Baltimore County Executive Proclamation
designating January 2016
Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
WHEREAS, more than a century and half ago, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing thousands of slaves in the United States; and
WHEREAS, slavery throughout different parts of the world remains a large problem today, with millions still in bondage, working for little to no pay; and
WHEREAS, Baltimore County seeks to promote fairness, equality, and human rights for everyone; and
WHEREAS, Baltimore County is home to an innumerable amount of people who work tirelessly, committed to ending the evils of modern-day slavery; and
WHEREAS, Baltimore County is in the fight against slavery by combatting the underlying forces that lead to forced labor such as prostitution, child abuse, and other degrading practices; and
WHEREAS, slavery and human trafficking can be fought by anyone by speaking out against this terrible practice and speaking on behalf of victims from around the globe; and
WHEREAS, “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month” is celebrated throughout the world by nations, cities, and individuals dedicated to the promotion of human rights and to the eradication of modern-day slavery:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kevin Kamenetz, as County Executive of Baltimore County, do hereby proclaim January 2016 as “SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH” in Baltimore County, and do commend this observance to all citizens with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of Baltimore County to be affixed this first day of January in the year two thousand sixteen.