Lighted walk across Cable Bridge is being held to support human trafficking survivors

KENNEWICK, Wash. — For the second year, the community will line the Cable Bridge in support of survivors of human trafficking.

The Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC) is holding its 2nd annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk on Friday, thanks to help from its sponsors, Numerica Credit Union and Windermere Group One.

The goal of the walk is to inform people about signs of human trafficking and the resources available, but it’s also meant to provide support to survivors.

“We had heard from several of our clients that they felt like people in the community didn’t care about them and that people were thinking they were kind of damaged,” said Desiree Reynolds, the human trafficking program director at SARC. “We wanted to do something to show them there’s a lot of people that really do care about this.”

In the last fiscal year alone, SARC saw 77 new clients. Since the center’s expansion in May 2017, they’ve served over 240 clients.

At Friday’s event, the bridge will be lit up in blue, and blue tea lights will also be distributed to walkers. IMPACT Percussion will lead participants across the bridge. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from speakers and enjoy refreshments.

The event goes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and starts at Lampson International LLC on the Kennewick side of the bridge.