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Feb 22 2018

Corker, Davenport, University of Tennessee Students Participate in ‘Shine a Light on Slavery’ Day

Vols Join Corker and the END IT Movement to Raise Awareness About Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Students at the University of Tennessee today joined U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chancellor Beverly Davenport, and the END IT Movement to raise awareness about modern day slavery and human trafficking. Today is the END IT Movement’s sixth annual “Shine a Light on Slavery” Day. To mark the occasion, countless individuals across the globe mark their hand with a red X to tell their world that slavery still exists and that they support efforts to end it.

“It was exciting to be on campus today to mark END IT Day with these exceptional young people,” said Corker. “We have made great progress over the past few years in the fight against modern day slavery and human trafficking, none of which would have been possible without the passion and determination of advocates here in Tennessee and across the country who are fighting for change on behalf of the more than 27 million people in slavery today around the world. With the launch of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, advocacy is turning into action, and I was proud to stand with these Vols to shine a light on this scourge on humanity.”

Earlier today, Corker released a video providing an update on efforts to end modern day slavery and encouraging others to join the END IT Movement.

Today, in 2018, an estimated 27 million people are enslaved around the world. That’s more than at any time in history. More than two and a half years ago, with input from leading stakeholders and industry experts, Corker proposed a bold, bipartisan initiative to end modern slavery worldwide. Not unlike the role PEPFAR has played in fighting AIDS worldwide, the End Modern Slavery Initiative, which is now operating as the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, was designed to leverage limited foreign aid dollars and galvanize tremendous support and investment from the public sector, philanthropic organizations and the private sector to focus resources responsibly where the crime is most prevalent. In September, both the U.S. and the United Kingdom announced matching $25 million contributions to the fund.

END IT is an awareness campaign that launched in 2013. The goal is to “Shine a Light on Slavery” by letting the world know that slavery still exists. “Shine a Light on Slavery” Day is Thursday, February 22, and on this day, the END IT Movement encourages people to draw a red X on their hand, take a selfie and post it on social media using #enditmovement. This simple action opens the door to conversations and allows us to tell more people that slavery still exists and that we are working to end it.

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