AWARENESS

How do we spread awareness?

By engaging the City of San Antonio, and the surrounding areas through various platforms to present the severity of human trafficking in our city.


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Walk for Freedom 2019

Registration is open now!

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DAY OF QUESTIONS

What should I wear?

  • Wear your #WalkForFreedom t-shirt or black t-shirt.

  • Wear ALL BLACK! This includes, black pants, shorts, leggings, skirts, etc. (dress comfortably)

  • Bring a water bottle to stay extra hydrated.

Is there food at the walk?

We will have cereal bars free of charge.

How far is the walk?

1.6 miles

What if there’s inclement weather?

We will hold the walk, rain or shine. However, in the event the weather is life threatening, we will keep everyone posted on the decision. Be sure to follow us on social media. 

Why are we walking single file?

We are walking in single file because it represents unity. What we are a part of is much bigger than the part we play.

Why are we wearing all black?

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Black is an integral part of the #WalkForFreedom brand.

Are pets able to participate?

For the safety and well-being of all participants, we ask that no pets or animals (with the exception of service animals) participate in the #WalkForFreedom.

Are strollers, wheelchairs, bikes, and inline skates able to participate?

Although we ask all participants to leave their bikes, skateboards, scooters, roller skates, roller blades and motorized vehicles at home, our participants are permitted to bring wheelchairs (both manual and motorized) and strollers, in order to make sure that everyone can participate.

What are the official hashtags?

#WalkForFreedom – Official hashtag of event worldwide
#WalkForFreedomSATX – to identify and represent San Antonio

Where can I follow the Freedom Chasers on social media?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/A21FreedomChasers
Instagram: www.instagram.com/a21_freedom_chasers
Twitter: www.twitter.com/a21_satx

What happens after the walk?

We will have a HOPE CELEBRATION shortly after the walk. Although the walk is serious and somber, we also want to celebrate that you came out to show your support for the victims trapped in slavery.  

We will have Letters of Hope station where you will be able to write survivors words of encouragement.  These letters will mailed to A21 to give to victims in restoration homes.


RESOURCES

LOCAL RESOURCES

  • San Antonio Against Slavery
    Provides awareness and community education about human trafficking. Also helps develop networks and resource.
    http://www.saagainstslavery.com

  • Alamo Area Coalition Against Trafficking (AACAT)
    Coalition of local community members, service members and organizations dedicated to fighting human trafficking through community education and coordinating victim services.
    www.aacat.org

  • The Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio
    24-Hour Hotline: 210-349-7273 Fights sexual violence by providing crisis intervention, counseling for victims and their loved ones, and community outreach/prevention education.
    http://rapecrisis.com

  • Ransomed Life

  • Empower sexually exploited minors and the “at-risk” to discover strength and God’s purpose for their lives in order to bring restoration and healing to them and their families. Ransomed Life accomplishes this by offering a safe environment that facilitates healing and restoration for survivors of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and the “at-risk” through life-giving mentoring, educational opportunities, and equipping the family and community.
    http://ransomedlifetexas.org/

  • City of San Antonio Human Trafficking Department
    HOW TO REPORT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
    If you suspect that you or someone else is a victim of human trafficking, please contact Sex Crimes by email: PDSexCrimes.Unit@sanantonio.gov or call the Sex Crimes Unit at 210-207-2313, Monday – Friday, between 7:45 am and 4:30 pm. The after-hours contact number for the Night Detectives is 210-207-7389. If a criminal offense is in progress, please call 911 for a life threatening emergency, or the non-emergency line for a non-life threatening event at 210-207-SAPD or 210-207-7273.

STATEWIDE RESOURCES

  • Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
    TAASA staff train on a wide variety of sexual assault issues and related topics that apply to advocates, counselors, law enforcement, criminal justice and the general public. Workshops and technical assistance are available on the primary prevention of violence, board development, strategic planning, capacity building, sexual assault advocate training certification, volunteer program management, general marketing and communication. Also provides legislative advocacy and active in public policy work.
    http://taasa.org/


NATIONWIDE RESOURCES
 

  • Office of Justice Programs--Office of Victims of Crime
    Provides trainings and materials regarding serving victims of crime, including human trafficking victims.
    https://www.ovcttac.gov/views/TrainingMaterials/dspWebinars.cfm

  • Polaris Project--National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTRC)
    Polaris Project provides data, legislative advocacy, community education and victim services referrals. Also runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTRC) to take reports of suspected cases of trafficking.
    To make a report, please call 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733)
    http://polarisproject.org/

  • US Dept of Health & Human Services
    Provides service providers with tips and screening tools
    http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/endtrafficking/resource/rescue-restore-campaign-tool-kits

  • Blue Campaign
    Raises public awareness about human trafficking, leveraging partnerships to educate the public to recognize human trafficking and report suspected instances. The Blue Campaign also offers training to law enforcement and others to increase detection and investigation of human trafficking, and to protect victims and bring suspected traffickers to justice
    https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/share-resources


DATA RESOURCES