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.
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.