Rep. Fedor Holds Human Trafficking Awareness Forum In Cincinnati
Joins Lighthouse Youth Services, area advocates to discuss human trafficking prevention and homeless youth
January 16, 2014
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COLUMBUS- State Representative Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) traveled to Cincinnati today for a human trafficking awareness forum at the Lighthouse Sheakley Center for Youth. The focus of the forum was homeless youth and human trafficking intervention and prevention.

“We know that youth homelessness and being a victim of human trafficking have similar risk factors, so the conversation today was especially enlightening,” said Rep. Fedor. “It is helpful to have diverse perspectives and experiences for methods of prevention, intervention and support services. Local leaders were really engaged, and that’s exactly what we need.”

More than 50 community leaders, including Lighthouse President and CEO Bob Mecum, came together for the half-day event that included a Lighthouse Sheakly Center tour and visit with youth and staff, presentations and interview opportunities. Additionally, Mr. Mecum announced during the event an initiative to extend foster care services to age 21 – efforts which Rep. Fedor fully supports. Lighthouse Youth Services is a national leader in its work with youth aging out of the child welfare system and homeless youth, opening one of the country’s first shelters for runaway and homeless youth in 1976.

Rep. Fedor recently held her 5th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse, an event that drew hundreds of advocates and participants from all over the country. The state of Ohio also announced a new campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking, and Rep. Fedor recently saw movement from the Ohio Senate on her End Demand Act—a bill designed to address the consumer side of sex trafficking.

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