Hugh Organ of Covenant House to Discuss Human Trafficking in Philadelphia

Chestnut Hill College to Present Film “Very Young Girls”

Release Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will host a program on human trafficking “Trafficked in our Backyard of Philly” on Wednesday, February 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the Redmond Room, St. Joseph Hall.


The event will include a viewing of the Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) film, “Very Young Girls,” an expose of human trafficking that follows thirteen and fourteen-year-old American girls on the street. Hugh Organ, associate executive director of Covenant House, the largest nonprofit shelter in Philadelphia, will lead a panel discussing human trafficking and how the local community can take action in the Philadelphia area.


Hugh Organ has spent most of his career serving youth within the child welfare system in residential placement and in foster care programs. In 2000, he began his service at Covenant House Pennsylvania, the largest nonprofit shelter provider for runaway, homeless, and trafficked youth in Philadelphia.


Since 2005, Organ has also served on the Philadelphia Anti-Trafficking Coalition providing both training, outreach services, and shelter for trafficking victims. The coalition consists of 56 agencies working together to fight human trafficking in the Philadelphia region.


The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Marie Conn, Ph.D at 215.248.7044 or e-mail