Saturday, January 30, 2010

Human Trafficking

There IS something that can be done about it. I love it when people say that and feel it. Too often we think that we need to fix all the problems that exist in the all the world immediately (generally meaning quickly) and completely. But that is overwhelming. If we look at the problems that face our world as they affect individuals instead of trying to tackle the entire problem all at once, progress and success can be seen. If we wait until we can get all the political and bureaucratic messes figured out, we will have lost the opportunity to help so many individuals. While we MUST work with governments and policies to change them and to change acceptable behavior and attitudes about human trafficking and slavery and get rid of the problem entirely, we can start now with individuals, getting them out of the horrible, unimaginable situations in which they find themselves.

I am currently looking for a job for after graduation this April and I would LOVE to be able to do something working in an organization fighting human trafficking and exploitation. My sister told me about the International Justice Mission which does great work in this field. Here is a video from their web site. It is eye-opening. These are real people, many who are children, facing unbelievable trials and hopelessness. Groups like the International Justice Mission need our support, so does Hillary Clinton who in her position as Secretary of State has been putting added attention to the problems in the world of human trafficking as well as rape and exploitation of women in Africa and elsewhere. It is everywhere. This is not just a third world problem. It happens here in the United States. Please watch this and think about it and then do something about it. The IJM site recommended writing a letter to a congressman, donating, mobilizing the community, and educating yourself. These might feel like little things that won't make much of a difference, but they matter and can make a difference. Most of all, I think that we just need to recognize the trials of our fellow brothers and sisters throughout the world and do what we can, whatever we can, to help them.

IJM - Reality of Human Trafficking from International Justice Mission on Vimeo.

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