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We want to engage the faculty, students and staff of The Ohio State University with the issue of modern-day slavery and have prepared a list of professionals from front-line organizations in the battle against slavery.  Below you will find a list of well-prepared lecture options for in-class presentations from specialists from World Vision, the Not for Sale Campaign, International Justice Mission, Hagar International other NGO and non-profit organizations.  To book a speaker for your class during the week of April 19th-April 23, please contact Howard Van Cleave at van-cleave.3@osu.edu.

The Importance of Rule of Law: There are 27 million people in slavery today, most of whom live in countries with laws declaring slavery illegal and therefore abolished.  However, for the poor and vulnerable in developing countries, these laws rarely provide protection from violent forms of oppression.  During this seminar, we will learn about the reality of violent oppression, IJM’s model of casework, stories from the field and how we can show up on behalf of victims around the world.

  • The Reality of Modern-Day Slavery: There are more slaves today than at any point in human history, most of whom are the poor and vulnerable living in developing countries.  During this seminar, we will learn about the reality of violent oppression, IJM’s model of casework to rescue those in slavery, stories from the field and how we can show up on behalf of victims around the world.
  • At the End of Slavery: 30 minute documentary followed by guided discussion/Q and A: At the End of Slavery: The Battle for Justice in Our Time takes viewers inside the violent and ugly business of slavery, from the brothels of the Philippines to the brick kilns of India. Undercover footage, first-person testimony from former slaves and respected experts expose the enormity of the crime—but a remarkable strategy and the courage of today’s abolitionists offer hope for a final end to this brutal trade. At the End of Slavery is a clarion call to every viewer to join the movement to end slavery in our lifetime. After the film, a time of questions and answers, as well as a presentation of further information and guided discovery, allows participants to fully engage issues of injustice.
  • Good News About Injustice: Injustice is the abuse of power to take from others their life, liberty, dignity and the fruits of their love and their labor. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 1:17 that we should “learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” During this seminar, we’ll consider the Biblical mandate to do justice, explore the reality of injustice in our world, and learn how we can show up on behalf of the poor and those who live in oppression.
  • The Child as a Commodity: Addressing the traffic of children in the developing world: Children are trafficked for three main purposes: sex, labor, and war. The traffic in children is a complex issue that requires a comprehensive response. A representative from World Vision, an international relief, development, and advocacy organization, will, through stories of trafficked children assisted through World Vision, address both the breakthroughs and the challenges in the fight against human trafficking, and the role we all play to end this modern-day slave trade. 
  • Real Change: What an average college student can do to make a real difference: Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and we can all be abolitionists in the fight against it. A representative from World Vision, an international relief, development, and advocacy organization, will discuss what human trafficking is, what World Vision is doing about it, and, most importantly, what you can do about it. This presentation will highlight the meaning and importance of advocacy in all its forms and provide practical ways college students can respond to this issue here and now. 
  • Human Trafficking and the Economy: How the global downturn promotes trafficking: The international relief and development organization World Vision notes an increase in the number of working and vulnerable children coming into its child labor mitigation programs over the past two years. This increase is particularly stark in countries with export-dependent economies such as India, Cambodia and Thailand. This trend suggests that the global economic downturn is increasing the level of vulnerability for children around the world. A representative from World Vision will address this reality and discuss ways to address it.

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