Slavery is not just a human rights violation found in history textbooks. Through the Rally for Freedom week-long campaign, university chapters of the International Justice Mission are calling attention to the 40 million people around the world who are currently enslaved.
IJM is a global Christian nonprofit dedicated to promoting the dignity of human lives by working to end human trafficking. This week, IJM has called on college students to call their senators and state representatives to ensure that Congress allocates funds towards ending modern slavery in their 2019 annual budget.
To join this movement, the UNC chapter of IJM set up a booth on the quad Tuesday. They handed out informational cards with instructions to text the phrase “RESCUE” to 52886 so that students could connect with their state representative.
Senior Rachel Ricks is a member of IJM who took part in this campaign and acknowledges the unique challenges of advocating for international issues.
“It’s hard to make people care about something that they can’t see,” Ricks said.