Sykes Supports Efforts In Fight Against Human Trafficking
Applauds awareness raised by sixth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) applauded the awareness raised by Thursday's sixth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse. The event, organized by State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), brings together law enforcement officials, advocates and survivors from all over the nation for a day of discussion on ways to raise awareness and fight back against human trafficking in Ohio.

“It’s important that we continue our support for efforts that protect and support victims and survivors of human trafficking,” said Rep. Sykes. “This issue requires active engagement from a broad army of people including the business community, non-profit organizations, lawmakers and law enforcement. I applaud Rep. Fedor for her work on bringing so many individuals and organizations together to tackle this issue, and I encourage more people to become involved in eradicating human trafficking.”

Numerous state officials and national anti-trafficking advocates delivered remarks this morning, and hundreds of event attendees participated in breakout panels focused on law enforcement and social work topics. A portion of the afternoon was reserved for human trafficking survivors to share their experiences.

Other special guests and participants included Franklin County Municipal Judge Paul M. Herbert; U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty; Ohio Governor John Kasich; Ohio House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton); Ohio Human Trafficking Coordinator Elizabeth Ranade-Janis; Former CEO of Procter & Gamble and Founding Counselor for the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking John Pepper Jr.; Judges Greg Singer, Connie Zemmelman and Denise Navarre Cubbon; U.S. Attorney Heather Hill; and human trafficking survivors.

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