I want to thank you for praying for me and the 250 advocates from 40 states who attended the International Justice Mission (IJM) Advocacy Summit in Washington DC last week. I had the opportunity to lobby Senator Richard Burr, Senator Kay Hagan, and three congressional offices (Congressman Melvin Watt, Congressman Richard Hudson, and Congressman George Holding) from North Carolina.
When people asked me why I attended the summit, my response was simple. I’m a woman privileged with opportunity as an American at this particular time in history when slavery is illegal across the world. I am also a mom of a little girl who is hopeful and full of joy. I cannot image the possibility of her life being stolen away by violence and slavery. When I hear the stories of little children who are suffering, I think of her and my compassion as both a Christian and a mom compels me to act.
I am glad so many others intentionally decided to act by heading to Washington DC last week. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from several IJM leaders, including the President and CEO of IJM, Gary Haugen. From a panel of leaders from Free the Slaves, World Vision, IJM, and Solidarity Center, we were also informed of success taking place through focused country models to combat slavery.
Know the Facts:
Slavery is not over!