Walker Honors Abolition NC Founders as Community Heroes of the Month for Work Combatting Human Trafficking
GREENSBORO, N.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) honored Greensboro’s Cambre Weller and Chelsea Spohn as the Sixth District Community Heroes of the Month for October 2018.
Each month, Rep. Walker awards a constituent, business, or organization in his district for displaying extraordinary acts of service and for making a difference in the lives around them.
Cambre Weller and Chelsea Spohn met in 2008 during a Westover Church prayer group that focused on human trafficking. When they learned that this horrible crime was impacting lives in the Triad, they both felt called to join the fight on behalf of local survivors and also work to prevent human trafficking in the area. They founded Abolition NC as an organization to meet these needs. As Executive Director, Chelsea’s background in social work makes her uniquely skilled to support and mentor survivors, while Cambre’s former work as a Guilford County Schools curriculum developer made her perfectly poised to lead Abolition NC’s prevention awareness program.
"Chelsea and Cambre are amazing champions of marginalized individuals who have been subjected to the horrors and abuse of human trafficking," Dr. Sandy Sikes, a Abolition NC board member, said. "They spend endless hours working tirelessly to care for the victims of these atrocities. The Greensboro community is truly blessed to have women such as Chelsea and Cambre working to fulfill their mission here among us."
"I’ve been familiar with the work of Abolition NC for several years now, and I am always impressed with their heartfelt dedication to the fight against human trafficking," Walker said. "When I learned that Chelsea and Cambre are unpaid volunteers who have committed full work weeks to take on this ministry for a decade, I knew that they truly deserved to be honored as community heroes. Human trafficking is one of the greatest injustices of our time, destroying, enslaving and exploiting human life. Together, through continued legislative efforts and community organizations like Abolition NC, we can continue to raise awareness of this issue and work together to end it."
Chelsea lives in Greensboro with her husband, Michael and her two children. Cambre lives in Greensboro with her husband, Blake, and three children. They were presented with a certificate and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor.
Watch this video to learn more about the mission and efforts of Abolition NC: