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Miami Dade College InterAmerican Brings Public Awareness to Human Trafficking with Three-Day “Not 4 $ale” Event

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Miami, February 24, 2014 - Students from Miami Dade College’s (MDC) InterAmerican Campus (IAC) took a very public and firm stand against human trafficking as part of a three-day event titled “Not 4 $ale.” Held Feb. 18-20 in the Campus’ Flag Courtyard, the program featured faculty lectures, dance and drama performances, displays, activities, and information kiosks to increase awareness and raise funds. Silhouettes placed across campus represented victims and shared facts about human trafficking.  

Attendees learned the grim realities and signs of human trafficking, as well as ways to advocate and help victims. An inspirational corner and mural symbolized hope for those whose cries are still unheard.  Funds raised through the event will benefit Kristi House Child Advocacy Center and the Sharing One Love organization.

“The vision behind this event is not only to spread awareness but to also touch people’s hearts and affect them in such a way that they’ll want to make a change; that they’ll want to take a stand and actually be the hope and refuge that many of these poor victims need,” said student activist Xiomara Polanco. “It sounds like it’s something very difficult to do but it is important to remember that the hardest job, is the best job.”

IAC has played a major role in the College’s Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign. “Not 4 $ale” was organized by Phi Theta Kappa, VERITAS, IF Club, the Arts Creative Force Club, Psi Beta Honor Society, Phi Beta Lambda Club, and Engineers for a Sustainable World Club with support from MDC’s faculty and staff.

MDC students also recently participated in the One Billion Rising project against the abuse and trafficking of girls and women.

For more information, contact Glory Winters at gwinters@mdc.edu or 305-237-6186.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, khill1@mdc.edu, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist




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