Jumping in January

This month is going to be extremely busy but for the most worthy of reasons. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. We will be working very closely with the Tri-State Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Slavery, the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery, the Coalition on Human Trafficking, as well as local schools, colleges, service agencies, local hotels, and even the Governor’s office and other elected officials.

Most of our events this month are private but there is are three public events I would like to suggest you consider attending.

Human Trafficking Informational Workshop
Sunday, January 6, 2 PM
@ Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Kevin Schwendinger and Lisa Schmidt will touch on several aspects of human trafficking, including historical perspectives of trafficking, how traffickers function, and who are the victims of trafficking. Additionally, they will discuss local resources and initiatives that are dedicated to combat human trafficking. There will be a question and answer session after the presentation. 18+. Free. 563-589-4225. dubuque.lib.ia.us.

They are members of the Tri-State Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Slavery and we are really excited about their presentation.


Information about Human Trafficking

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Hillcrest Family Services    2005 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Human trafficking impacts our community, and it’s up to us to end it. Join us for this free training by presenter Suzie Wright, Executive Director of Set Free Dubuque, and learn the signs of trafficking and how you can help stop it. This event is open to community members interested in co-creating a better society and is brought to you by the Dubuque chapters of Teens Against Human Trafficking and Achieving Maximum Potential.



And tentatively, there may be a presentation for the public in Hazel Green on January 13. More details to come.

Thank you all for coming today!


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.

November 3, 2018 – Today is the Day! And so is November 18!

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.

SF Nov 18 at TR

Thank you!


3rd Annual Walk to Set Free

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.

2 Posters for 2018 UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

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