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04-28-2014


Students participate in End It Movement event at UC

 


Williamsburg, Ky. – Fifty students came to support and find out more information about human trafficking and slavery at the End It Movement event at University of the Cumberlands (UC).

“The victims are voiceless and trapped from society and can’t speak out for themselves,” said Magan Atwood, Director of Appalachian Ministries and speaker at the event. “They need others to stand up for them.”

The event was focused not only on educating people on the problem of human trafficking, but also getting people involved in helping to end it. Students had the opportunity to research on websites about human trafficking for more information about how to end modern day slavery, including websites such as enditmovement.com, which has a list of partner organizations. Local organizations, Cumberland River Behavioral Health-Victim Services and SHINE from East Kentucky University, came to the event to provide information to fight and prevent modern day slavery.

The event raised $280 through a silent auction, a dunking booth, a photo booth, corn hole and other games. The money will go to the organizations Made in a Free World and International Justice Mission. Made in a Free World informs companies of the merchandise that they buy if it’s made by slaves. International Justice Mission is a hands-on organization that gets victims out of the slave and sex trade.

While Atwood spoke at the event, candles were lit to provide a visual of the human beings trafficked every thirty seconds. After she spoke, 100 candles had been lit to represent the victims that are trafficked. The candles were taken home by the participants to remind them of the need to stop trafficking.

Not only is it important to remember the 27 million men, women and children in bondage, but also it’s important to pray for those who sell them into the sex trade.

“Pray for both,” said Ezra Anderson, senior at UC who organized the event. “A lot of people want to put the pimps into a category, but they’re broken people.”

Anderson said he felt the need to do something on campus to end slavery. He joined in working with Katie Reid who had already had a donation opportunity called Coffee Cup Change. Baptist Campus Ministries also got involved in supporting and helping to support the event.

“With all of the social injustices, this one lays the heaviest on my heart because it seems so helpless,” said Atwood. “I feel passionate about people seeing that they can help. I want to empower people to realize that they can help.”

One of the Bible verses that Atwood used in her presentation was Proverbs 31:8-9, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit www.ucumberlands.edu.

Article Provided by Lydia Huggins, Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant