Break the chains anti-human trafficking event set for May 18

The annual event is the largest anti-human trafficking event in Washington state.

The 2019 Break the Chains of Human Trafficking 5K run/walk is happening May 18 in Federal Way.

The Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking and Seattle Against Slavery is hosting this event, the largest anti-human trafficking event in Washington state, according to a Break the Chains press release.

“The Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking was founded to keep our community — and especially our children in our community — safe from the threat of human trafficking,” said Claudia Lawrence, community mobilization director for FWCAT.

“Recently, Federal Way Public Schools adopted the iEmpathize curriculum for grades 6-8 with portions of the curriculum being rolled out next year,” she said. “Relevant portions of the curriculum will be embedded in the health component of the physical education/health course. FWCAT is grateful for its partnership with the FWPS to keep our children safe from human trafficking in our community.”

Participants can join the event as a walker, runner, team captain or team member.

A new feature this year, individuals can also sign up to be a fundraising walker.

“If you decide to fundraise, we’ve made it super easy for you to collect pledges in support of your run/walk to end Human Trafficking,” the press release reads in part.

More information for the event and sign-ups can be found at BreaktheChainsofHuman Trafficking5K.

More in News

Walkers rest amid the trees at Island Center Forest on Vashon Island, which is part of King County. Many trees around Western Washington are struggling, including Western hemlock on Vashon, likely from drought stress. Photo by Susie Fitzhugh
King County forests are facing new challenges

Hot, dry summers are stressing native tree species in Western Washington.

Federal Way holds firm to camping ban in light of federal ruling

City says it does not criminalize homeless for sleeping outdoors on public property.

South King Fire and Rescue commissioner remains hospitalized

Commissioner James Fossos is in satisfactory condition at Harborview as of Tuesday.

From homelessness to homeowner: Domestic violence survivor earns fresh start in FUSION program

Local home construction company Lennar Homes fully furnishes home for single mother of four.

Federal Way police investigating rape allegations against former high school coach

The suspect is not affiliated with any high school in Federal Way, according to police.

House passes Wilson bill to expand access to early learning programs

SB 5437 would make more students eligible for the state’s early childhood education and assistance program.

Jim Pitts stands on walkway overlooking filtration chambers at the King County South Treatment Plant in Renton. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
Human waste: Unlikely climate change hero?

King County treatment plant joins effort to counteract effects of carbon dioxide.

Crime down in Federal Way

Snowstorm curbs crime in 2019 first quarter; department deploys direct patrols to tackle rising robberies.

Most Read