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

runsignup.com/Race/WA/FederalWay/FWCAT BreaktheChainsofHuman Trafficking5K.

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