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YAKIMA WA -- People, businesses and organizations all around the city of Yakima are spreading red sand on sidewalk cracks to help bring awareness to human trafficking.
Barbara Ziegler was a victim of human trafficking at a young age.
After she was able to escape, she became an advocate here in Yakima where she has dedicated her time to bring awareness to human trafficking.
“From kindergarten up I was underneath the radar of everybody and I think people knew something was wrong but they didn’t know what to do so I want to make sure people know that it’s there, that it's real and give them a call to action," said Ziegler.
Ziegler along with the Peach Tree Retirement Center brought a movement to Yakima that started in New York called the Red Sand Project.
Part of this project is to fill in cracks on the sidewalks with red sand to help bring awareness to people that are at risk of being trafficked.
“The red sand helps us remember those who fall through the metaphorical cracks. It’s the overlooked population such as refugees, immigrants, girls and boys who have vulnerabilities that could put them at risk of being trafficked," said Ziegler.
This is a five-step project and right now they are in step two where they are creating Call to Action Videos with organizations, businesses and even the Yakima Police Department.
Member at the Peach Tree Retirement Center Gale Rescorla says she supports Ziegler and this project because it is the right thing to do.
“The Red Sand Project is near and dear to many of us at Peach Tree because we know what Barbara went through throughout her earlier years and it’s just an important project to be a part of," said Rescorla.
Ziegler says she wants more people to get involved and be a part of the project so she’s inviting everyone to participate September 16.
Anyone can just head over to Peach Tree Retirement Center pick up one of these bags that has red sand in it and all they have to do is open it up find a sidewalk crack and fill it in.
Everyone participating is encouraged to take pictures spreading the sand and post it on their social media platform using the hashtag YakimaRedSandProject.
Now if you suspect of anything related to human trafficking you can call the national hotline number for human trafficking or contact our local police department.
YAKIMA, WA - At the age of five, Barbara Ziegler fell victim to human trafficking.
"I want people to be aware that I was under the radar and I came across many people's paths and they didn't know," said Ziegler.
For nearly 17 years, Ziegler was trapped.
"The last time that I was violated God showed up, and he just did something so powerful," Ziegler said.
Her goal is to make sure no one goes through what she did. That's why she and others in Yakima are covering sidewalks in red sand.
"It's a sidewalk transformation project to help raise awareness for those at risk of being trafficked, that sold for the profit of another modern day slavery," said Ziegler.
It's part of the Yakima Red Sand Project, raising awareness for human trafficking. The movement originated in New York. Seniors at the Peach Tree Retirement brought the five-step project to Yakima.
"We have been made more aware of it, the trafficking and the amount of damage that it has done," said Gale Rescorla, a member of the Yakima Red Sand Project.
Right now, they're on step two: creating call to action videos with businesses, organizations, and churches. Step three is a fundraiser happening on the 17th at Elite Academy in Yakima. The fourth and fifth are events taking place next year to educate the community about trafficking. If you can't be a part of the project, there is one thing Ziegler wants you to remember.
"If you see something, say something," she says. "It's better to call and be wrong than not call and be right," said Ziegler.
For more information on how you can help or get involved, contact Barbara Ziegler at (509) 248-1766 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Red Sand Project is a movement founded by a NYC-based Activist-Artist Molly Gochman, and has been happening nation wide to help raise awareness for those at risk of being exploited for the profit of another, modern-day slavery, Human Trafficking
Peach Tree Retirement Center and others are participating in the Red Sand Project by hosting a #YakimaRedSandProject to raise awareness of those at risk of being sold for the profit of another. We will be pouring Red Sand in the cracks of sidewalks on September 16th, 2017 and taking photo and sharing it on Facebook and other Social media using #YakimaRedSandProject
However, because Jesus, Yakima Valley and others are Kingdom people with Vision and Christ excellence we have taken it up a notch and are making "Call to Action Videos" and sharing them on social media to send a message that we are a City United and are Taking a Stand and Pouring the Sand to raise awareness and rock this amazing movement!
The Red Sand is provided at no cost to the movement participants.
A great big thanks to Peach Tree Retirement Center ~ The Journey Church ~ Elite Academy ~ Town Square Media ~ Good Samaritan Health Care Center ~ and others who are Action Sponsors.
Thursday August 17th 2017
Elite Academy is offering all their services for donations only. All donations from that day go for funding awareness efforts.
YOUR PARTICIPATION EXPANDS THE MOVEMENT!
I would love to share with you more details of this awesome journey if you have more questions call Barbara or Kelly (509) 248 -1766