The Time I Accidentally Started A Human Rights Organization

Remember last spring when I did Shoes Against Human Trafficking? That wasn’t the first time I wrote about slavery. I wrote about it in January … and the summer before … and even reviewed a novel before that, complete with author interview.

This time, however, was different. It ignited something.

Shortly after I posted about the shoe drive, a friend of a friend contacted me. She wanted to know if there was anything else going on and how she could get involved.

Well, I didn’t have anything else. I felt very on the fringe of the issue as it was, but I invited her over for coffee anyway. I figured the least we could do was pray about it.

We did pray. We prayed and we cried and pleaded with God for justice on behalf of women and children being exploited around the world. We asked God to open our eyes to any opportunities for us to make a dent in this colossal and horrific situation. That was in July.

Within two weeks we had a group of over 15 people who wanted to join us.

By the end of August we had about 40 people on our mailing list. We had met with legislators about state and national bills, connected with more than six partnering organizations and planned a major awareness event.

And that is how I accidentally started a human rights organization.

It’s called Justice Network.

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Our purpose is to educate, equip and empower our friends and neighbors to become abolitionists.

Over the past few weeks I have been frantically creating a website, launching pinterest and facebook pages, networking with people and … This weekend we have our official launch.

We are hosting a FREE event — a showing of this film.

Before you click “play” note that it is rated PG-13 for mature content (sex trafficking of minors) and violence. You might want to get any munchkins out the room.

In addition to the film, we will be offering education about human trafficking and opportunities for people to get involved. Real, tangible ways to make a difference right where you are with whatever you have. Representatives will be there from IJM, A21, Nomi Network, Jesus Loves Jersey, Love-True and RestoreNYC. Maybe even a few others.

If you’re local and interested in coming, we’d love to have you.

Saturday, October 12th
Hawthorne Gospel Church — Hawthorne, NJ
6:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

If you have questions, need directions or want to know more about the film or the event, CLICK HERE.

Human trafficking isn’t a far away issue and it’s not something that only the career-workers can fight. Yes, it’s a huge issue and it can be overwhelming, but that’s no excuse for inaction. We can ALL make a difference. When we all work together, abolition will come.

“He has told you, O man, what is good,
and what the Lord really wants from you:
He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful,
and to live obediently before your God.”
— Micah 6:8

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