Ask any kid about "Orlando" and you'll hear about Mickey Mouse, Disney World, Sea World, Universal, and other kid-friendly places.
Who thinks of child slavery happening in the "happiest place on earth"?
But children are trafficked right here in Orlando (where I live) just as in cities all over the world.
That's why I'm part of Orlando Rescue and Restore Coalition, a partnership of non-profits, government agencies, faith-based organizations, corporations, and concerned citizens all working together to stop human trafficking in our borders.
Join us this Sunday for our 3rd annual Freedom Rally (where yours truly will be speaking):
Join the fight against human trafficking
Sun., Jan. 16, 2011
1-5 pm (Rally at 3 pm)
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola
195 N. Rosalind Ave.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will issue a Proclamation Against Human Trafficking and several abolitionists will speak.
You'll also hear from human trafficking survivors from central Florida who'll tell their stories.
I always say that whatever I know about domestic human trafficking, I learned at Orlando Rescue and Restore Coalition meetings. ORRC is a model for other anti-trafficking coalitions throughout the US--a partnership of groups like these all working together to stop human slavery in our area:
- Non-profits like The Born2Fly Project to stop child trafficking and many others
- Local law enforcement like Orlando Police Department and Florida Highway Patrol
- State agencies like Department of Children and Families
- National agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- International organizations such as embassies and consulates based in Florida
- Faith-based organizations
- Corporations like The Body Shop
- And many more