Break Every Chain anti-human trafficking event is March 18

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Break Every Chain, an event to bring women together to oppose human trafficking, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Greencastle-Antrim High School.

It is sponsored by Hollowell Forum, the social justice arm of Hollowell Brethren in Christ Church, in collaboration with with many other local churches, businesses and nonprofits.

Eighty percent of the 20 million human trafficking victims worldwide are women, according to organizers.

The one-day event will feature speakers, testimonies, educational presentations and resources as women come together to engage in the fight against human trafficking and find their own freedom and healing. The goal is to create life-long awareness and freedom for every woman from anything that may be holding her hostage — from addictions to unhealthy relationships to human trafficking.

Among the speakers will be Andrea Meredith, a representative of She's Somebody's Daughter. SSD began as an awareness initiative in 2013 with a comprehensive website and billboards in three states, starting a  national conversation about the issue of pornography and sexual  exploitation. In February 2014, SSD was incorporated as Tammy Stauffer, advocate for  the oppressed, stepped into the role of executive director. SSD works with concerned citizens, business leaders, churches and partner ministries across the country who care about the effects that sexual exploitation is having on men, women and children.

The Washington County Sex Trafficking Task Force will also host an education session.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. with registration and breakfast. Lunch will be provided.

Tickets for the event can be acquired at Lifeway in Hagerstown or Chambersburg and Pure and Simple Café in Greencastle with a non-perishable food item, Target or Walmart gift card, or a copy of a financial donation receipt from either She’s Somebody’s Daughter or Truth for Women

Tickets will are available through Saturday, March 11. The conference is geared for women 11 and up.

“It’s time to set the captives free. It’s time to stand alongside thousands of U.S. individuals and millions of women worldwide hurting within the sex trade. It’s time to break the chains of enslavement,” said Kim Burkholder, PR coordinator for Break Every Chain

More information is available at, or 717-597-3592.