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University dedicates week to address human trafficking

ORU will host “[Re]claim” from Nov. 8-11.  This anti-human trafficking event will attempt to inform and combat the number one international issue plaguing today’s society; human trafficking.

This event got its beginnings after President William M. Wilson challenged the Christian Worldview Committee to work on events and meetings targeted toward addressing this global issue.

Assistant Professor of International Relations Dr. Ruby Libertus will organize the event with international relations students and Operation Mobilization.

“We will [also] be collaborating with Dr. Clarence Boyd’s office and Spiritual Life formation, clubs such as Global U and Social Justice, and academic departments such as behavioral science, to show how different majors play a part in educating students on how to combat this pervasive, highly profitable problem,” said Libertus.

This event will include guest speakers who are involved with anti-human trafficking organizations around the world and survivor testimonies.

To kick off the event, ORU alumnus and NGO Sower of Seeds Project member John Anthony will speak on the second floor of the Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center. Sower of Seeds, based in Keller, Texas, has produced mini-documentaries on their work rescuing women and girls that have been trafficked in India. They focus on rehabilitation.

Sunday’s events will include guest speaker Sarah Bowling. Bowling is the co-host of “Today with Marilyn and Sarah” with her mother Marilyn Hickey. She will discuss her non-profit, Saving Moses and the work they do in Cambodia.

On Nov. 10, a panel of speakers, including ORU Provost Dr. Kathaleen Reid-Martinez, Momentum Global’s John DeYoung and representatives from Women’s Coalition, the Demand Project, Truckers Against Trafficking and the FBI will be assembled to discuss the epidemic.  This session will be moderated by Operation Mobilization member Danielle Disk and is specifically targeted toward making others aware.

Weather permitting, the conference will conclude with an outdoor concert, speakers from local and state government and the releasing of lanterns to recognize those who have been trafficked and the various countries affected by the issue of human trafficking.

This event will be free and open to to the public.

“We hope that the Mayor Dewey Bartlett will read a proclamation on a day of justice Nov. 12 in chapel,” said Dr. Libertus.

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