Together we can End Child Marriage and Human Trafficking! Join us on February 26, 2022, for the First Annual Global Hope 356 Walk/Run to End Child Marriage and Human Trafficking. Come and experience a walk or run through the beautiful city of Irvine along the scenic Jeffery Open Space Trail. It is important we take every opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking in order to identify victims quickly, and hold the perpetrators, both buyers and traffickers, accountable too. Human trafficking happens in all communities, rural and urban, and often in ways many of us would not suspect and is hidden in plain sight.
Women and children are being sold for sex or labor, and sometimes both around the world, but most shockingly in the United States. There are hundreds of victims in Orange County, California, hundreds of thousands of victims in the United States, millions around the globe and Children are easy to target. Learn how to protect them. Global Hope 365 advocates for more awareness, education, prevention, and tougher legislation targeting the buyers and traffickers that are fueling this 150 billion dollar crime industry. We do this by collaborating with local groups and institutions to help them in solving inequitable practices based on gender. Our focus is on ending harmful practices towards women and girls such as Child Marriage, Human Trafficking and other forms of Gender-Based Violence.
Worldwide there are an estimated 40.3 million victims, in the United States there is an estimated number of 403,000 victims, and 6,211 in California. In Orange County alone, there are 13 new victims identified every month. In 2016, 88% of labor trafficking victims were foreign nationals, 94% of sex trafficking victims were U.S. nationals, and 32% of sex trafficking victims were minors. Human trafficking is prevalent, and frequently misunderstood. Together, we can take action. Join our First Annual Global Hope 356 Walk/Run to End Child Marriage and Human Trafficking on February 22nd 2022.
Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a 3K walk or a 5k run. We also encourage you to wear your company/organization/school T-Shirts. Seniors and Students $10, general registration $25. At the end of the walk/run we will hear from survivors, elected officials, and law enforcement.
Live Music is donated by the Hawaiian Hearts Band. Thank you Mayor Farrah Khan of Irvine for Co-Hosting the Walkathon is event with us. We also thank our Co-Sponsors Chairman Doug Chaffee, OC Supervisor 4th District, Mayor Austin Lombard, City of Tustin, Irvine Councilmember Anthony Kuo, Fullerton Councilmember Ahmad Zahra, and the Orange County Human Trafficking Taskforce. In addition, thank you to all our Corporate and Individual Sponsors.
To register, become a sponsor or participate, please visit our events page here.