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Friday, September 21, 2012

Fight human trafficking

Human trafficking is referred to as modern day slavery. Today, more children, women and men are held in slavery than over the course of the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade. And some of these people are enslaved right here in the U.S. - and right here in DC. Human trafficking is one of the worst injustices imaginable: buying, selling, and using people's bodies, taking something from them against their will. God's Word makes it clear we are to fight for the cause of the oppressed, and this is undoubtedly one of the clearest situations of oppresion in our world today. To learn more about human trafficking, as well as what some faith groups are doing to combat this injustice, check our FAAST's website. There are also a group of churches here in the DC area meeting to talk about working together to fight human trafficking, so if you're interested in learning more about that send me an email.

There are two upcoming opportunities for the Church in DC to take action now in the fight against human trafficking:

1) Bittersweet Benefit; Friday, October 12th at 7:30pm
This is an event to raise money for four organizations doing amazing work to fight human trafficking: Courtney's House, Restoration Ministries, Polaris Project, and Fair Girls. More details forthcoming, If you're interested, email me!

2) Stop Modern Slavery Walk; September 29th at noon, starting in front of the Washington Monument
This walk is a chance to march together with thousands of others against the atrocity of human trafficking, and a way to physically stand in support of the organizations that are committed to a slavery-free future. Restoration Ministries, a non-profit my church has partnered with several times for other events, is one of the 15 organizations that benefits from the proceeds of this walk, so please come out and support them! This walk is also great way to get educated on the other anti-slavery initiatives in the DC area. If you'd like to walk, you can go here to register a team. Registration is $25 ($15 for students).


Blythe Scott
blythe@districtchurch.org

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