by Amanda Kloer
On September 26, community groups from across the country will come together and walk to fight child trafficking. Grassroots organization DC Stop Modern Slavery (DCSMS) will host the DC Walk to Stop Child Trafficking at Meridian Hill Park from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., making it largest anti -human trafficking event ever in the nation’s capital and drawing attention to child trafficking in front of politicians and policy makers from across the country.
DC walkers will join their counterparts in more than 50 U.S. cities and on 40 U.S. university campuses to highlight September as Combating Human Trafficking Month. The nationwide effort is being coordinated by Stop Child Trafficking Now, a New York-based non-profit organization working to address the demand side of sex trafficking. In DC, local artists will perform rock, country, hip-hop, jazz, and cultural music while local and national human trafficking experts speak. And across the country, everyone from truckers to lawyers to students to pastors will come together and take a stand against child trafficking.
Here’s how you can get involved:
If you live in the Washington, DC area, get your family, some friends, or your community group together and sign up for the DC Walk to Stop Child Trafficking.
If you live somewhere else, find a walk near you and get involved. Stop Child Trafficking walks are happening all over the country. If you can’t find a walk near you, Stop Child Trafficking will help you start one. Or, you could consider supporting another walk financially.
All proceeds are shared between Stop Child Trafficking Now and a local anti-trafficking organization.
September 26 will be a historic opportunity to put child trafficking on the national agenda. I will be bringing you all the action from the DC walk, and I hope all of you who attend other walks will send in stories and pictures as well. Together, we can stop child trafficking.
Photo credit: Why Are You Sad, Kelly by Tacit Requiem