National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month 2014

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month 2014

By Sydney Schultz

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President Barack Obama has recently named January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Obama proclaimed:

“Now, therefore, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2014 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1. I call upon businesses, national and community organizations, faith-based groups, families, and all Americans to recognize the vital role we can play in ending all forms of slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.”

Human trafficking is such a serious problem in society and the only way to put an end to it is to become aware of the dangers and consequences that it brings. January being named National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month gives citizens of the United States a chance to reflect and to commit to ending this trafficking in all forms. This is a modern day form of slavery. Slavery still exists!

The first ever Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Club meeting at Seton took place on Wednesday, January 15 after school in the Guidance Department. Club meetings will be held every other Wednesday after school. This is a great way for students to learn about human trafficking and to make a difference in their community.

Senior and club member Jessica Frey said, “I’m glad I came to the first meeting because I found out many opportunities that are taking place to help end human trafficking. I plan to attend a workshop to hear speakers about this issue on January 31 at the American Red Cross. Everyone should get involved.”

*Photo was posted by  “wellspringliving” in Community Development at http://wellspringliving.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/national-human-trafficking-awareness-day-2/ 

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