LANSING—Sen. Judy Emmons was honored on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day for her work fighting crime with the Michigan Liberator of the Year Award at a ceremony Saturday evening in Livonia.
“It is a deeply personal honor to be recognized with this award on behalf of our efforts to combat human trafficking and support its survivors,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “Michigan is taking a leading role ending this modern-day slavery. We have new tools to crack down on these criminals, support the survivors and increase training for those on the front lines.
“The true reward is in the profound impact Michigan’s new comprehensive solution will make in the lives of thousands of women and children.”
The Michigan Liberator Awards include seven categories and the Liberator of the Year award. Emmons was honored as the Liberator of the Year. This honor recognizes a person for his or her extraordinary effort and dedication to fighting human trafficking.
The awards recognize modern-day abolitionists and were created in honor of William Lloyd Garrison, a 19th century abolitionist who fought for the eradication of slavery and for equal rights. Garrison founded “The Liberator” in 1831, and he published the abolitionist newspaper until slavery was abolished by the 13th Amendment.
Prior to the ceremony, Emmons joined S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) volunteers for the organization’s 4th Annual S.O.A.P. Up Detroit Auto Show outreach.
The group delivered soap bars with the human trafficking hotline number (1-888-3737-888) to hotels in advance of the North American International Auto Show. S.O.A.P. founder, trafficking survivor and Michigan native Theresa Flores developed the initiative to publicize the toll-free number that can be called by survivors and those who believe trafficking may be taking place.
For more information about Michigan Liberator Awards, visit www.liberatorawards.com.