Fourth Annual Walk for Freedom Set for Oct. 14 at PNC Park

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Local Contact: Laura Mancuso, Pittsburgh host,, 412-527-8351

National Contact:, 949-202-4681

Image 1: Group picture from last year’s walk;
Image 2: Participant holding an A21 sign. [Click images for larger view]
Pittsburgh joins 600 cities in 50 countries to raise awareness and funds for human trafficking

PITTSBURGH, PA ( — On Oct. 14, 2017, Pittsburgh will participate in a global fundraising and awareness event called the Walk For Freedom. The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness about the millions of men, women, and children who are still trapped in slavery today—only 1 percent of whom are ever rescued. By fundraising and rallying thousands of people around the cause, the belief is that this event will be the catalyst for the rescue and restoration of human beings who are being exploited as commodities.

With more than 300 walks in 40 countries around the world and more than 60 million people reached via social media in 2016, A21, a global anti-human trafficking organization, aims to raise even more funds and awareness with its Fourth Annual Walk For Freedom.

“We are so excited that this will be our largest and most impactful walk yet here in Pittsburgh. We want to help people learn and understand the reality of human trafficking and that affects our very own city and that together we can make a difference and help rescue those who are in slavery and also educate people to help protect others from the dangers or trafficking,” says Laura Mancuso, host of the Pittsburgh walk.

Walk For Freedom is distinctly recognized by its participants who are in single-file lines, wearing black shirts and yellow bandanas across their mouths. You’ll see these lines in places all over the world–from in front of the Eiffel Tower in France, to along the Hollywood Walk of Fame in America.

The Walk For Freedom exists to eradicate modern-day slavery, a global reality that affects every continent and economic structure. The goal of the walk is not to protest, hand out flyers, or simply stay fit. The goal of #WalkForFreedom is to take a united stance that will turn awareness into action. The true multiplication of this freedom message will be seen around the world through media coverage and pictures distributed on social media. To sign up for the walk, visit
Walk For Freedom Event Details
Date: Oct. 14, 2017
Check-in Time: 9 a.m.; Walk Time: 10 a.m.
Place: TBD; Distance: 1.5 miles
What to Wear: official Walk for Freedom t-shirt or other black shirt, black pants
Hashtag: #WalkForFreedomPittsburgh;
Facebook: Walk for Freedom Pittsburgh 2017; Instagram: @walkforfreedompittsburgh

A21 Overview: We are a nonprofit organization fueled by the radical hope that a world without slavery is possible. We are the abolitionists of the 21st century. Our mission is to end human trafficking. Our operational strategy, and the heart cry of our organization, is to Reach, Rescue, and Restore lives.

Millions of slaves.
A $150 billion industry.
1% ever rescued.




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