STARS – Standing Together Against Real Slavery

February 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hampton Inn
3434 Secor Rd
Toledo, OH 43606

STARTS – Standing Together Against Real Slavery

El DeRamono receives Lifetime Achievement Award for her efforts in fighting human trafficking.

For EleSondra “El” DeRomano, her horrid past led her to help at-risk youth and young women avoid becoming victims to human trafficking. For her efforts and dedication, DeRomano has been awarded a 2016 President’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to DeRomano Jan. 21 in Columbus. It is given to philanthropic and community leaders who consistently give of their time and service to make a difference in the lives of others. “I was surprised to get the award because someone out of Columbus nominated me,” DeRomano said. “I am definitely honored to be recognized for trying to help others.” DeRomano, a former sex worker, abuse victim, and gang leader started STARS (Standing Together Against Real Slavery) in the Oakdale Church, several years ago. Now located at the Unity United Methodist Church, on East Broadway, DeRomano spends her evenings walking the streets of East Toledo, looking to save young women and men from the traps set out by those involved in human trafficking. “I have about 14 girls I am working with, and a whole lot of women,” DeRomano said. “I can tell you Toledo is still number-four (in Ohio) in regards to sex trafficking, and the heroin issue is helping to fuel that. It is not getting better right now.”

Toledo Tea Party
Monday, February 12th, 2018
7 – 9 pm

Hampton Inn
3434 Secor Road
(Secor Rd south of I-475)
Toledo, OH 43606, USA

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