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The Racine Coalition Against Human Trafficking is hosting local vigils to raise awareness of this growing crime and to lift up the victims in those crimes up in prayer, according to a press release.

Representing a number of churches from Racine and Kenosha counties, members of the RCAHT Faith-based Committee will lead the vigils. The 2017 theme centers around Proverbs 31:8: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who need an advocate.”

Community members are encouraged to participate in the free vigils.

Vigil Times and Dates

6 to  7:30 p.m. Jan. 26  at Great Lakes Church, 9605 Spring Street, Mt. Pleasant
6 pm to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at First Baptist Church, 3117 Lathrop Ave, Racine Bilingual Service              

Join community members in live music, candlelight prayer, worship and education to fight against human trafficking in honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. A short film, key speaker and Q&A by experts and human trafficking survivors and advocates will be featured.

Events are free and open to the public. Due to sensitive content, recommended for ages 12 and up. There will be drop in childcare available for ages 1-11 at all locations except Siena Center. There will be no childcare available at the Siena Center location.

Learn more about what human trafficking is and what to do if you suspect someone is in that situation.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.