5K Color Run/Walk for Human Trafficking Awareness to be Held in Dubuque

Mar 27, 2019 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque student organization Spartan Nation Liberation Foundation and the Dubuque Regional Airport will host Run the Runway 5K Color Run/Walk for human trafficking awareness on Saturday, April 13, at the airport, 10965 Aviation Drive.

Check-in and registration begin at 8 a.m. The run starts at 8:30 a.m.

Cost of the run is $15 and includes water and a T-shirt. The online registration deadline is Thursday, April 4. To register online, visit www.runsignup.com/humantrafficking. Participants can register the day of the run; however, the fee increases to $20 and does not include a T-shirt.

Sponsored by UD Student Government Association, the Dubuque Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and Set Free Dubuque, the event aims to raise awareness of human trafficking and show victims they are not alone.

“Though many of us in the Dubuque area think that human trafficking only happens in big cities or other countries far away from us, modern day slavery can and does happen right here. Unfortunately, most of us do not know enough about human trafficking to spot it when it is happening right in front of us. Please join us to become more aware and to help stop the largest human rights violations in history,” said Kim Hilby, advisor of the Spartan Nation Liberation Foundation.

Airline industries have joined the fight against human trafficking. The Dubuque Regional Airport recently hosted a Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign presentation with Suzie Wright, executive director of Set Free Dubuque.  During the presentation, airport staff learned how to spot signs of human trafficking, what to do, and how to report it as well as reasons why it happens.   

Proceeds support the fight against human trafficking.

For more information on the 5K Color Run/Walk for Human Trafficking Awareness, please contact Kim Hilby, advisor of the Spartan Nation Liberation Foundation, at khilby@dbq.edu.