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Human trafficking awareness week at Tabor College April 4-12

March 13, 2014

Categories: General News

The Tabor College Social Work Club and other supporters are excited to be joining the fight towards ending human trafficking and bringing awareness to this issue. The week of April 4-12 will be dedicated to human trafficking and its repercussions. All week long there will be events taking place to involve the Tabor College faculty, staff and students.

According to the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, between 2011 and 2012, there were 70 reported cases of human trafficking in the state. In 2012, 1,047 children in Kansas were abused in their own home and 3,198 foster children ran away from home due to sexual abuse.

Tabor College social work program director, Lara Vanderhoof says that, “Students of Tabor College’s Social Work Club developed a focused passion to bring about awareness and change on behalf of those who have been violated. We all have a part to play in ending modern-day slavery.”

Several people from the Set Free Movement will be coming to campus and speaking to students. The Set Free Movement is an organization that encourages holistic freedom and seeks to create new futures for survivors and those vulnerable to modern slavery. This organization was founded to help bring awareness to human trafficking and advocate for those involved.

Tabor College students see why this is an important topic to discuss publicly.

Hannah Holmes, a junior, says, “It’s important to bring awareness to the issue. Here on the campus it’s important for college students to be aware of these issues. Once we have an understanding of these issues we can move toward justice and equality and ending human trafficking.”

Here is a list of events for the week of April 4-12:

  • Friday, April 4 – Christian music concert at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, featuring The Afters and Kyle Sherman. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and concert starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at ilivelove.org.
  • Tuesday, April 8 – Chapel speaker for Tabor College students will be Kevin Austin with the Set Free Movement at 11:00 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 8 – Human Trafficking Awareness Panel at Tabor’s Chapel in the H.W. Lohrenz building on Tabor’s campus from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.