Lancaster Catholic sophomore from Denver addresses human trafficking in DC

By on May 6, 2015

Lancaster Catholic High School sophomore Molly Hackman of Denver spoke at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department Education human trafficking forum on Thursday, April 30, at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington.

Photo courtesy Lancaster Catholic High School Lancaster Catholic High School sophomore Molly Hackman poses with the Abraham Lincoln statue outside the Lincoln Cottage during her participation at the Students Opposing Slavery event last summer.

Photo courtesy Lancaster Catholic High School
Lancaster Catholic High School sophomore Molly Hackman poses with the Abraham Lincoln statue outside the Lincoln Cottage during her participation at the Students Opposing Slavery event last summer.

Hackman was joined by four of her peers from the Students Opposing Slavery, a student-run organization to raise awareness to the issue of human trafficking. At the forum, Hackman led a discussion about the role of social media as a tool to increase awareness among teens on the issue of human trafficking.

“Giving the speech in front of so many influential people was rewarding,” said Hackman.

“I felt like I was able to share an important issue with those who can actually make a difference. I also spoke right after a senator, which was a bit hard to follow. I also loved being back in President Lincoln’s Cottage. It was really cool to see how people from across the nation are working so passionately towards a common goal. I believe my speech opened eyes to how my generation is able to influence the issue.”

The event agenda called for a morning session devoted to a discussion of human trafficking issues in middle schools and high schools with an interactive training and a panel discussion featuring representatives from law enforcement and non-governmental organizations who are involved in raising awareness of human trafficking.

“My mom’s involvement with Students Opposing Slavery was what sparked my interest in the issue of human trafficking,” said Hackman. “Since last summer I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this and I look forward to being a voice for those affected by this issue.”

Hackman is the daughter of Mitchell and Georgette Hackman of Denver.

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