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Ms. Hogan honored for efforts to end human trafficking

Published on January 23, 2014

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Trinity Theology teacher and Director of Service Learning, Ms. Kimberly Hogan, has received the Ohio Liberator Award in the individual category for her work and dedication to raise awareness about and help put an end to human trafficking. Ms. Hogan was presented with the award at the Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.) Ohio Liberator Awards on Monday night in Columbus.

The Ohio Liberator Award was created in honor of William Lloyd Garrison, considered a "radical Abolitionist" for his views on not only the immediate eradication of slavery, but also for equal rights for blacks and women. It celebrates eight categories of people working in Ohio to do the same: individual, student, volunteer, business, civic club, organization or church, elected official, law enforcement, and new in 2014, survivor.

"In Trinity's Senior Theology class, students learn about social injustices and what the Christian response is to the varying injustices going on in our world," Hogan said. "It is my responsibility as an educator to make them aware of this issue and what signs to look out for as a teenager, so they do not become victims themselves."

Ms. Hogan is currently working with Ms. Theresa Flores, S.O.A.P. founder, human trafficking survivor and author of the book, The Slave Across the Street, to develop high school curriculum that addresses the issue of human trafficking. Ms. Hogan will contribute a Catholic perspective on human trafficking, and theological reflection questions for Ms. Flores' book.

Ms. Hogan also participates in direct outreach into hotels to rescue adolescents from prostitution through S.O.A.P. events held across the nation. Upcoming S.O.A.P. events are scheduled for high-demand events like the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and Indy 500.

Ms. Hogan was nominated for the Ohio Liberator Award by one of her students, senior Catrina Olsen, and became a finalist through online votes from her supporters. Olsen joined Ms. Hogan at the VIP reception Monday night.

"Knowing Ms. Hogan is really a blessing," Olsen said. "I didn't know human trafficking was such a big issue until she brought it to my attention. With her passion for people, she has inspired me to become an advocate and start working to end human trafficking."

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Learn more and get involved at www.traffickfree.com.

Pictured left to right is Ms. Toshia Kimbler (recipient of the Survivor Award), Ms. Flores and Ms. Hogan.