U.S. Representative John Lewis

United States Representative for Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District, Civil Rights Leader, and Author

U.S. Representative John Lewis

A sharecropper’s son who grew up in segregated Alabama, Congressman John Lewis served as the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, helped organize and serve as keynote speaker at the historic 1963 March on Washington, and played many key roles in the Civil Rights Movement. First elected to the House in 1986, Congressman Lewis serves as Senior Chief Deputy Whip for the Democratic Party in the House and is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and is the recipient of numerous eminent awards, including the Medal of Freedom, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Non-Violent Peace Prize, and the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage Award” for Lifetime Achievement.

“Human trafficking is one of the greatest human rights tragedies of our age, with more individuals living in forced labor today than during the entire period of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.”