Rep. Fedor Kicks-off Human Trafficking And Social Justice Conference
University event draws hundreds committed to fight against trafficking
September 10, 2015
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State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) greeted researchers, practitioners and advocates today at the 12th annual University of Toledo’s International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference, hosted by the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition.

Since 2004, the Annual Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference has brought individuals together to collaborate on research, advocacy and program development related to fighting human trafficking.

“Eradicating modern day slavery is one of the greatest challenges we face,” said Fedor. “I commend these ‘everyday heroes’ as they combat human trafficking by educating and serving their communities. Through greater research, advocacy, and collaboration, we can strengthen our efforts to protect society’s most vulnerable.”

This spring, the University of Toledo celebrated the opening of a Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute within the College of Social Justice and Human Service. The mission of the new institute is to respond to human trafficking and social justice through teaching, research and service.

As a champion and voice for victims of human trafficking across the state of Ohio, Rep. Fedor formed the Trafficking in Persons Study Commission, called for a human trafficking specification in law and successfully passed Senate Bill 235 – a bill that explained what human trafficking was, made it a crime, and gave it a penalty; the Toledo lawmaker has also passedthe Safe Harbor Act – a victim centered bill ensuring minor victims get services; and the End Demand Act, which includes harsher penalties for the solicitation of minors. 

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