Approximately 100 mothers, fathers, students, law enforcement officers, educators, parole officers, musicians, nurses, lawyers, assistant DAs, social workers, investigators, artists, case workers, victim specialists, advocates, CPAs, real estate agents, designers and community members in southeastern Wisconsin got together and said
LET’S DO THIS.
We can all play a part in the fight against human trafficking and the
I-94 Human Trafficking Awareness Project is our way to make a difference.
The I-94 Project is a cross-collaboration between many organizations, agencies and community members to fight human trafficking across southeastern Wisconsin. The Project aims to create the largest amount of awareness to date along the I-94 corridor between Illinois and Milwaukee. The project will run during peak summer travel season from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2017 and will be seen by the 80,000 travelers per day along that route.
The I-94 Project is developed and administrated by Fight to End Exploitation, a Wisconsin-based 501(c)(3) whose mission is to be a collaborative network that advocates for victims and educates the communities.
Interstate 94 is known as a circuit used by traffickers to transport victims from Chicago to Milwaukee, Madison, Eau Claire, Minneapolis, and the North Dakota oil fields. As a result, truck stops, rest stops, restaurants, gas stations and hotels along the highway have become common places that victims frequent. Research indicates that education is the number one way to stop trafficking.
Our goal is to increase community awareness of the problem, and educate citizens, businesses, and key professionals as to what they can do to help fight trafficking, and help victims reach safety. We also hope to continually partner with our valued business-owners to eradicate Human Trafficking in southeastern Wisconsin.