February 1st, National Freedom Day, is a date that commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s proposal to the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution that outlawed slavery. In observance of this important date, The Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center also would like to thank everyone in the community who attended, participated in, and supported activities around our area throughout Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Such activities included a training for a wide range of health professionals, a conference for the faith community, film screenings and panel discussions on both sex and labor trafficking, a look into the legal system, an art show fundraiser, and more.
In late 2016, President Obama declared January as “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month” culminating in the observation of February 1st, National Freedom Day stating:
“This month, let us find inspiration in America’s progress toward justice, opportunity, and prosperity for all and reaffirm our pledge to continue fighting for human rights around the world.”
The Presidential Proclamation can be read in entirety by following this link:
Presidential Proclamation — National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2017