Mayor Byron W. Brown, Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and local supporters will join Project Mona’s House and FreeThem Center founder, Kelly Galloway, as she and participants of The FreeTHEM Walk prepare to leave for Lynchburg, V.A.
The sendoff will happen at The FreeTHEM Rally scheduled for May 1 at 3pm in front of Buffalo’s City Hall .
The rally is a gathering to bring awareness to human trafficking. The FreeTHEM Walk is a 902-mile journey from Lynchburg, V.A. to Buffalo, N.Y., to end human trafficking. Since the crime is considered modern-day slavery, The FreeTHEM Walk will travel the Underground Railroad with visits to historic sites in nine cities to pay homage to abolitionists who fought to end slavery generations ago. The FreeTHEM Walkers will depart from Buffalo City Hall immediately following the FreeTHEM Rally. They will return to Buffalo by foot on June 19 for a Juneteenth celebration.
Project Mona’s House and The FreeThem Center are committed to rescuing victims of human trafficking and preventing at-risk women and girls from becoming victims. According to the International Labour Organization, human trafficking globally generates $150 billion annually. A 2019 report by the State Department identifies the U.S. as one of the world’s worst places for human trafficking. Victims are modern-day slaves used for sex, labor, medical experiments, and organs. Human trafficking is happening across the country; however, many people are uninformed about what it is, how to identify victims or traffickers, and where to get help. The FreeTHEM Walk is the first public act by The FreeThem Center, which opened earlier this year on March 4.
About Kelly Diane Galloway:
Kelly Diane Galloway is a traveling missionary and founder of RAMP Global Missions, a Christian humanitarian organization with locations in Nepal, India and Guatemala. In the U.S., RAMP opened Project Mona’s House, a human trafficking restoration home located in Buffalo, NY.
With support from celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, she opened Buffalo, New York’s first human trafficking restoration home, Project Mona’s House. Project Mona’s House rescues victims who have survived human trafficking from across the country. The organization provides housing, safety, and therapy for exploited, homeless, or orphaned women.
On March 4, 2021 Kelly opened doors to The FreeThem Center, an inner-city human trafficking drop-in location for at-risk women and girls. Since the U.S. is one of the worse countries for human trafficking, Kelly is taking extreme steps to build awareness about the crime to help stop it. When more people are informed, her organizations can rescue more victims.