|[October 09, 2013]
Demi Lovato Supports Launch of Redlight Traffic App with Performance at Dignity Gala
LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--
According to the International Labor Organization, in 2012 there were an
estimated 5.5 million children in the trafficking industry. Yet, the
U.S. Department of State estimates that only 0.4% of trafficking victims
have been identified. Redlight Traffic, a program of the Seattle Kiwanis
Memorial Fund, is launching an app for smartphones on November 1st
that features crowdsourcing to enable individuals and communities to
help identify and locate victims and traffickers.
On Friday, October 18th Redlight Traffic's first mobile app
will be unveiled at the inaugural Dignity Gala at the Beverly Hilton in
Los Angeles. The charity dinner, sponsored by Kineta Inc. and CTP Media
Partners, Inc., will honor those who continuously fight to end human
trafficking. The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner,
silent auction and featured musical performance by Demi Lovato.
Honorees are: Bryan Taylor, SeaTac Police Department; Joel Banks,
Detective of King County Sheriff Department, and the Association for the
Recovery of Children. Speakers include Rachel Lloyd, survivor and
founder of GEMS and Deborah Polston, Florida's Human Trafficking
Advocate. Proceeds from the gala will help Redlight Traffic research
groundbreaking new approaches using technology and social media to
accelerate the end of human trafficking and bring new strategies to
recover human trafficking victims as quickly as possible.
Redlight Traffic is the brainchild of Amin Haq, President of the Kiwanis
Club of Downtown Seattle and fierce advocate for children. Redlight
Traffic aims to enable the broader community in a process of Recognize,
Report, Recover, and Release. The mobile app empowers engaged
community members in the first two steps of Recognize and Report
while providing coordinated data to law enforcement and connected
services organizations to aid them with Recover and Release.
"It made sense to me to create an app that would help communities engage
in the issue and increase up-to-date, actionable data," explains Haq.
"Next, we connect individuals, communities, experts, and organizations
with each other and with more resources to help victims of trafficking.
That's what will make the most impact."
To request an invitation for the Dignity Gala or to donate, please visit www.RedlightTraffic.org.
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