Members of the Columbus School of Law’s International Law Student Association, accompanied by Professors Mary Leary and Clifford Fishman, represented the Law School at the UNBOUND Walk (Uniting the Movement to End Human Trafficking) on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Washington, D.C.
The contingent from CUA Law won an award for being the third largest team at the event while raising $545 for a variety of anti-trafficking and survivor support causes.
The purpose of UNBOUND is to unify the anti-slavery movement by providing a platform for organizations to raise awareness and funds, engage with community members, collaborate, and explore new innovations.
The march began from a symbolic location, President Abraham Lincoln’s summer cottage on the grounds of the Old Soldiers Home not far from the campus of The Catholic University of America. It then processed downtown, eventually circling around the Washington Monument before concluding.
The official program included speeches, music, and exhibits designed to raise public awareness of the widespread scourge of human trafficking and slavery, which is much more widespread around the world and in the United States than many people believe.
UNBOUND is organized by the community volunteers of DC Stop Modern Slavery. Since the annual event began in 2009, it has raised more than $325,000 and registered over 6,500 attendees.