Editor’s note: Alison Leuchtenburg, outreach intern at Free the Slaves was leader of Team Free the Slaves for the Stop Modern Slavery Walk this past Saturday. Below is her report from the event:
Congratulations to our partner DC Stop Modern Slavery for organizing a terrific Walk Against Modern Slavery on Saturday. The weather was perfect, and the turnout was fantastic with over 2000 registered walkers. A special thanks to all of you who joined the Free the Slaves walk team. I was glad to meet so many of you at the resource fair after the walk.
It was truly amazing to see so many people and organizations involved in the fight against modern slavery. Volunteers held signs and shouted slogans along the walk, and there was even one man dressed as Abraham Lincoln.
The resource fair had some great speakers, including Freedom Awards laureate Tina Frundt, who was inspirational as always. There was also live music with Crash Boom Omar of the band Crash Boom Bang, and Lamont Hiebert who is also the co-founder of Love146.
This was a real visual demonstration of how far we’ve come in raising awareness, with over 2000 walkers and more than 20 organizations, all doing their part to fight slavery. Saturday was a powerful sign that the tide is turning, and together, we will end slavery forever.