Modern-day slavery freedom march is April 18

Nebraska University Students Against Modern-Day Slavery are holding a freedom march to the Nebraska State Capitol at 4:30 p.m., April 18. The event starts at the Nebraska Union Plaza and includes guest speakers who will also march.

The 2011 U.S. Department of State’s annual “Trafficking in Persons” report tracked more than 27 million people enslaved around the world. The march is designed to raise awareness on this issue.

Guests speakers joining in the march are Kristy Childs, a human trafficking survivor; Paul Yates, director of involvement for Tiny Hands International; Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill; and UNL professor Ron Hampton.

Childs will discuss her experience. Tiny Hands is dedicated to intercepting girls being trafficked across the Nepal/India border. McGill introduced LB1145 to strengthen Nebraska's laws that address human trafficking. Hampton has been working in the area of human trafficking over the past four years in Kiev, Russia, on various funded projects.

UNL joins other universities that are sponsoring similar campus events.

Nebraska University Students Against Modern-Day Slavery is an officially recognized student organization at UNL

For more information, contact Sriyani Tidball at or 402-472-3041.