EXTON (April 14) – State Senator Andy Dinniman today announced a  partnership between Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Iota Tau Omega Chapter, the Chester County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition and the Chester County Library System to raise public awareness of the battle against human trafficking.

The groups have collaborated to develop a display of books and informational materials on human trafficking that will be featured at eleven of the Chester County Library System’s libraries this spring.

Pictured (from left to right): Joe Sherwood, executive director of the Chester County Library System; Senator Dinniman; Olympia Mitchell of Alpha Kappa Alpha; Shelia Sawyer, First Vice President of Alpha Kappa Alpha; Dr. Cerise James, president of Alpha Kappa Alpha; Annabelle Jackson of Alpha Kapp Alpha and Carol Jerrehian of the Chester County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition.

Pictured (from left to right): Joe Sherwood, executive director of the Chester County Library System; Senator Dinniman; Olympia Mitchell of Alpha Kappa Alpha; Shelia Sawyer, First Vice President of Alpha Kappa Alpha; Dr. Cerise James, president of Alpha Kappa Alpha; Annabelle Jackson of Alpha Kapp Alpha and Carol Jerrehian of the Chester County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition.

On Monday, Dr. Cerise James, president of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Iota Tau Omega Chapter was joined by First Vice President Sheila Sawyer and other members of the sorority in presenting Dinniman and Joe Sherwood, executive director of the Chester County Library system, with $600  to purchase new library books for the project.Dinniman, who is a strong supporter and the prime co-sponsor of Senate Bill 75, legislation to improve and better define Pennsylvania’s human trafficking laws, said he brought the organizations together when representatives from Alpha Kappa Alpha indicated they wanted to help raise awareness about human trafficking.

“I want to thank everyone involved in this endeavor, especially the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha and the Chester County Anti-Trafficking Coalition, who are dedicated to the fight against human trafficking,” Dinniman said. “Human trafficking is a nefarious crime that hides in the shadows. And a crucial part of our battle is shedding light on it and making the public aware of just what a serious and widespread problem human trafficking really is.”

Carol Jerrehian of the Chester County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition thanked Senator Dinniman for “his passionate, committed and unrelenting efforts on this issue,” as well as Alpha Kappa Alpha, which she said “exemplified what every sorority should be.”

“Sadly, both labor and sex trafficking do take place in Chester County,” Jerrehian said. “And that is why this legislation (Senate Bill 75) is so important. Human trafficking can be very difficult to prove under the current law.”

The Human Trafficking Awareness Exhibit will appear at the following libraries on the following weeks:

  • April 14 – Chester County Library, Exton
  • April 21 – Henrietta Hankin Branch Library
  • April 28 – Phoenixville Public Library
  • May 5 – Easttown Library
  • May 12 – Malvern Public Library
  • May 18 – Oxford Public Library
  • May 26 – Bayard Taylor Library
  • June 2 – Coatesville Area Public Library
  • June 9 – West Chester Public Library
  • June 16 – Spring City Public Library
  • June 23 – Tredyffrin Public Library

For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s Office at 610-692-2112.

 

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