Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 10/21/14
A headshot of Donna Sabella is photoshopped over a scene of Moravian College's South Campus.

ABOVE: Donna Sabella (inset), assistant clinical professor at Drexel University, will present "Human Trafficking: Global and Local Perspectives," at Moravian College's Foy Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m. The lecture is free of charge and the public is welcome.


Sipple Lecture Examines Human Trafficking Oct. 22

Drexel University Professor Donna Sabella to Present 2014 Sipple Nursing Lecture

By Alyssa D'Ippolito ’15

Donna Sabella, assistant clinical professor and director of global studies at the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University, will visit Moravian College's Foy Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, to present a lecture on "Human Trafficking: Global and Local Perspectives.” Sabella's talk is part of the Eighth Annual Janet A. Sipple Lectureship. It is free of charge and the public is welcome.

Sabella's lecture on sex trafficking fits into this year's IN FOCUS theme, War, Peace-building and the Just Society. Examining sex trafficking at a local level will help to challenge humanity by looking for a way to help solve an important, but often times overlooked, issue in our community, organizers said.

"As nurses, we try to look at the effects of different variables and issues of the community at large; not just the local, but global community," said Susan Scholtz, associate professor of nursing. "In the case of sex trafficking, so much focuses on the global perspective where young women in other countries have been taken for sex trafficking, when in fact it is happening in our own back yard."

As one of the founding members of Dawn's Place, a residential recovery program for trafficked women, and founder of Project Phoenix, an outreach program that provides support for trafficked women, both in Philadelphia, Sabella has dedicated her life to studying sex trafficking and putting her knowledge into practice.

Sabella has also presented at numerous conferences regarding prostitution and sex trafficking-related issues, and their significance not only globally, but on a local scale as well.

"Regardless of what you're majoring in, you should be aware of what is going on.”

– Susan Scholtz

"It tends to affect young women and, of course, men, but you're a vulnerable population in terms of this problem," said Scholtz, recognizing the potential for danger. "It is in the media all the time where young college students find themselves in vulnerable situations. You are at risk for human trafficking. We want to educate you by increasing your awareness. This way we may be able to protect anyone against this threat."

Accompanying Sabella will be a survivor of sex trafficking who will speak about her personal experience as a trafficked woman and what society can do to help other women from going through the same experience.

"Regardless of what you're majoring in, you should be aware of what is going on,” Scholtz concluded. “There are issues like sex trafficking that occur under our nose, and we need to take action now."

The Janet A. Sipple Lecture Endowment Fund, which funds the lecture, was created to honor Sipple for her role in establishing The St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College. The endowment was conceived in consultation with members of the nursing faculty to support programming on international health care, public health leadership, or world community service.

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