HONOLULU - US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) on Saturday received the Hoola Na Pua Advocacy Award for her dedication to serving and empowering human trafficking survivors in Hawaii. The award was announced at the annual Pearl Gala that recognizes individuals, organizations, and companies, who have demonstrated courage and advocacy in fighting against sexual exploitation of children in Hawaii.

Rep. Gabbard said, “Unfortunately, tens of thousands of men, women, and children are victims of human trafficking every year – around the world, and in Hawaii. Kids as young as ten or 11 years old have been taken from schools, beaches, and malls through an intricate network of sex traffickers. Too often, these cases remain under-reported and under-prosecuted. I’m grateful for the great leadership and service that Hoola Na Pua provides, shining a light on this epidemic, and supporting, caring for, and empowering female sex trafficking survivors. I am humbled to receive the Hoola Na Pua Advocacy Award and will continue to do my best to support these courageous survivors and ensure they get the care they need to heal and move forward with their lives.”

"Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has a long-term passionate record and commitment to bringing increased awareness and systematic change to the anti-human trafficking movement both nationally and locally,” said Hoola Na Pua.