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Contact: Robin Rossmanith
Shop To Stop Slavery
4613 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
Local Organizations Plan Human Trafficking Awareness Event for January 11th
Local anti-human trafficking organizations and activists team up to educate Northeast Florida about global and local human trafficking issues.
Jacksonville, FL, January 3, 2011 — January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. In 2007, the US Senate designated January 11th as Human Trafficking Awareness Day to promote the efforts of agencies working to fight modern day slavery. Several agencies in Northeast Florida are joining efforts to raise awareness about modern day slavery by hosting a film screening and panel discussion. The event will be held Tuesday, January 11th from 7 – 9 pm at Journey Church. Journey Church is located at 5941 Richard Road, Jacksonville, FL 32216.
Human trafficking, also known as modern day slavery, exists on a local, national, and global scale. Slaves can be found making clothing, harvesting food, and being sold in brothels, hotels, and on the street corner for sex. 27 million slaves are held in captivity worldwide. Human trafficking is estimated to be a thriving industry with annual revenues of 32 billion dollars.
According to Seth Johnson, Advocacy Director for Transitions Global “Human trafficking can seem devastating, but there is hope.”
Agencies worldwide are investigating instances of slavery, rescuing victims, prosecuting slave owners, and providing therapy for survivors. Other organizations are raising a social consciousness and working to end the demand for slaves. Several of these organizations are located in Northeast Florida. These agencies are raising awareness of human trafficking on January 11th with a documentary screening and panel discussion.
Organizations participating in the event include Shop To Stop Slavery, Made By Survivors/The Emancipation Network, Transitions Global, World Relief Jacksonville, The Cooking Activist, and Amnesty International. The documentary screening is sponsored by and will take place at Journey Church 5941 Richard Road Jacksonville, FL 32216 from 7 – 9 pm. After the screening members of these agencies will answers questions from viewers.
Northeast Florida residents can commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11th by attending the film screening at Journey Church. Attendees will leave with the tools needed to end slavery.
For more information please contact Robin Rossmanith of Shop To Stop Slavery at 904.838.5339 or Robin@ShoptoStopSlavery.com.