Greek fest logoMembers of the Philoptochos Society pictured in 2016 / Aileen Maroney photoThe philanthropic group of St. Barbara's Philoptochos, part of St. Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church, has scheduled a free program to tell the community about human trafficking.

Called "Sins Before Our Eyes," it is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, in the auditorium at St. Athanasius, 4 Appleton St. at  Mass. Ave.

People 18 years or older may attend the event featuring guest speakers,  discussions and refreshments. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. Those interested are asked to register in advance. The registration link can be accessed here >>

Inspired by the recent feature film, "Sound of Freedom," members of Philoptochos say that they wish to raise awareness that people of all ages, genders and backgrounds can fall prey to various kinds of trafficking—which some experts estimate victimizes some 27 million people worldwide

The speakers are educators devoted to combatting human trafficking, their work supported by both the Ecumenical Patriach and Greek Orthodox leaders around the world. They include Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou, visiting professor at Boston College; Presvytera Maria Drossos, member of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Task Force on Modern Slavery; and Dr. Vasileia Digidiki, a Harvard University instructor. 

Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou / photo couresy Saint Athanasius Church Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou Dr. Vasileia Digidiki / photo couresy Saint Athanasius Church
Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou Presvytera Maria Drossos / photo couresy Saint Athanasius Church

 In a recent email to YourArlington, church member Nicholas Kriketos wrote, "Our goal is to get the word out and make an effort to inform others. Our presenters are amazing, too, with extensive backgrounds, in this work that is globally recognized."

Philoptochos is both the largest organization of Greek Orthodox women in the United States and the second-largest ladies’ philanthropic society in the U.S., Kriketos said. 

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This news announcement was published Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, based on information from Saint Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church in Arlington.