The Catholic University of America



Law School Team Participates in Stop Modern Slavery Walk

More than a dozen members of the law school community joined nearly 2,000 people on Oct. 22 to march in the 2011 DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk on the National Mall. 

The event raises money and consciousness in protest of the estimated 27 million victims of human trafficking around the globe, which has become the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world. Its perpetrators use powerful methods of force, fraud and coercion to exploit men, women, and children through labor and sex trafficking operations.
Catholic University law school’s presence was sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the International Law Students Association, the John Quincy Adams Society and the Women's Law Caucus.
“We raised $1,755 in total donations, with (3L) Wesley Thompson raising enough funds to make him the second highest fundraiser for the entire walk event,” said 3L Sarah E. Fay, one of the coordinators for the law school.
The event also featured speakers, musical entertainment, and an information fair with non-profit organizations leading the fight against human trafficking.
In addition to raising money, participants were eager to demolish common myths about the enslavement of human beings in the 21st century.
Among the key points:
  • Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, regardless of race, age, income, nationality or gender.
  • Both foreign national and U.S. citizen victims have been identified in cities, suburbs, and rural areas in all 50 states and in Washington, DC.
  • Human trafficking is a market-driven criminal industry that is fueled by the demand for the labor, services, and commercial sex acts of human trafficking victims.
  • Trafficking is not primarily caused by poverty and inequality. It is driven by the potential for large profit due to high demand and the negligible-to-low risk of prosecution.