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Communication student receives award from Ohio Department of Public Safety

Maygan Beeler | Nov 2, 2015

Ohio Department of Public Safety Director, John Born, BSJ ’85 and MSS ’93, Ohio University student Katherine Morua, Kaorin Marshall, a senior in the School of Communication Studies, and State of Ohio Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, Elizabeth Ranade Janis pause for a photo-op at the end of the award ceremony. Both Katherine and Kaorin were presented with the “I Contribute” award from the Ohio Department of Public Safety for their dedication and hard work to combat human trafficking in Ohio on Oct. 29, 2015. / photo by Claire Berlin

Communication student receives award from Ohio Department of Public Safety

Kaorin Marshall spent time during internship combating human trafficking in Ohio

By Maygan Beeler

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 2, 2015)—School of Communication Studies senior Kaorin Marshall and social work major Katherine Morua were recognized in an awards ceremony by Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born, BSJ ’85 and MSS ’93, and Ohio Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator Elizabeth Ranade Janis for their efforts to combat human trafficking in Ohio on Oct. 29, 2015.

Morua and Marshall received the “I Contribute” award after raising human trafficking awareness on Ohio University’s campus last April. The pair stood outside for 10 hours during an event dubbed “Stand4Freedom” holding signs and wearing t-shirts aimed to inform passersby.

“I interned for the sheriff’s office in Dayton, Ohio, so I know that human trafficking is an issue, especially in Ohio,” Marshall, a senior in the School of Communication Studies, said. “It’s an international issue, but it’s not just abroad, it’s home and it’s here.”

The two students collected more than 200 signatures petitioning a change in laws for the treatment of human trafficking victims during the event.

“It was just a small program here in Athens, but I do think that it takes tiny programs like this, or even large-scale program in order to shift the culture of how people view this issue,” Marshall said. “I think that eventually it might change the world.”

Director Born spoke about the importance of educating others, and the initiative Morua and Marshall took to ensure Ohio University students were aware of the issue.

“When you’re empowered with information, and you’re empowered with the ability to change someone’s life for the better, you can do that just with words,” Born said. “These two young ladies did that.”

To view photos from the Ohio Department of Public Safety award ceremony on Oct. 29, 2015 click here.