More than 27 million people worldwide are currently entrapped in the circles of trafficking, but on Nov. 13-14, students gathered in the Innovator’s Auditorium of the Business Building to expose these truths and bring awareness to this problem.
Every two minutes, a child is trafficked for sexual exploitation — the International Justice Mission is taking a stand.
Some professors canceled classes to allow students the opportunity to learn about this suffering and make a difference at the “STand For Freedom” event.
All students were welcome to attend this event, which took place from noon on Tuesday though 3 p.m. on Wednesday — a total of 27 hours in honor of the 27 million victims of this modern-day slavery.
Dr. Amy Stumpf, assistant professor of Christian studies and California Baptist University’s IJM adviser, said IJM has asked six schools across the nation to pilot this “STand For Freedom” campaign to raise awareness of the prevalence of human trafficking.
CBU is the only school on the West Coast actively participating in this campaign; however, IJM plans to expand its reach to 200 schools by this spring.
Jocelyn White, IJM director of church mobilization, began the event with opening remarks.
Throughout the event, Students paused to pray for
the people affected by human trafficking every other hour, as well as participated in activities such as lawn games, sing-alongs, a movie and a pajama party.
Students can get involved with CBU’s IJM chapter by contacting Stumpf or attending one of its weekly meetings. The International Justice Mission also offers internships, found at IJM.org.
Students wishing to make a difference can do so by praying for victims, donating at events, volunteering with IJM or other affiliates such as StopTheTraffik.org, PolarisProject.org and NotForSaleCampaign.org, or by donating money to FAAST’s Rapid Response Kits, which provide basic clothing, hygiene and transport to a safe place for trafficking victims.