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Reno Arch to go dark: shows impact of trafficking in our community


1800183_10152336496736736_4583598386191436657_n-2269448-1253879On January 11, 2015 at 3 p.m. the Junior League of Reno (JLR) will host a compelling community event, Out of the Darkness and Into the Light, to raise awareness about the local impacts of human trafficking.

The event will be at the downtown Reno arch where City officials and community partners will join together to turn the arch off as a symbol of the darkness human trafficking brings to our community.

“Our organization has made significant progress to advocate for victims of human trafficking and we anticipate sharing this momentum with our community and engaging them in the conversation,” said Jamii Uboldi, president of Junior League of Reno.

“It’s important to bring attention to issues impacting women in our community and we are proud to be part of the solution to end trafficking,” Uboldi added.

The first awareness of event of its kind will feature entertainment from local artist and The Voice contestant, Whitney Meyer along with a powerful keynote address from Leah Albright Byrd of Bridget’s Dream.

Additionally, several community partners will participate in the event to support the advocacy work of the Junior League and also share their connection to trafficking.

Those organizations include Awaken, Reno Police Department, Children’s Cabinet, Christian Motorcycle Association, Whitney Peak Hotel, Mogrit Food Truck and more. Local food truck vendors will heighten the event along with an after event at Whitney Peak Hotel.

Community leaders, advocates, and families are encouraged to attend and engage in conversation about how to end human trafficking. Lastly, the Junior League of Reno will continue its advocacy work by engaging local politicians about the importance of a victim’s hotline in Nevada.

During the 2015 legislative session, JLR and other community partners will advocate for the posting of a hotline where victims can access a private resource that will support their journey out of trafficking. To learn more about this initiative or to be part of the advocacy work, contact the JLR directly.

Learn more about the event and the community work of the Junior League by visiting www.jlreno.org.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.