Rep. Fedor Sponsors 4th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Statewide Advocates Gather to Stop Modern-Day Slavery
January 11, 2013
 
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State Representative Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and the National Association of Social Workers hosted the Fourth Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Columbus Statehouse.  Special guests included Governor Kasich, Columbus Police Officer Ken Lawson, Dr. Celia Williamson, Michelle Hannan of the Salvation Army, Judges Paul Herbert and Greg Singer, U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart, and Director of the Attorney General’s Division of Children’s Initiatives Melinda Sykes.


The event’s keynote speaker was Linda Smith, former Washington State Representative, former Congresswoman, and founder of Shared Hope International.  Shared Hope International is part of a worldwide effort to eliminate the sexual exploitation of minors.  Protected Innocence, a project of Shared Hope International, recently gave Ohio a “C” grade for its human trafficking legislation, up 12 points from a “D” grade a year ago. 


“We are here today because a lot of good work has been done by a lot of dedicated people,” said Representative Fedor. “Trafficking in Ohio is prolific and hard to detect.  Through awareness events like this one, we continue to establish a statewide system to help victims.”


Representative Fedor has been organizing Human Trafficking Awareness Days to bring light to this important issue.  Human trafficking is a very real problem that is affecting more than 1,000 Ohio children every year.  More than 3,000 Ohio children are considered to be at high risk. 


Representative Fedor has passed several important pieces of legislation aimed at reducing human trafficking, and she will be working on new legislation in the coming year. 


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