My Sisters’ Place Hosts Luncheon Focused on Human Trafficking in Westchester County

White Plains, NY (October 26th, 2017) – Close to 300 community members gathered at Brae Burn Country Club on October 26th for My Sisters’ Place’s (MSP) annual Fall Luncheon. This year’s theme was “Human Trafficking: A Decade of Westchester Stories”.  The event honored the 10 year anniversary of New York State’s anti-trafficking legislation that designated  MSP as the regional service provider for human trafficking.  Special guests included NY State Senator, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Westchester County District Attorney, Anthony Scarpino, and Westchester County Board of Legislators, Alfreda Williams and Michael B. Kaplowitz.

The afternoon included a panel discussion lead by Rebecca de Simone- Director of Human Trafficking Program at My Sisters’ Place, Andrea Panjwani- Managing Attorney of the Immigration Rights Practice at MSP, Hilda, a survivor of human trafficking, and Estelle Davis – Counsel to the Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs at NYS Department of Labor. The panelists shared stories of victims of human trafficking that were trafficked in Westchester and how the support of My Sisters’ Place changed their lives.

MSP honored Jackson Lewis P.C. and Allison Stangeby with Community Partner Awards. Jackson Lewis P.C. has supported MSP’s efforts for many years, through their White Plains office’s direct pro bono legal services and community assistance efforts. Jackson Lewis Partner, Mary Smith, and her four daughters have engaged in community events and fundraising efforts through the Mount Pleasant Girl Scouts.

Allison Stangeby is the Vice President of Community & Corporate Relations for the NY Giants and Director of the Giants Foundation. For 20 years she has utilized the team resources to benefit MSP through awareness building Mall Walks, significant support through our events, and educational opportunities within and outside of the Giants organization.

The event featured a cocktail hour, lunch, and silent auction. Event co-chairs were Samantha Daniels, Ale’ Frederico, Fran Katz, and Dalia Valdes.

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My Sisters’ Place has been serving Westchester County for the past 40 years helping victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.  Services include two confidential emergency shelters, a 24/7 crisis hotline, one-on-one counseling, legal services, children’s programs, teen and tween education programs, and community trainings.  MSP strives to engage each member of society in their work so that all relationships can embrace the principles of respect, equality, and peacefulness.