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Lepore-Hagan supports efforts in fight against human trafficking

Applauds awareness raised by sixth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day
January 15, 2015
Michele Lepore-Hagan News

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) applauded the awareness raised by today’s sixth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse. The event, organized by State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), brings together law enforcement officials, advocates and survivors from all over the nation for a day of discussion on ways to raise awareness and fight back against human trafficking in Ohio.

“In a land that is a beacon of freedom to the world, there remains those in the shadows whose freedom is denied,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “Human trafficking is a deeply troubling issue across both the nation and here in our own state. I hope that by raising awareness of this important issue, we can help the fight to eradicate modern day slavery and trafficking.”   

Numerous state officials and national anti-trafficking advocates delivered remarks this morning, and hundreds of event attendees participated in breakout panels focused on law enforcement and social work topics. A portion of the afternoon was reserved for human trafficking survivors to share their experiences.

Other special guests and participants included Franklin County Municipal Judge Paul M. Herbert; U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty; Ohio Governor John Kasich; Ohio House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton); Ohio Human Trafficking Coordinator Elizabeth Ranade-Janis; Former CEO of Procter & Gamble and Founding Counselor for the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking John Pepper Jr.; Judges Greg Singer, Connie Zemmelman and Denise Navarre Cubbon; U.S. Attorney Heather Hill; and human trafficking survivors.