Aiming to increase awareness of the growing Human Trafficking crisis and raise much-needed funds to support its 24-hour Anti-Human Trafficking emergency shelter, which opened in 2018, the event featured CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett as master of ceremony and human trafficking survivor Stacy Jewell as guest speaker.
Jewell, when only 19 years old, was abducted from the streets of Washington, D.C. and forced into the dark world of sex trafficking. Held captive for two years before being freed, Jewell is now an internationally recognized survivor leader who has chronicled her harrowing experience into the play “7 Layers Captive,” which premiered several years ago at the Kennedy Center.
The fundraising event was attended by key political supporters as well as Santana Moss (former Washington footballer), Wanda Durant (mother of NBA star Kevin Durant), and Brian Mitchell, among others.
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