Northwestern students will stand for 27 hours from March 5-6 to raise awareness for the estimated 27 million people around the world who are victims of human trafficking.
The Stand For Freedom event is held nationwide and is led by students who are passionate about changing the world. Various Northwestern students will participate by taking shifts to stand from Tuesday, March 5 at 11 a.m.-Wednesday March 6 at 2 p.m. on the Keyser Brickway on the See Stance page 2B Northwestern campus.
The Stand For Freedom event is a part of the larger END IT Movement led by the non-profit organization International Justice Mission. The organization searches out ways to raise awareness of modern-day slavery and stop and save people from human trafficking.
Megan Smith, sophomore nursing major, is spearheading the Stand For Freedom event. Smith first learned about the END IT Movement at the Passion 2013 Conference in Atlanta, GA.
“I went to Passion in January and found out about human slavery in the world today and felt convicted to not just stand by. I decided to get with some friends to start the movement on our campus. I’m really excited to see what God is going to do with this. I’ve been really encouraged by the interest I’ve seen from the students.” said Smith.
College minister of the Northwestern Student Movement at First United Methodist Church, Conner Byrd, is encouraging his college group to attend and invite their friends.
“This movement is important because it places an importance on what God values: which is the human life. It brings attention to the overlooked and the unseen and it raises awareness and value to their life; which is just as important as yours or mine.”
Byrd took his group to the Passion 2013 Conference and since then had been fired up about creating awareness of slavery around the world through the END IT Movement.
Amanda Angers, senior health and exercise science major involved with the END IT Movement on Northwestern’s campus, remarks that human trafficking is closer than we realize:
“New Orleans, where the Super Bowl was hosted this year, is a 2 hour drive from my family, from where I spent most of my childhood. It has been found that during the Super Bowl each year more humans are sold into sex trafficking and slavery than on any other night. I think back to my childhood and can’t begin to imagine it being replaced with sex trafficking and forced manual labor. It has been estimated that there are 27 million enslaved around the world, 27 million who have no hope, no voice, no way out. I joined the end it movement so that my voice and freedom can be used to bring freedom to those whose voices are silenced.”
If you are interested in participating in Stand For Freedom, contact Megan Smith.(firstname.lastname@example.org) If you want more information about the END IT Movement and how you can help stop human trafficking around the world, visit www.enditmovement.com.