Author: Hannah Hanover
Date: March 7, 2013
Categories: Campus Life|Impact|Intercultural Studies|Spiritual Life

Houghton students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to the International Justice Mission’s 27-hour Stand for Freedom event, lasting from Friday, March 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

The event will occur centrally in the Van Dyk lounge, though participants will raise awareness by walking around campus throughout the 27 hours.

The purpose of the event is to learn and teach others the current realities of human trafficking and slavery and seek its cessation by becoming a visible representative, for 27 hours, for those who cannot represent themselves.

“The goal is to raise $500 to donate directly to IJM and the global prayer movement in their work against human trafficking,” says Mary Strand ’15, event co-leader.

Connor Vogan '15, an event co-leader, stresses, "It's not enough to simply be aware of slavery.”

Documentary viewings, fact-sharing, community worship, and prayer are some of the activities marking the stand. Those wishing to stand for any length of time, hold a sign, or participate are encouraged to do so throughout the 27- hour period. Free t-shirts will be available with a suggested donation of $5.

The stand seeks tangible change in our world, not just awareness. “We will feature a petition addressed to President Obama requesting him to follow through with last year's executive order by providing a comprehensive plan designed to eradicate slavery,” says Strand.

The IJM works to rescue the sexually exploited, enslaved, and violently oppressed. The agency is composed of lawyers, investigators, and professionals who work to rescue and care for the exploited and ensure legal justice is demanded and carried out for the protection of underprivileged members of society. IJM works throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America seeking legal results to illegal and unjust situations.  IJM’s 27-hour Stand for Freedom is a nationwide event.  

Remarks Vogan, “We're so excited about this opportunity we have to use resources available right now to support the International Justice Mission and the global prayer movement in their work against human trafficking.”

For more information on the 27- hour Stand for Freedom movement, visit IJM’s event webpage at

Or the campus event facebook page at

or contact co-leader Becca Booth at