First Nations Peoples’ Coalition to Hold Vigil at Ambassador Bridge in Effort to Stop Human Trafficking

Native News Online
Pub Date: 
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 05:30

Published November 8, 2019

Republished November 15, 2019

DETROIT — First Nations Peoples’ Coalition to End Human Trafficking (Coalition) announces its upcoming ceremony and prayer vigil, on Saturday, November 16th, 2019, “Building Bridges with No Borders, Ceremony & Prayer Vigil.”

The purpose of this all-day event is to honor the victims and survivors of human trafficking in prayer lead by First Nations Peoples of Canada and the United States. Secondly, to develop strategic plans to end International human trafficking and finally build a database of all organizations and partnerships working towards anti-human trafficking efforts.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2017, regarding specifically the U.S and Canadian border trafficking activities, “Human trafficking is difficult to measure, due in part to its hidden nature. While there has been an increase in the number of human trafficking incidents reported by police in recent years, human trafficking remains highly underreported…”.

To address the possible reasons for this, the Coalition has publicly called elders, knowledge-keepers, survivors, supportive agencies, and community members on both sides of the borders to come together and participate in remembrance and ceremony. Survivors from the frontlines of human trafficking have offered to share their horrific stories of violence, torture and slavery.