William Woods University students,
led by a young woman from Odessa, Mo., have been striving the last few months
to create what they hope will be an inspiring call to arms for students in the
face of injustice in the world.
chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM), has been working with members
of Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) and IJM to set up Audacious Abolition Week,
a week meant to publicize the harm, and hope, of human trafficking.
events, kicked off Monday night with the Elegantees fashion show. Other events
walk-through exhibit, assembled by the members of CRU, will open at 7 p.m.
Tuesday in Aldridge Lounge.
film, “Taken,”will be shown at 6
p.m. Wednesday in Dulany Auditorium.
stories of freedom from modern slavery will be presented at 6 p.m. Thursday in
the Library Auditorium.
2008 French action thriller film starring Liam Neeson, who plays a former U.S. CIA operative tracking down his daughter after she is
kidnapped by human traffickers while
travelling in France.
human trafficking, and also led to the birth of IJM at William Woods.
years ago,” said Withrow, explaining that a group of students was moved to
start a chapter after hearing a speaker from IJM that CRU brought in. Now IJM
hopes to inspire other students to join their cause.
introduced me to human trafficking. That’s kind of where I first found my
passion for it and realized that it exists in North America and Europe, and not
just third-world countries.”
introduce people to trafficking. But putting together these events has been
more than just finding a good movie to show.
Withrow, when asked about preparing for the event. “My inbox is exploding
phone calls “like crazy” for the last two-three months, just trying
to set up the four events.
fashion show, came together as a result of a Facebook contact.
actually contacted us over Thanksgiving break,” Withrow said. “She
found us through our Facebook page, William Woods IJM, and started talking to
us about doing a show with her new 2013 line.”
Martinez and has been sewn by women in Nepal who have been rescued from human
excited to share more of Martinez’s story and “try to inspire the students
to think about their education and their career goals and talents and what
they’re good at and to combine that with something that they’re passionate
about and see how they can use their gifts to change the world, too.”
enjoyed putting the four events together.
can see that God’s blessing is really on it and things are falling into
the week is not one of sadness, but of hope.
Abolition Week to be dark and depressing. So often when people talk about
trafficking it’s, ‘trafficking is evil and awful and sad,’ and it is. But if
you leave it there, then nothing gets done about it. We want this week’s
message to be one of hope.”