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25 Collegiate Women Leaders to Visit White House and Congress to Advocate for Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation & Girls Education

Part of United Way’s Alternative Spring Break Program Allowing Students Opportunities to Give Back

Washington, DC – United Way in partnership with Kimberly-Clark's U by Kotex is hosting an Alternative Spring Break for 25 young women leaders from college campuses across the country. The week-long event will focus on empowering women and girls in service and leadership. The participants will take part in service projects throughout the week, meet with the White House Council of Women and Girls, and speak to Members of Congress and their staffers to advocate for policy changes related to human trafficking and empowering women and girls in Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics (STEM) education and financial stability. The group will be accompanied by former White House Senior Policy Advisor from the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Mara Vanderslice Kelly, who is now leading United Way Worldwide’s anti-human trafficking effort.

WHO: 25 Collegiate Women from across the nation

Mara Vanderslice Kelly, Director, Anti-Human Trafficking, United Way Worldwide

WHAT: A meeting at The White House meeting to discuss human trafficking effort and women's issues followed by meetings on Capitol Hill to ask Members of Congress to cosponsor anti-human trafficking bills.

WHEN: White House meeting on Tuesday, March 17

Congressional meetings on Thursday, March 19

WHERE: The group will visit the following sites throughout the week:

· The White House

· Capitol Hill

· Teen Tech Center

· Cornerstones

· DC Rape Crisis Center

· Embry Rucker Community Shelter

· Bright Beginnings

· DC Diaper Bank

· Laurel Learning Center


About United Way Worldwide

United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for a network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. It advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality life. The United Way movement mobilizes millions to action—to give, advocate and volunteer—to improve conditions in their communities. For more information about United Way, please visit:


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