Memphis organization aims to bring awareness to human trafficking issue

Shalom Fisk talking to her mother after the walk. Fisk said her mother had her back throughout this process.

This year for one woman’s birthday she decided to host a walk for human trafficking.

Approximately 1.2 million children are trafficked every year according to Unicef.

An organization called Abolishing Injustice in the 21st Century (A21) has formed teams as far in Thailand and as local as here in Memphis. It’s a global incentive to bring awareness to human trafficking.

The organization works with survivors by providing legal counsel, working with government agencies and educating the next generation.

 

One of its founders, Christine Caine, started the organization as a blog. As time went on, the site began to grow and people began to join the movement. This year Caine decided to host a worldwide walk on her fifty birthday to celebrate.

Shalom Fisk talking to her mother after the walk. Fisk said her mother had her back throughout this process.

There were over 300 walks that took place in forty countries. As far as Oslo, Norway and as close as Germantown. The organization tracked each walk through a hashtag called #WalkForFreedom. The walk that took place in Germantown was hosted by Shalom Fisk.

Fisk is a student at the University of Memphis and serves as the Memphis representative for A21. This was her first event for the organization but it won’t be the last.

She was proud of how many people were able to come but looks for more next year. But not everyone that came were from Memphis. Two women drove two hours to come be a part of the walk and want to bring awareness to their communities.

A21 has already began to plan for the walk in 2017 posting: Save the date October 14, 2016.

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Keyera Gates
Keyera Gates is a senior Broadcast Journalism major at the University of Memphis from the great state of Georgia. Keyera is the Vice President of the university’s news station and serves as the public relations representative as well as a videographer for the campuses record label Blue TOM Records. She is dedicated to seeing more women of color graduate from the University of Memphis and so much so that she decided to live on campus her last year as a resident advisor to pass on her knowledge. She desires to become a radio personality and is making the efforts toward that by starting a podcast and a Youtube channel.

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