January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Today is not just for education, but for action.
Put an End to Modern-day Slavery. That has been the consistent message and desire of advocates. For at least two years, I have been lobbying with the International Justice Mission so Congress would pass the End Modern Day Slavery Initiative (EMSI). Take a look at this video we did:
After a lot of prayers, persistence, and hard work, language from this legislation was recently authorized in December 2016.
With a new legislation and Congress, we now need to ensure that this initiative is fully funded. You can help us in this effort by simply signing your name to a petition. You may think to yourself, “Signing my name won’t make a difference.” I am here to say that you are wrong.
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When I was a college student at the United States Naval Academy, I received an email from a stranger who was tracing his family tree. My maiden name “Sistrunk” is quite rare, and it is one that we shared so he wanted a chance to meet. Since I was intrigued and didn’t know him, I thought it best that we meet in a public and safe place. I invited him to attend a Naval Academy Gospel Choir concert where I would be singing on the secure campus grounds.
I suspected he was a white male. When he arrived, he discovered that I was black. We shared our pleasantries and after such initial persistence, I never heard from him again. The unspoken truth between us revealed there was really only one way for him and me to share a last name. But you see, he thought there was no place for me in his story.
But there is a history and connected between both of our stories and indeed our lives. Both are laced with brokenness, violence, and darkness while offering a hope for a better future.
The Darkness of Slavery
I was privileged to complete an early screening of the movie, “Birth of a Nation,” now in movie theaters everywhere. If this viewing has taught me anything, it has reminded me of the interconnectedness of our stories and our brokenness. It has caused me again to reflect on the violence that takes place in the darkness.
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Recently I have invited you and your church to participate in “Freedom Sunday” on
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And I have also shared about a recent incident which highlighted the importance of educating the entire church on the issue of human-trafficking and modern-day slavery.
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Today, I want you to hear my heart and the hearts of so many ordinary people like me and you. Together, we lobby. We pray. We give of our time and financial resources. We tell our family, friends, and church fellowships. We use our voices to educate and raise awareness. We are committed for the long haul of ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
My name is Natasha Sistrunk Robinson and I want to end Modern-Day Slavery.
Will you join us? Find out more about Freedom Sunday and how you can get involved.