For the past 4 or 5 weeks (pretty much since we got back from our honeymoon) I’ve been working on my next project with Hope4Justice – the anti human trafficking organization I work with here in Bellingham, WA. I’m tasked with organizing volunteers to put on this event so the past few weeks in particular have been nose-to-the-grindstone. We’re putting on our biggest human trafficking awareness event of the year: The SOLD Experience.
“Much more than just an exhibit, SOLD is a multi-sensory experience that will educate you on the shocking reality of human trafficking, both locally and globally. Participants will be immersed into the lives of victims in nine different parts of the world. SOLD challenges participants to respond to human trafficking with justice, mercy, and humility.”
It’s fitting that this event takes place during National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. I’m so excited about SOLD. I know that it will break the hearts of those who walk through the exhibit, I know that some of them may stare evil in the face and feel helpless, but I also know that we are so ready to equip each person with an opportunity and the tools to go out and be a beacon for justice. They will hear the stories of child soldiers, factory workers in horrid conditions, the hopelessness of debt-slavery, and the horrors of child prostitution. But it’s not hopeless and I love that SOLD will remind people of that in the end. We can end this thing, we can abolish modern-day slavery. It takes all of us. It takes a change in how we purchase our goods, in how we look at porn, in how we treat victims. I’m so hopeful and so inspired already. When people exit the exhibit we connect them with organizations focused on ethical-sourcing, awareness trainings, fundraisers, donations, trafficking prevention, and survivor recovery. The impact can reach further than I could ever imagine!
I’ll keep my post brief, because I’m already a little tired and have a long week ahead. But it’s worth it – to see one more person join in the fight for justice, to see one more survivor walk free.
If you’re in the Whatcom County/Bellingham area over this weekend or near Seattle Pacific University next week, please seriously consider attending this event. It can change your life and what you do with the knowledge can save the lives of many others.