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Beyond Trafficking will be hosting Abilene’s annual 'Walk for Freedom.' The walk
is to raise awareness of the human trafficking issues in our own backyard and unite the
community to combat human trafficking. The Walk will begin and end at Everman Park on North 1st and Pine street on Saturday, October 15th, beginning with registration at 8 am with the walk beginning shortly thereafter at 9 am and lasting until 12 noon.

Registration is free and can be done in advance online at the Beyond Trafficking website. The walk offers the perfect opportunity to connect with many other local charities and resources as well as meet with Abilene's leaders.

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Abilene’s annual 'Walk for Freedom.' brings attention to the human trafficking that is happening in West Texas.

This is also the perfect opportunity to make a difference and to better our community by learning and connecting with all the different resources available to us right here in the Big Country.

Stephanie Rocha says "Beyond Trafficking is a faith-based organization that exists to bring awareness through education to the injustice of human trafficking by creating and facilitating training programs throughout the Abilene and West Texas by collaborating with multiple organizations and volunteers to provide services to the survivors including but not limited to spiritual, medical, dental, mental health, counseling, legal, financial resources, and housing. Mentor programs will be implemented as a way to meet the needs of those individuals struggling to re-orient to their daily lives. Source: Stephanie Rocha - Founder of Abilene's Beyond Trafficking.

While Abilene's 'Walk for Freedom is an annual event, it is not meant to be a fundraiser but rather, to bring attention to the serious issues of human trafficking. If you plan on attending the walk, you are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in all black which is the customary theme of the 'Walk For Freedom' which takes place worldwide.

Rocha says "Saturday we will all be standing together to fight against the atrocities of human trafficking in all forms. We walk in single-file, in silence as the victims of trafficking have also been voiceless. This is a family-friendly event.

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