By Morgan Andersen, Staff Writer
A St. John Fisher Student is going above and beyond this December to raise awareness about a growing problem in the world. Junior Jacqueline Kaiser is participating in Dressember, wearing a dress every day to help raise awareness about human trafficking.
Human trafficking is a growing problem. Many people are unaware of the problem.
However, according to The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally. The goal of Dressember is to bring awareness about the problem to much more people than currently know about it.
2016 marks the second year that Kaiser has taken part in Dressember. Previously she has seen her mother participate in Dressember.
When asked what prompted her to get started, Kaiser replied, “It was watching the way that my mom got involved, and I admired the way that she would stand up for this cause. As well as hearing the stories and seeing the change that this movement is creating.”
One of Kaiser’s roommates, Elizabeth Albright, expressed excitement and pride when asked her opinion about Kaiser participating in Dressember. She said, “I think it’s really cool to see Jackie participate in something that she’s so passionate about. She really wants to raise awareness about human trafficking and is happy when someone asks her why she’s wearing a dress all the time, as it gives her a chance to explain what the cause is.”
This motivation led to Kaiser participating in Dressember for the first time in 2014. Kaiser is a member of the Dressember Merger House Team.
This year this team has a specific goal in mind. Forty percent of all money that they raise will go directly to McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center. This center works with youth that have experienced abuse.
For more information about Dressember, visit dresemberfoundation.org. To donate to Kaiser’s fundraising page for this cause, visit https://support.dressemberfoundation.org/fundraiser/840629.