Did you know that more than 150 human trafficking victims ranging in age from 10-62 have been recovered in YOUR COMMUNITY in the past three years? Approximately 130 mothers, fathers, students, law enforcement officers, educators, parole officers, musicians, nurses, lawyers, assistant DAs, social workers, investigators, artists, case workers, victim specialists, advocates, CPAs, real estate agents, designers and community members in southeastern Wisconsin got together and said LET’S FIGHT THIS!
The I-94 Project is reaching out to area hotels, truck stops, and various businesses along the Interstate to obtain support for the project which includes participating in trainings regarding human trafficking indicators and resources in the event a potential victim is found. The Project aims to create the largest amount of awareness to date along the I-94 corridor between Illinois and Milwaukee. The project will run during peak summer travel season from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2017 and will be seen by the 80,000 travelers per day along that route.
Interstate 94 is known as a circuit used by traffickers to transport victims from Chicago to Milwaukee, Madison, Eau Claire, Minneapolis, and the North Dakota oil fields. As a result, truck stops, rest stops, restaurants, gas stations and hotels along the highway have become common places that victims frequent. Research indicates that education is the number one way to stop trafficking. Our goal is to increase community awareness of the problem, and educate citizens, businesses, and key professionals as to what they can do to help fight trafficking, and help victims reach safety. We also hope to continually partner with our valued business-owners to eradicate Human Trafficking in southeastern Wisconsin.
In an effort to raise funds, I-94 Project volunteers will also be hosting a pancake breakfast, which includes gluten-free options, on June 3rd from 8am-12pm at the Living Light Christian Church at 740 College Avenue in Racine. We will be serving pancakes and sausage and you will have your choice of coffee, water, or milk. Other fun details for the breakfast are still being coordinated. Please go to our Facebook page, I-94 Project, and see the Pancake Breakfast event page for more information. Don’t forget to like the page!
I-94 Project and Fight to End Exploitation have partnered with the nationally known band, Well-Known Strangers, as well as Route 20 Bar and Grill to hold a Kick-off event on June 10th, 2017 with doors opening at 6pm. Route 20 Bar and Grill is located at 14001 Washington Avenue in Sturtevant. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.i-94project.com or www.RTE20.com. All proceeds will be used to fund our fight against human trafficking. Special guests will be Bascom Hill and Josh Krug & Friends.
To find out more about the I-94 Project, go to www.I-94project.com. The I-94 Project is developed and administrated by Fight to End Exploitation, a Wisconsin-based 501(c)(3) whose mission is to be a collaborative network that advocates for victims and educates the communities.