We are Valerie Ammar-Khodja, Lauren Hall, and Logan Woolcock, three seniors at Hughesville High School. Last year we had the opportunity to compete for a grant for a social change project to better our community through the Youth Leadership program at Penn College. We were fortunate to receive full funding for our Race for Freedom, which will raise awareness of human trafficking in our area and all of the proceeds will be donated to organizations that fight it.
Human trafficking is defined as “a form of modern day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will.” It can happen to anyone. No matter race, age, or gender. In 2017 there were 199 cases of human trafficking reported in Pennsylvania. Participants will be able to speak with representatives from Transitions, the YWCA, Expectations, and local police officers to gain more insight on ways to identify, fight, and prevent this atrocity. The best way to fight human trafficking is awareness and education.
Transitions of PA is a crisis center that provides a safe place to stay, education, and advocacy for victims, survivors, families, and communities to end violence and abuse in situations of human trafficking. The YWCA of Northcentral helps women and their families build better lives and live with dignity and peace. The proceeds from the race will be donated to both of these organizations.
Our event will take place on September 29th in Indian Park in Montoursville. The 5k race will start at 9 a.m., with registration opening at 8. After the race, participants and their families will be able to speak with representatives from the previously mentioned organizations and purchase food from local Boy Scouts and Rotary clubs.
Hope to see you there!