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#BringBackOurGirls: PA Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution in Support of Victims of Nigerian Kidnapping
Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved a resolution that I introduced expressing sympathy to the victims of the recent mass kidnapping in Nigeria. More than 300 teenage girls were abducted from a local government secondary school by Islamic militants in mid-April. The abductors objected to the girls receiving a non-Islamic education including learning math and science.
The resolution passed by the Senate offered “strong, unified and unwavering support to the kidnapping victims, their families, and the people of Nigeria as they work for the return of the girls.” The resolution also noted that the Pennsylvania Senate has a long bipartisan history of working against human trafficking of any kind in both the United States and around the world.
This is a very tragic and disturbing situation. We should all pay attention to this issue and take a collective stance against this kidnapping. According to numerous reports, these young girls are being forced to be wives, sex slaves, and suffer other types of abuse from their kidnappers. Silence is unacceptable.
Please visit the links below to learn more about this issue and share this e-mail with your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues. Together, we can make our voices heard and help these young women return safely.
State Senator Vincent Hughes
If you suspect a case of human trafficking go to the website for the Polaris Project or call 1-888-373-7888.
The First Lady:@ FLOTUS - Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It's time to #BringBackOurGirls. -mo pic.twitter.com/glDKDotJRt
IN THE NEWS
Pennsylvania Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Expressing Sympathy to Victims of Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria
May 7th, 2014
The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by State Senator Vincent Hughes expressing sympathy to the victims of the recent mass kidnapping in Nigeria. More than 300 teenage girls were abducted from a local government secondary school by Islamic militants in mid-April. The abductors objected to the girls receiving a non-Islamic education including learning math and science.
“This is a very tragic and disturbing situation that has occurred,” said Senator Hughes. “We should all pay attention to this issue and take a collective stance against this kidnapping. According to numerous reports, these young girls are being forced to be wives, sex slaves, and suffer other types of abuse from their kidnappers. Silence is unacceptable.”
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Philadelphia Area Efforts Grow in Support of Kidnapped Nigerian Girls
May 8, 2014 | By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - President Obama announced earlier this week that the US would help the Nigerian government locate the more than 200 girls kidnapped from a school in mid-April. Philadelphia area efforts to support the young women continue into a second week.
Rallies, protests, as well as vigils, and a Philadelphia-based Facebook campaign, titled “200RosesNG” began in the area last week. Like efforts in Washington, DC, New York and others cities the events were designed to pressure President Obama, the U.N. and other authorities to step in and save the girls being who are reportedly being sold into slavery. Then the Twitter hashtag #BringBackOurGirls went viral.
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Learn more about the issues and provide your feedback on my website at senatorhughes.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).
Offices of State
Senator Vincent Hughes