Secretary Pate presents awards to community members on behalf of the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking
Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 12, 2023

MEDIA RELEASE: Secretary Pate presents awards to community members on behalf of the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking


DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate presented awards on behalf of the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking to outstanding community members combating human trafficking across the state on Thursday at the Iowa Capitol Building.

Governor Reynolds signed a proclamation in recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month which was also presented at the event.

"It was a pleasure to recognize these individuals and businesses for their support combating human trafficking across the state," Secretary Pate said. "I appreciate the work they've done so far and thank them for their service working to put an end to this horrible crime."

Six awards were handed out at the event to individuals and businesses leading the fight to end human trafficking across the state.

"We are honored to have six awardees today that each distinguished themselves in the fight against human trafficking," said Dr. George Belitsos, Board Chair of the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking. "These are unsung heroes – people we are putting in the spotlight to show the fight against this horrible crime."

Awards were presented to the following individuals and businesses (Photos are available for your use by clicking on the name/company below):

Alka Khanolkar of Keokuk, IA

Leland Schipper of Des Moines, IA

Tish Young of Cedar Rapids, IA

IMT Insurance Company

Melody Stone of Mason City, IA

Sister Shirley Fineran of Sioux City, Iowa

For more information on the background of the recipients, please visit IowaNAHT.org.

A soundbite of Secretary Pate's quote is available for your use at this link.

A soundbite of Dr. George's quote is available for your use at this link.

A headshot of Secretary Pate is available for your use at this link.

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