January Proclamation of Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness month

January 2018 is upon us and the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery is asking all allies to take local action to fight and one day end trafficking in Iowa.

On Wednesday, January 17th, Governor Kim Reynolds will be declaring January as Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month. We invite you to attend the proclamation signing at the Governor’s Formal Office at 10:30 a.m., January 17th and other “Day on the Hill” activities as detailed in this “Save the Date” flyer (PDF).

If you can join us on January 17th, please let your state representative and senator know that you will be planning to meet and talk to them about supporting legislation to fight this heinous crime.

If you can not participate on January 17th, we ask that you send the “Save the Date” flyer to your legislator with a personal note expressing your concern with this growing problem.

Also, we ask that you take a proclamation to your local City Council or Board of Supervisors to declare an upcoming week in January as your local observance. Attend the city council or Board of Supervisors meeting and speak about local efforts to combat trafficking. Here are some resources for when you go:

Those of you on college campuses could consider a similar declaration by your student government body or even the Iowa Board of Regents.

This would also be a good opportunity to announce a training or anti-human trafficking lecture or panel discussion. If you need a speaker, contact one of the direct service or prevention programs listed in the resource section of the Iowa NAHT website. Celine Villongco, Human Trafficking Coordinator at the Attorney General’s office, is also a well informed speaker. Her contact information is as follows: Celine Villongco, celine.villongco@ag.iowa.gov. You can also look at our Iowa NAHT board list for a local speaker. There are already several excellent trainings and speaking gigs listed on the Network website calendar, in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, and Ames.

Hope to see you in Des Moines at the State Capitol Building on Wednesday, January 17th at 10:30 a.m. Let’s make Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month our springboard to accelerate Iowa’s progress toward ending trafficking.