On November 5, 2022, the Washington Anti-Trafficking Network (WARN) participated in El Centro de la Raza’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event. The theme of this year’s event was “El Futuro es Ahora! The Future is Now!” to honor all those who have fought for human rights, social services, and political and environmental justice to shape a better future for the children.  

WARN created an ofrenda (offering or altar) honoring all the victims and survivors of human trafficking in Washington State. Día de los Muertos is one of the most important celebrations in Mexico, and one that is celebrated throughout Latin America and the U.S. It is a time of remembering and rejoicing.  

The ofrenda is a place of honor constructed by the families or mourners in remembrance of dead ancestors or of a specific event. It is decorated with various items that represent the deceased, as well as the four elements including Earth (represented by an agricultural element like pan de muerto), Wind (represented by fluttering objects like papel picado – cut paper), Water (represented by bowls of water), and Fire (represented by candles). The ofrendas honor the dead to assure the continuity of life.   

How you can help

If you would like to help victims and survivors of human trafficking, you can support the Washington Anti-Trafficking Network through a donation to IRC Seattle. Please earmark your gift for 'WARN.' Thank you!