Local community activist Joy Prim will present an update on human trafficking in Orange County during the Leisure World Democratic Club upcoming meeting on Wednesday, July 19th in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 at 1:00. All Leisure World Democrats as well as Club members and guests are also welcome to bring a brown bag lunch for informal round table discussions beginning at 12:15.
Joy Prim, originally from North Carolina, was commissioned in 2011 to serve as a intern in Hong Kong where she worked with migrant workers, 98 percent of whom are women who are subject to overwork, underpay, and sexual or physical abuse.
In 2013, Joy was reassigned as an outreach associate at the Filipino Migrant Center in Long Beach. With the ongoing immigration debate here in the United States, she soon found herself again heavily involved in community organizing for migrant rights. Many of her clients were victims of labor trafficking who found themselves working in hotels as housekeepers or as caregivers for aging Americans. “I saw the same type of exploitation in Long Beach that I saw in Hong Kong,” Prim shares.
At the end of her three-year assignment, Joy’s passion for justice lead her to resign from her intern position in order to stay on at the Migrant Center. Her current assignment is working with human trafficking victims in Orange County.
Fundraiser update! Leisure World’s own professional pianist Hank Barto has agreed to play a few tunes and accompany singer Eva Gantz at the Club’s July 29th fundraising brunch! California Senator Ed Hernandez, and expert on health care legislation will be the featured speaker. All Leisure World Democrats, their families, and friends are invited to attend. Tickets are $25. each and $125. per table of six. Reservations are required and can be obtained by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.