Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) announced that the 13th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Summit will take place virtually on Friday, March 4, 2022. The event is co-hosted by state Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) and state Representatives Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and Tracy Richardson (R-Marysville).
“The Human Trafficking Awareness Summit is an opportunity for people to learn more about the ways this modern-day form of slavery impacts those who are rescued, their families, and communities as a whole,” Fedor said. “Although I have worked on legislation to end human trafficking for 16 years, I always walk away from this event having learned something new with renewed inspiration to continue the fight. I am so proud to put on this event every year.”
Since 2010, the Human Trafficking Awareness Summit has brought together survivors, advocates and organizations from throughout the state who work to eradicate human trafficking. During the day, experts will cover the role law enforcement, health care and social services play in the fight against sex trafficking and labor trafficking. It will also provide resources and ideas for attendees to use in their work to identify and eliminate all forms of human trafficking in their communities. Additionally, this year’s event will feature a presentation on the family impacts of human trafficking survivors based on a mother’s experience.
“The fight to end human trafficking takes a strong, community level and survivor-centered approach,” Fedor said. “While I wish we could gather together in-person as in years past, I’m glad that the virtual event makes the summit safer and more accessible to attendees throughout Ohio and beyond. I encourage all who are interested in this issue to attend to learn how they can help make our communities safer.”
Additional details, including how to register and the list of speakers, are forthcoming.