Today was a great day and we are so thankful that so many braved the bad weather and came today. Thank you to the Rosheck Building staff, Charlotte’s Coffee House, Cathy Campbell from CNC Karaoke, The staff and volunteers from Waypoint and Riverview Center, and the Police Auxiliary Staff. And thank you to all who came because they wanted to make a stand for those across our world who are not free.
So looking forward to seeing people at the 3rd Annual Walk to Set Free.
Each year the event has been a little different and featured many different organizations. Though the storm clouds may be leaking, we will not be shaken.
This event is rain-or-shine.
If there is rain falling at 10:0AM, we will simply do an in-door walk that will be more interactive that the silent walk we are currently planning.
Happy to report that the manager at Tony Roma’s inside the Grand Harbor Hotel and Waterpark has agreed to donate $15 of any patron’s bill if they mention this fundraiser when they enter the restaurant on November 18, 2018 from 5 AM- 9 PM.
We are so looking forward to this year’s walk. We have heard from the Tri-State Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Slavery, the Clarke University PB&J, and the UD Spartan Nation Liberation Federation that they are attending this year’s walk. We hope to hear from more groups that are coming from the local organizations and schools. Please come and stand for justice and walk for freedom. Wear black. If you choose to bring signs, please make sure they have positive language as this is an awareness walk not a protest. Check in will begin at 9:30 AM and the walk will start at 10:00 AM. Charlotte’s will have their food and beverage truck on site to sell if you need a little sustenance that morning. Cathy Campbell from C&C Karaoke will be providing the sound. We are thankful for the support of the Roshek Building management which is hosting our event for the 3rd year. This is a free event. There will be information tables with information from local organizations seeking to stop human trafficking. Tee shirt will be on hand for sale to help support Set Free Dubuque.
Our intern Jamilah has created two posters to promote awareness about human trafficking.
Here is a bit about Jamilah:
My name is Jamilah, and I am a Senior in high school. I started working with Set Free this summer after a family friend Suzie Wright suggested that I volunteer with them. While volunteering I learned much more about the scary world that is human trafficking. The ideas for both posters came from my disbelief when learning the statistics of human trafficking. My poster depicting the girl with a barcode on her neck was to show how people in the trafficking world aren’t seen as humans, they are just numbers ready to work for the highest bidder. The poster with the number of convictions worldwide shows that while Governments and independent organizations are trying to help, they simply aren’t making a large impact. The reality is that humans are being bought and sold all over the world for a variety of disturbing things and it needs to stop.
See them here:
Human Trafficking poster #1
Human Trafficking Poster #2-rev
On July 30, 2018, at 7 PM, Set Free Dubuque is hosting a free screening of the short film “Chosen – The True Story of America’s Trafficked Teens,” at Statera: Integrated Health and Wellness Solutions in honor of the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
The film focuses on teenage sex trafficking. Following the screening will be a question and answer session about human trafficking concerns in the Dubuque area.
The screening and q&a will be facilitated by Suzanne Wright, Executive Director of Set Free Dubuque, which is a non-profit organization seeking to educate the community, advocate for victims, and eliminate the demand for human trafficking.
The screening will be held in the lower level of Statera: Integrated Health and Wellness Solutions located at 3375 Lake Ridge Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003.
The screening will be free thanks to the people at Statera and an employee donation matching grant program from John Deere. Wright and Set Free are also part of the Tri-State Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Slavery. Other members of the coalition will also be present.
Here is more information about the film.