Browns coach Hue Jackson wants to help victims of human trafficking and is starting a foundation to provide them with support and a voice.
The launch of the Hue Jackson Foundation will be July 20 at a private event featuring Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Renee Jones from the Renee Jones Empowerment Center and Major Lurlene-Kay M. Johnson from the Salvation Army.
The foundation is “committed to empowering children, teen and adult victims of human trafficking through the funding of organizations that champion for and serve as a voice for those who are exploited,” according to the news release introducing the foundation.
Jackson and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of three daughters.
The foundation will support non-profit organizations that “embolden and offer hope to victims of sexual exploitation and coercion.” It will focus on awareness, prevention and healing for victims.
Cases in Ohio are among the most numerous in the nation, according to statistics from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center in Washington.
Victims of the crime have been “robbed of their autonomy and self-respect by traffickers that use violence, physical and emotional coercion, fraud, debt bondage and other means to subjugate their victims and exploit them for sex and labor commerce,” according to the release.
Jackson is in his second year as coach of the Browns.