Focusing on Freedom

Aug 14, 2019

To the Editor:

Everyone deserves to be free, but over 40 million people are trapped in slavery today. At the end of June, the U.S. State Department released the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The TIP Report sheds light on this hidden crime and ranks 187 countries, including the U.S., on their efforts to combat it.

As Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission, says, “Nothing happens just because we are aware of modern-day slavery, but nothing will ever happen until we are.”

With the truth out there for all to see, we can no longer look away. Our members of Congress have the chance to rise above the partisan bickering of the day and recommit themselves to protecting the integrity of the TIP Report and the American-led programs that help rescue slaves and put their perpetrators behind bars.

We’re counting on you, lawmakers, to use your voice and tip the scales toward justice. If we can summon sufficient political courage, we can end slavery in our lifetime.

Freedom Sunday, a day when churches all over the world join to raise awareness of the problem, will be celebrated at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Beach Haven on Sept. 22. We invite everyone with an interest in justice to join us. The service will be at 9:30 a.m., followed by a short video presentation and discussion in our parish hall. Coffee and a light lunch will be served.

Gail South



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