Not everyone thinks of slavery as a big issue anymore.
Maybe back in 1859, when Adrian College was founded as an abolitionist college. But now?
Try telling that to the 27 million people currently living in slavery throughout the world.
In keeping with Adrian College’s abolitionist tradition, the Chaplain's Office at Adrian College has stepped forward to organize on-campus awareness of human trafficking. The Chaplain's Office plans on hosting several events throughout the school year for students, faculty, staff and the Adrian community to get involved with the Not For Sale campaign.
In 2009, the “Not for Sale” organization held its first ever international "Abolitionist Academy" at Adrian College. Members of the Abolitionist Academy invited the public to join them in the fight against human trafficking and slavery. This three-day event provided education, training and networking opportunities needed to successfully lead an anti-human trafficking movement in all areas.
Since that Abolitionist Academy, we have worked to make Michigan's laws more effective in the fight against human trafficking. We have raised funds for a home in Thailand that welcomes child survivors of trafficking and restored the grave site of an early American abolitionist who continues to inspire us today. We instituted a new class at Adrian College, "Human Trafficking: Reality and Response." We have made presentations in Washington, D.C. before White House staff and other government leaders.We have taken our message to the streets in parades and educational events. You can be an abolitionist, too!
Students from Adrian College were featured at and closed the "Historians Against Slavery" conference at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on September 21. Their participation was highlighted in a Daily Telegram article. More information can be found here. The students who presented at the event were Sarah Buggia, Lee Schriber, Madeline Thomas, Madeline Fox and Carolyn Wirtz.
Chaplain Momany on the students at the event:
[On] Saturday, Sept. 21, I was privileged to see five of our students present to a national professional conference of historians and other specialists regarding their anti-trafficking work. ... During the two-day conference, our students were the only undergraduate people to present, and they brought the house down. They began with a minimalist 5-minute segment of audio and voice recordings of AC students offering multiple reasons for why they are involved in our movement. Then the students shared an engaging interpretation of their work and plans for the future. They closed with their "Not for Sale" video (see below) and received a host of questions. Every professional person present was deeply moved. I am very proud of them and hope you will seek them out to offer congratulation. This was a first-ever conference of exceedingly well respected academic people from around the country, and they will never forget the day they heard from Adrian College.
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