We RUN for Freedom….
About the Event:
United Against Human Trafficking will be kicking off Human Trafficking Awareness Month 2015 with its 6th Annual Big Dipper Dash 5K Run/Walk. This is an evening event that pays homage to the slaves of old who escaped by running North to freedom following the stars, like the Big Dipper, which pointed to freedom. Join UAHT to honor those who once looked to the stars for their chance for freedom and those who still do today. Proceeds from this event will go directly to the outreach and educational activities of United Against Human Trafficking, whose mission is to confront modern-day slavery by educating the public, training professionals and empowering the community to take action.
The run/walk will take place at Stude Park in The Heights and run along White Oak Bayou. The event opens at 4:00 PM with Packet Pick-up located in the circle directly across from the community center in Stude Park and Day of Registration located next to the community center. The race will start promptly at 5:00 PM with runners organized in waves. The first portion of the race follows a straight jogging trail alongside White Oak Bayou until the turnaround point, and then returns along the trail until a second turning point around the baseball field. The race will end in front of the community center in Stude Park.
There is limited parking in the surrounding area of Stude Park. United Against Human Trafficking will offer a shuttle service from the parking lot.
All race participants will receive a race packet, which will include a race/bib number, chip timing instructions, event T-shirt, and other goodies. All participants will be eligible for door prizes and must be present to win. Please note that we may not have T-Shirts for participants who choose to register for Late and Day of Registration. To ensure that you get a T-Shirt, please register before Late Registration (which begins September 1).
Post-Race Party – Available to all!
Please stick around after the run for fun, food and music! Join us for the presentation of awards and door prizes drawings. Complementary refreshments for the Big Dipper Dash event will be provided.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Registration for the 6th Annual Big Dipper Dash 5k Awareness Run/Walk is available through imATHLETE again this year. UAHT is excited to be working with imATHLETE and hopes that it will provide an easy way to register for the Big Dipper Dash once again this year. When you are ready to register, click the imATHLETE button below.
Prefer to mail your registration form? Download the Registration Form here!
Thank you to our generous sponsors who help make the 6th Annual Big Dipper Dash possible!
The City of Houston, Mayor’s Office’s Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking (HAC-HT) will host their Stakeholder Meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
This is a forum for organizations to assess in a constructive way if they would like to participate in a coordinated system of care (after a vetting process) the City would like to build out and give you the opportunity to provide input as we talk about what that system needs to look like. It would ideally link case managers to more effectively access shelter and housing, healthcare, legal services, substance abuse treatment programs, funds for basic and ancillary needs such as vouchers for transportation for human trafficking victims.
United Against Human Trafficking has partnered with the National Council of Jewish Women – Houston Section, Harris County AFL-CIO, The Jewish Labor Committee and Chapelwood United Methodist Church in hosting its 5th annual Interfaith Anti-Trafficking Seder on Thursday, September 10, 2015.
The traditional Jewish Seder (Hebrew for “Order”) is an annual event during Passover when the story of enslavement and liberation (Exodus) from Egypt is recounted through religious readings and a symbolic meal. Our Interfaith Anti-trafficking Seder will focus on past and current struggles for human justice.
Show your support by attending this special “Interfaith Anti-Human Trafficking Seder” to demonstrate your commitment to help victims evade and escape Modern Day Slavery. All are welcome to attend.
Please note the doors will open at 6:00pm with the service beginning at 6:30PM. Dinner will be served afterwards.
To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/interfaith-anti-human-trafficking-seder-tickets-18218340547?aff=es2.
University of St. Thomas will host a panel discussion regarding what we can do to help eradicate human trafficking. The discussion will give assistance and educate others about this societal disease.
This event will be hosted inside the Scanlan Room of the Jerabeck Center. Parking is available for $2 in the Moran Parking Center at Graustark and West Alabama. For more information and to RSVP, click here.
Hors d’oeuvres will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Doctors For Change will host a Human Trafficking Forum to discuss human trafficking in the healthcare field. For more information, visit http://www.doctorsforchange.org/hope/.
Public: $10, Students: $5, Members: $3
United Against Human Trafficking and A Living Wage For All have teamed up to bring you the 6th annual Shop Smart: Fair Trade Shopping Market event at First United Methodist Church. Come support all of your favorite vendors, either fair trade or made by human trafficking survivors. Simply shopping fair trade will give you an opportunity to learn more about human trafficking and ways to combat it through conscientious purchases. The event will highlight the importance that shopping fair trade has on eliminating human trafficking.
This event is free and open to the public.
Dominican Sisters of Houston will host a documentary screening of #StandWithMe on Sunday, September 20, 2015.
Documentary synopsis: Only a 9-year-old would dream a lemonade stand could free 500 enslaved children. After seeing a photo of two enslaved boys in Nepal, Vivienne Harr is moved to help in the only way she knows how: by setting up her lemonade stand. With the goal of freeing 500 children from slavery, she sets up her stand every day, rain or shine. In telling Vivienne’s story, #standwithme examines the realities of modern-day slavery, the role we play in it as consumers, and the importance of knowing the story behind what we buy.
This event is free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, A 2nd Cup is hosting an exclusive, one night only screening of, “Untouchable: Children of God,” a firsthand look at modern day slavery. Featuring rare footage from inside the brothels of India and exclusive interviews with survivors and those serving on the front lines, UNTOUCHABLE: CHILDREN OF GOD highlights stories of hope and the heroes risking their lives to rescue and protect these forgotten angels.
Tickets are $11. To purchase, please visit https://www.tugg.com/events/43937.
Elijah Rising will host their third annual Justice Summit, a faithbased conference rallying groups to use the messaging of Christianity to raise awareness and fight against human trafficking.
To learn more and register, please visit houstonjusticesummit.org.