Walla Walla University Addresses Human Trafficking


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"A multitude of Walla Walla University students joined local community members and concerned citizens at Shelter for Freedom’s headlining event on Saturday night, January 16, 2010, filling Whitman College’s Cordiner Hall for the screening of the documentary film Cargo: Innocence Lost, Martin Surridge reports.

According to Religious Liberty.tv:

The screening, which was followed by a panel discussion, was just one of nine events during the four-day series of awareness-building fundraisers, tackling the serious issue of both domestic and international human trafficking. All proceeds from the evening went to Walla Walla HelpLine Women’s Shelter, the focal point of Shelter for Freedom’s campaign, as they search for a permanent home in the valley.

The screening, as well as the exclusive art auction that followed, may have been held at Whitman College, but the event would not have been possible without the efforts of two student-led organizations from Walla Walla University. WWU Amnesty International Chapter and ASWWU, were behind the scenes during both events and were responsible for a large portion of the work during the four day Shelter for Freedom campaign.

The film, which intensely presented the brutal realities of human trafficking in the United States, brought together many people from around the Inland Northwest, interested in learning more about the issue, and what they could do to help. For many in attendance, the evening’s highlight was hearing from director Michael Cory Davis, and academy award-nominated actress Anne Archer, both of whom have dedicated much of their professional life to the spread of human rights across the globe.

Read more here.

For more information, listen to this podcast from the Religious Liberty site:

Michael Peabody interviews Karen Scott about the problem of modern day slavery and human trafficking in the United States.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/2138