Now in its sixth year, Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Jan. 15 at the Ohio Statehouse, is open to the public. "This day allows people to become not only more educated on human trafficking, but also how they can help fight it," Fedor says.

An estimated 1,000 Ohio children fall victim to human trafficking every year. To combat this problem, state Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) started an annual bipartisan event to raise awareness and promote legislature that would do more to prevent human trafficking while helping victims. Now in its sixth year, Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Jan. 15 at the Ohio Statehouse, is open to the public. "This day allows people to become not only more educated on human trafficking, but also how they can help fight it," Fedor says.

The schedule features several speakers and information on Ohio's Safe Harbor Law and House Bill 130, which enforce stricter penalties for convicted human traffickers.

The event also emphasizes rehabilitation for victims. Lunch will be provided by Freedom a la Cart, a catering business that helps adult survivors of human trafficking become independent through employment. Among the panels in the afternoon will be the Survivor's Panel, a popular and powerful discussion with people who have been affected by human trafficking. humantrafficking.ohio.gov