WASHINGTON DC, 10 APR 2012- Stop Modern Slavery (DC SMS) has announced that the person who recruits the most people for his or her 2012 Stop Modern Slavery Walk team will win a trip to witness anti-slavery work being done in Ghana. The Hovde Foundation — a funding partner of Challenging Heights’ rehabilitation shelter in Ghana — is sponsoring the prize.
DC SMS will host the 2012 Stop Modern Slavery Walk on Saturday, Sept. 29 on the National Mall. The one-mile walk aims to increase awareness about human trafficking and unite anti-slavery constituents in the government, non-governmental agencies and the general public. The walk also aims to raise funds for non-profit organizations that are active in the anti-slavery movement.
More than 2,000 people participated in last year’s walk, and the effort raised nearly $100,000.
Joe Flippin, director of the 2012 walk, said DC SMS was thankful for the Hovde Foundation’s “generous gift” of sponsoring the seven- to 10-day trip to Ghana, where the foundation has a rehabilitation home for former slaves. He said the award would help bring new energy and foster active participation in the anti-slavery movement.
Since 2011, the Hovde House near Winneba, Ghana has served as a place of refuge for children rescued from slavery. Since 2009, the foundation also has supported Challenging Heights — an organization founded by former child slave James Kofi Annan, now a global leader in the anti-slavery movement.
Jeffrey Boyd — executive director of the Hovde Foundation – said, “We’re offering this prize as an incentive for participants to raise more funds and awareness for the event. The deserving winner will get a unique, firsthand perspective on the incredible work being done in Ghana to end slavery.”
For the 2012 walk, DC SMS encourages active participation and walker recruitment among people not currently involved in the anti-slavery movement, including students, area professionals, community volunteers, and stay-at-home parents.
The winner will be announced during the walk program. Paid staff of walk partner organizations, Stop Modern Slavery members, and host committee members are ineligible for the award. More information about the walk can be found at walk.stopmodernslavery.org.
Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing illicit industries, with an estimated 27 million people enslaved worldwide. According to the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs, modern-day slavery exists in several forms, including forced or coerced labor, involuntary domestic servitude, sex trafficking and child sex trafficking — among other types.
DC SMS began in 2004 as a small group of concerned citizens and has grown into an action-oriented group of volunteers with more than 1,000 members devoted to ending modern-day slavery. For more information on DC SMS, please visit www.walk.stopmodernslavery.org.