Polaris Project

Something that I am very passionate about is the fight against human trafficking.  Living in Cincinnati has made me very proud of the heritage this city has with the fight to end slavery in the United States back during Civil War time.  But now, a new kind of slavery exists that stretches across nation borders and discriminates against no one.  My favorite abolitionist organization is the Polaris Project.  I have it listed in my blogroll, but I want to highlight it for you in a post.  Check out their stuff:

Polaris Project’s vision is for a world without slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves towards freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project has been providing a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002.
 
Polaris Project is one of the largest anti-trafficking organizations in the United States and Japan, with programs operating at international, national and local levels through our offices in Washington, DC; Newark, NJ; and Tokyo, Japan.  Polaris Project is one of the few organizations working on all forms of trafficking and serving both citizen and foreign national victims of human trafficking.
 
Polaris Project’s comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking includes  conducting direct outreach and victim identification, providing social services and transitional housing to victims, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) serving as the central national hotline on human trafficking, advocating for stronger state and Federal anti-trafficking legislation, and engaging community members in local and national grassroots efforts.
 
Since its founding, Polaris Project has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for its achievements including: Ashoka Innovators for the Public, Marie Claire’s 10 Best Charities, the 2006 Justice for Victims of Crime Award given by the Department of Justice, the DO Something BRICK award, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Award 2004, and honors from Lifetime Television, Body Shop, and CNN. 
Check out more of their info at:  http://polarisproject.org.

*Grin

I’m going to human trafficking information conference tomorrow!  I’m super-jazzed about it!!!!!!   Ahh!!!

Ok…but seriously…how amazing is God?  Silly question, but my reasoning:

I just finished reading “Not For Sale.” – a book that details the global slave trade.  It has touched my heartstrings and inspired me to get involved in the fight against human trafficking.  But not only that, throughout my life, I’ve always been one to jump up for the underdog…the one being treated poorly by someone else.  I was the kid who beat up the bullies at the bus stop for beating the younger kids. 

God eventually wooed my heart towards the mission field.  I have becoming increasingly interested in China, but have a desire to work in any part of Asia at this point.  Starting in my junior year of high school, I began meeting people who felt they could confide in me about sexual abuse they had experienced at young ages.  My heart broke and I questioned God’s reasoning for bringing this pain into my life…but now I believe I’m witnessing the reasoning.  I have a passion for languages, and in the vocation of teaching English as a Second Language for free, I will be able to gain a foothold into the international community, here in my own hometown.  With that, I can have a hands-on experience in fighting for those held in bondage.  And not just bondage brought on by other human beings, but the bondage of a sinner, lost from the arms of Christ. 

“Praise God! He’s got a plan, understanding isn’t my place.” – in the words of Sanctus Real