NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2014 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1. I call upon businesses, national and community organizations, faith-based groups, families, and all Americans to recognize the vital role we can play in ending all forms of slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.
Although Harriet Beecher Stowe and others fought for the abolition of slavery in the decades before the Civil War, and the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment abolished slavery, there are more people enslaved today than any other time in history. To raise awareness of human trafficking and modern day slavery, President Obama declared January 2014 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In the coming days, we will share resources on human trafficking and ways you can raise awareness and take action.
Our first resource is the Human Trafficking Awareness Month Facebook page. The page provides news about human trafficking cases and links to information about contemporary slavery. Organizers encourage followers to "join us & spread the word!" "Like" their page and visit frequently to learn more about human trafficking and for ways you can create positive change.