Angels star Albert Pujols, his wife Deidre Pujols, her husband’s teammates and Major League Baseball joined forces at Angel Stadium Saturday night with Ms. Lauryn Hill for the Strike Out Slavery festival aimed at raising awareness of the pervasive reach of human trafficking. Immediately following that night’s game, which the Angels lost to the Devil Rays, 3-1, Grammy winner Hill performed in concert for fans who flooded the field. But the fest also lasted all day before the game and included testimony from human trafficking survivors, global and local nonprofits fighting modern-day slavery and law enforcement partners from the OC Human Trafficking Task Force. Before the first pitch, representatives of nonprofit partners—including 27 Million, A21 Campaign, Agape International Missions, Exodus Cry, F.R.E.E. International, International Justice Mission, International Sanctuary, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Open Gate International, Polaris and Vision Rescue—took part in a pregame ceremony on the field. They were joined by the Pujolses, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, Waymakers Executive Director Ronnetta Johnson and Anaheim Police Chief Jorge Cisneros.
Photo credit: Matthew Morgan, courtesy of Strike Out Slavery