Jane Shugart

Rescue Backpack Coordinator

Jane is an Orlando resident and mother of four adult children. Initially introduced to the plight of human trafficking through organizations like International Justice Mission and World Vision, she became acutely aware of the problem here in Central Florida when she attended her first Human Trafficking Awareness Day in 2013. Spurred to action, Jane started participating in activities to spread awareness through a local movement called Shed Light District. One such activity involved putting together a few backpacks of personal care items to assist victims of human trafficking at the request of Florida Abolitionist.

What started as a one-time donation drive in 2014 quickly turned into an ongoing program to provide “rescue backpacks” to numerous Central Florida governmental and nonprofit agencies who serve victims of human trafficking. Jane volunteers her time to help coordinate this effort along with Marnie Arnason. They have both witnessed how the donation drives and backpack assembly events provide an avenue for spreading awareness, as well as a practical way for people to participate in the fight against human trafficking. Jane and Marnie are excited to formally join with Florida Abolitionist in growing this program.

In her free time, Jane enjoys reading, yoga, hiking, and traveling with her husband.

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