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Advocate for torture victims to speak at Hudson United Methodist

Attorney Tom Plunkett, a volunteer for the St. Paul-based Center for Victims of Torture, will speak Sunday, April 1, at the Hudson United Methodist Church's monthly adult forum from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

The center provides healing opportunities for victims of torture who come to St. Paul from many places in the world. It works to abolish torture worldwide and develops programs and training for people working with torture victims.

Plunkett is a criminal defense attorney and former JAG officer and Cobra pilot in the U.S. Army. He has repeatedly been recognized as a "Minnesota Super Lawyer" for having a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The Rev. Dr. Ruwal Freese, pastoral assistant at Hudson United Methodist Church, invites anyone interested in the subject to attend Sunday's forum.

"It just seemed right to deal with torture during Holy Week, when so much of our worship is centered in our Lord Jesus' torture and suffering. The casual acceptance of our government's participation in torture is a concern for all Americans, especially Christians," Freese said.

The congregation invites all to come to breakfast at 9 a.m. and stay for the forum.

The breakfast is a senior high youth group fundraising project. Any donation received will go to support the youth group's summer mission trip to the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana.

The forum takes place between the church's 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday worship services.

Hudson United Methodist Church is located at 1401 Laurel Ave. The phone is (715) 386-3921.