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Awareness March to Springfield Saves Lives

Monday, March 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Veteran Ruck Marches 100LB Pack 189 Miles to Springfield in Support of the War Against Human Trafficking


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2019 CONTACT: Jecca Janes (, 919-740-0518), PR Contact for Provision Lab MONEE, IL —

On March 25, Jordan Mitchell, Army veteran and director of Provision Lab, will strap on a hundred-pound ruck sack and walk 189 miles over five days to the state capital of Illinois, the ninth-ranked state for human trafficking (according to For every pound in his pack, he’s raising money to save victims, but he’s also hoping to raise awareness with officials and residents and create change.

“Sometimes when we carry each other’s burdens, it gets physical. Provision Lab works to resource communities in the fight against human trafficking, but there are so many victims we don’t know about,” said Mitchell of the fundraising march. “It’s a quiet response to their oppression and a hopeful action toward finding them.”

Provision Lab, now in its sixth year, is a community catalyst for causes like the anti-human trafficking movement. With most victims entering the trade at age 13, Provision Lab’s programs are geared toward providing schools, officials, and residents with free awareness and prevention training. Each time Mitchell has spoken at a high school, the effort uncovers at least one victim. As part of the full-scale solution against trafficking, Provision Lab helps establish the network between awareness, assisting law enforcement and prosecutors, and making connections with recovery services for victims.

In 2018, of the 135 cases of human trafficking reported in Illinois, 107 were the result of a report or tip and a quarter of victims rescued from those cases were minors. “We have a lot of work to do and we need a lot of help. For every person who learns what to look for and how to report it, we have a greater chance of saving one more,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell’s march will culminate in the capital, where he hopes to meet with elected officials to raise awareness and create a plan for coordinating efforts to save more victims. He is also creating time to meet with officials and residents in Chebanse, Ludlow, Champaign, Monticello, Decatur, and Illiopolis along the way.

For more information about Provision Lab or the March 25 march to Springfield, visit, or contact Jecca Janes at or by phone at (919) 740-0518.

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