Tuesday, January 5, 2010

30 Days of Justice: Not For Sale

3:57 AM
It's no secret that human trafficking is a burden on my heart. So there will be several organizations over the next 30 days that are fighting this modern-day slavery in our world in their own unique way. One of my favorite organizations is Not For Sale. After I read Gary Haugen's Terrify No More, I was looking for any and all books on the topic of human trafficking. The next one I ran across was Not For Sale by David Batstone. This book really opened my eyes to the depth of the crime. It was not limited to one geographic location, he recounted stories and facts from across the globe, even right here in the United States. I had no idea this was happening in our own country! I began to follow NFS online and found out about a Advocacy Event they were holding in Washington D.C. in the fall of 2008. I signed up to go and found myself surrounded by others who were fighting for this cause, just like me. I met David and caught his passion firsthand. We heard from other champions of the cause in country's capital. And then we were able to lobby to our own state's senators and congressmen about the reauthorization of legislation. And I finally felt like I was doing something. For so long the cause of human trafficking was something I read about and talked about, and now, with Not For Sale, I was doing something about it.

Not For Sale is based out of San Francisco, California. Their mission is to educate and equip abolitionists to go out and end modern-day slavery in their own backyard. Founder David Batstone has been traveling the country on a Backyard Abolitionists tour to educate college-students, church-goers, and activists how to recognize slavery in their city. The NFS collective challenge is simple: Stand with those who are enslaved, work together to free them, and empower them in their freedom to break the cycle of vulnerability. What abolitionists are combating is wide-ranging, deeply embedded, and largely invisible (how else could it exist in our own backyards?). A holistic, all-encompassing response is in order. Igniting and aiding this comprehensive response is the Not For Sale Campaign’s purpose. The Not For Sale website is loaded with resources for churches, college students, high school students, artists, athletes, and more. Anyone can fight injustice and slavery.

About the author

Joy Muldoon is a full-time missionary and part-time blogger. Read about her travels, adventures, and missions here!