Vigil Being Held in Racine to Support Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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CoalitionVigil-BW 11x14 -page-001RACINE, WI.A vigil is being held in Racine on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in two locations at the same time with music, candlelight worship and viewing of the short documentary Chosen. We would like to take a moment to recognize those who have been or are being trafficked and shine a light into the darkness of this crime that affects 27 million people around the world, including our own community members.

In support of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the RCAHT Faith-Based Committee, made up of members of many different churches in Racine County, is hosting a vigil to bring awareness and to lift those victims up in prayers. The Vigil is FREE, open to the public and will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 6:00 -7:30 pm at?TWO locations. The documentary Chosen by well-known human trafficking organization Shared Hope will be shown at BOTH locations.
Downtown Racine: Living Light Community Center(Old YWCA) 740 College Avenue, Racine
Near the Interstate: Great Lakes Church 9605 Spring Street, Mt. Pleasant

Due to sensitive material, Chosen is recommended for ages 12 and up and we will be offering childcare by reservation only for ages 1-11 years old. Email racinecoalition@gmail.com to reserve childcare. Please send childs name, age, allergy or other key information, parent or guardian attending vigil, contact number and what location they will be attending.

For more information about Shared Hope and Chosen, go to: http://sharedhope.org/chosen/. Both vigil locations will have a donation area for Faith, Hope, & Love that creates New Beginnings bags for children recovered from human trafficking. Donations needed: new blanket, stuffed animal, flashlight, journal, personal hygiene items, non-perishable snacks, $5 McDonalds Gift Cards, feminine products, water bottle, shorts, t-shirt, sweatshirt, sweatpants, undergarments, socks, and flip-flops.

In addition to the vigil, the Coalition has other activities going in support of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month including a benefit concert on Jan 28 with Well-Known Strangers and Saturday Night Preachers and a major wine tasting and live jazz benefit on Feb 5th. For more information on all events go to www.racinecoalition.org.

Racine Coalition Against Human Trafficking (RCAHT) is a network of local resources (law enforcement, shelters, health providers and other services) collaborating to increase communication among all providers, identifying gaps in services for victims and preventing conditions that foster human trafficking in Racine County through education and outreach efforts. For more information contact us at racinecoalition@gmail.com, find us on Facebook, www.racinecoalition.org or contact Karri Hemmig at (262) 909-6612.