Ohio Dominican University to Hold Vigil, Bring Hope to Victims of Human Trafficking

Ohio Dominican University to Hold Vigil, Bring Hope to Victims of Human Trafficking


Columbus, OH (43219) – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is hosting a candlelit prayer vigil for victims of human trafficking. The event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Nov. 16 in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, located on ODU’s main campus at 1216 Sunbury Road. 

The ODU Respect Life Club and Voice for the Voiceless, students from a Nonviolent Social Change class, are sponsoring the event. The vigil is being held to stand up against human trafficking, raise awareness of this issue, and bring hope to victims and survivors. 

Marlene Carson, a human trafficking survivor and founder of Rahab’s Hideaway, Inc., will share her moving story with attendees. Chris Albanese, Outreach Coordinator for Faith-based and Community Initiatives in Ohio Governor John Kasich’s office also will speak. 

The Ohio Trafficking in Persons Study Commission’s Research and Analysis Sub-Committee presented the Report on the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in Ohio to Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray in 2009. Among its findings: 

  • An estimated 3,437 foreign-born persons in Ohio may be at-risk for labor and/or sex trafficking; 783 of them are estimated to be trafficked into the labor or sex trade in Ohio. 
  • An estimated 2,879 American-born youth in Ohio are at-risk for sex trafficking, and another 1,078 youth have been trafficked into the sex trade over the course of a year. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private comprehensive liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.