Friday, May 4, 2012

SBU International Justice Mission Hosts Slavery Awareness

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s chapter of the International Justice Mission (IJM) kicked off a slavery awareness event yesterday and continues today in the Goodson Student Union on the Bolivar campus from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  There are a variety of opportunities to get involved in discussion and research.

The event kickoff in Randolph Chapel featured a music worship session focused on freedom and hope then moving into a prayer vigil about trafficking—victims, buyers, perpetrators, and government officials.

The chapter’s “hope is to involve as many people as possible in the discussion of “what is my response to modern-day slavery to be?”  The chapter belief is “that each person, no matter how old and no matter what area of study or job, has a role in fighting human trafficking. This is our request of you and your organization—to begin the discussion of what your specific role is in abolition today. Then, to come and join us for the awareness event bringing your thoughts and questions.”

Alongside research areas and an art exhibit, there will be a designated discussion area with questions and information.  The public is invited to join the chapter for a debriefing session held Friday after the event from 4 to 5p.m. in the Davis Theater in the Union building.

IJM is an international organization working with localized law enforcement to prevent and eradicate slavery, find and prosecute traffickers, and provide aftercare for victims of both labor and sex trafficking. For more information on all their work and how to become more involved in their abolition efforts, visit 
Contact Fiona Scott at 570.313.9441 or Lydia Nebel at 417.399.4872 with questions or concerns.

Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. At SBU, the faculty and staff create a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. For more information, visit

SBU’s Office of Marketing and Communications is available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 399-7918.