CUA International Law Students Association
Joins Protest against Human Trafficking
Approximately 30 members of Catholic University’s International Law Students Association lent their voices and presence to a national protest against human trafficking, and particularly child sexual trafficking, in an effort to raise public awareness about its costs to the victims and to society at large.
The DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk was held at the National Mall on Oct. 23, 2010. The event turned out to be the largest of its kind in the city’s history.
The CUA Law delegation, including Dean Veryl Miles, joined participants from DC law enforcement, government, non-governmental organizations/non-profits, faith-based organizations, and individuals committed to eradicating the modern slave trade.
Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world. The State Department estimates that between 14,500 and 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked annually into the United States and the University of Pennsylvania calculates that 200,000 to 300,000 children are at high risk for sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in the United States every year.
This event was organized entirely by volunteers and all proceeds go to DC-based organizations advocating for the cause and rehabilitating victims. This three-mile walk included an information fair, various speakers, live music, a shorter family walk and a family-friendly area.