Emmons, Colbeck to attend presentation of donations for survivors of human trafficking

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Judy Emmons and Sen. Patrick Colbeck will be attending the presentation on Friday of donations collected at Community Choice Credit Union locations for an organization dedicated to supporting survivors of human trafficking.

“Human trafficking in Michigan is real, and although we have achieved much in shining the light on this heinous crime, it continues to devastate the lives of thousands of women and children every year,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “I applaud Community Choice Credit Union and everyone who donated for helping support an outstanding organization that takes on this modern-day slavery head-on by directly reaching out to trafficking survivors with support.”

Community Choice Credit Union provided All Worthy of Love donations boxes at their seven locations and will be presenting the organization the items at their location at 15420 Farmington Road in Livonia on Friday at 4 p.m.

“I truly appreciate the tireless leadership of Senator Emmons on the subject of human trafficking,” said Colbeck, R-Canton. “I wish to thank all of those in the community who have reached out through their donations to these women and children in their time of need. Our community is stronger when we work together.”

All Worthy of Love is a justice-focused nonprofit organization that reaches out to people enslaved in human trafficking. Each week they pass out 50-100 hygiene kits and meals. To support their efforts, the organization collects donations of travel-sized personal care items, individually wrapped food items, and gift cards. Suggested items include nonperishable food items and hygiene products. For more information, visit www.allworthyoflove.org.

“It is good to see that so many concerned Michigan residents showed their support with a donation,” Emmons said. “As the point person in the Senate on human trafficking, I have seen that as people become more aware of this crime and learn about the seriousness of the problem, they want to know what they can do to help these exploited women and children and stop it from happening to anyone else.”

Emmons was instrumental in the passage of a bipartisan, comprehensive effort to protect Michigan residents from trafficking. In recognition of her efforts in fighting the crime, Emmons was honored in January with the Michigan Liberator of the Year Award.

The senator has hosted a series of human trafficking forums throughout the state as part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness about trafficking by giving the public a chance to hear survivors share their personal stories.