Winona State University-Rochester will offer “Human Trafficking: A Human Tragedy,” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Heinz Center, Building A.

Co-presenters Judy Chiodo and Linda Weiser will lead dialogue on the complexity of human trafficking, explore the nature and magnitude of the problem, and increase awareness of how it impacts the region.

In recent years the topic of human trafficking has received political and media attention. The 2010 Human Trafficking in Minnesota Report indicated that trafficking victims from all over the world have been identified in Minnesota. In addition, the report notes the FBI ranks Minnesota as the 13th largest center for human trafficking for children.

Chiodo and Weiser are Rochester Franciscan Sisters. Chiodo serves on a Human Trafficking Working Group in her Franciscan community, collaborates with the Civil Society of Saint Paul and has worked with the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking. Wieser works with victims of violence utilizing her skills in spiritual guidance and integrative body work.

This community outreach event is free and open to the public.

The Sept. 27 event will be followed by a two-day professional development workshop offed by WSU-Rochester Friday, Sept. 28 through Saturday, Sept. 29 at the University Center, Rochester.

To register for the community outreach event or the two-day professional development workshop visit (search course by title), or contact the Outreach and Continuing Education Department at 1-800-DIAL-WSU(ext. 5080) or


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