Sex trafficking summit next week in Charleston

A summit on sex trafficking is set for next week in Charleston.

The Child Abuse and Sex Trafficking Summit will be held April 8-9, mainly at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The featured speaker is Lisa Williams, of Atlanta, who works with victims of violence and trafficking through Living Water for Girls and Living Water Learning Resource Center.

She will start off Wednesday morning at Burke High School, speaking to students about how to recognize when they or a friend might be in danger.

Williams will speak during a reception and book signing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 8 in MUSC’s Clyburn Research Center at 68 President St.

A community workshop and panel discussion is set from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 9 at MUSC’s Baruch Auditorium at 284 Calhoun St. The panel includes law enforcement, legal services and legislation advocates. The workshop will feature Austen Brown Williams, a former Miss South Carolina Teen and last year’s Mrs. America when she was living in Texas, whose platform was human trafficking awareness.

The summit is organized by the Charleston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

The sessions are free but advance registration is required at

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.