Manchester hosts activist fighting child slavery, human trafficking

Carol Hart Metzker, award-winning author of Facing the Monster: How One Person Can Fight Child Slavery, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Manchester University.

The public is invited to the free program in the Jo Young Switzer Center on the North Manchester campus. A reception follows.

Metzker will show how University students can change lives by raising awareness, taking personal actions to help prevent slavery and by supporting survivors of human trafficking and child slavery. MU students will learn about products they consume that contribute to slavery and how to identify possible victims in their communities. Metzker will equip students with connections, resources, videos, materials and web links.

“If you look into the eyes of a survivor of child slavery, you see the greatest depth of hope imaginable … and pain that haunts for a lifetime,” said Metzker, who discovered a shelter for human trafficking survivors near her Pennsylvania home and met child slavery survivors in India.  “As you experience the power of bright, energetic students who are facing a compelling challenge, you are watching our future unfold. Bringing students together to learn more about human trafficking just might be the spark in the present that relegates child slavery to history.”

Facing the Monster: How One Person Can Fight Child Slavery is about children rescued from slavery and the plight of hidden victims worldwide. Metzker received Rotary International’s highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, and she works with many organizations that are fighting human trafficking, including Rotarian Action Group Against Child Slavery.

Learn more about Carol Hart Metzker at

Carol Hart MetzkerDuring the day on Oct. 23, Metzker is keynote speaker for a Rotary World Affairs Conference hosted by Manchester University. About 1,200 high school students across northern Indiana will participate in the Rotary District 6540 event, which will be web broadcast to six other sites. That presentation is sensitively tailored for a young audience and is not public.

Metzker also is co-author of Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn. She earned a master’s degree from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree from Penn State. Her husband and two daughters join her on projects to aid survivors of slavery and human trafficking.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

October 15, 2014

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