PC student members of International Justice Mission held a silent protest against human trafficking and slavery in the United States and worldwide on Thursday, April 10.
International Justice Mission, with campus chapters throughout the United States, is a worldwide effort to change laws and provide legal representation to fight human trafficking, a multi-billion dollar a year industry worldwide.
Kaitlin Gibson and Parker King began the local campus chapter in 2013 after seeing a human trafficking presentation at the Passion conference in Atlanta. In 2012, PC students and others organized a community conference at First Baptist Church, Clinton, to increase human trafficking awareness.
PC students and others stood for 24 hours – “One Day for Their Every Day” – to bring awareness of human trafficking and slavery. Child labor and forced labor, a practice in many countries to repay debts, also are targeted practices for IJM, the U.S. State Department, United Nations and other organizations.
Music, games and fellowship were a part of the Presbyterian College event, as well as prayer stations maps indicating areas of the world affected by modern-day slavery.
Participants wrote letters of encouragement to IJM staff in the mission field and to people who have been rescued from human trafficking.