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:
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.
Sorry that the month of April was such a blur. There were a few opportunities to meet with individuals concerned about human trafficking, I also met with a number of college and high school students who were eager and excited to know more and do “something” to combat human trafficking in their schools and community.
There was a two day summit in Altoona, Iowa attended by more than 600 people to discuss what is true and current in human trafficking. One of the many best things about this time were the opportunities to listen to the survivors stories so that we will be better able to assist survivors as they come along. Another blessing was to come together with other abolitionists who are fighting the good fight.
Last week the film, “Invisible Hands” played at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. It is an excellent film about global child labor trafficking. Take the time to see this film if it plays near you. The filmmaker, Shraysi Tandon, is lovely and had really excellent information about this topic. Learn more about this film at: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6980550/reference
On morning of May 5, the University of Dubuque’s Spartan Nation Liberation Foundation will be holding a color run/walk to promote human trafficking awareness. Please attend and support these efforts, if you can.
Here is a link to the event! https://www.facebook.com/events/197834247639435/
In January, I was asked to speak in Minnesota on the generalities of human trafficking and then had the privilege of meeting Sister Ann Redmond, CSJ who worked tirelessly to assist trafficking victims in Minnesota. She then shared information about localized human trafficking in the Twin Cities and the deep need to pass better legislation to protect and assist victims and survivors.
I am saddened to hear that she has recently passed away but grateful to have had the chance to learn from her.
Sr. Ann was a dynamic inspiration and our prayers go out to her family and congregation. Here is a link to an article about her.