The LAST IJM Action Meeting of the year will be next Wednesday, April 25th from 5:30-6:30pm in Robertson Hall 106.

 We are going to vote on the new Exec Board Members for 2012-2013. The positions open are as follows:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

If you would like to add your name to be voted on for a specific position, please bring the attached form with you to use as a “notecard” from which you will speak briefly about why you would like to be chosen for the position.

IJM Exec Board Application

Looking forward to seeing you all! What a great year it has been!
Beth

IJM March Action Meeting

Posted: March 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hello IJM!

Our March Action Meeting was awesome and we’re really excited as we come up to a week of justice events leading up to the Fashion Show in April! So… calendars/phones/planners out and ready? Here comes some important dates you won’t want to miss: 

  1. Model Try-outs: (Guys & Girls welcome). Girls bring a pair of flats AND heels. Guys bring a pair of non-athletic shoes. (If you’d wear it working out, leave it at the gym :p) Library Balcony. Come to EITHER of the following (no need for both unless you’d really like to strut your stuff)
    1. a.   Saturday, March 10th (yup, this Saturday) from 2-4pm
    2. b.   Wednesday, March 14th 4-7pm

*You will be notified one way or another if you made it or not on Monday, March 19th.

  1. Model Training: Saturday, March 31st. 4-7pm. Library Balcony. This training is mandatory. Please and thank you
  2. Tuesday, April 10th: Tom’s Shoes’ “One Day Without Shoes” as a way to advocate for children who do not own a pair of shoes. http://www.onedaywithoutshoes.com/splash I will be going for a pedicure on April 9th if anyone would care to join hehe
  3. Wednesday, April 11th: Push Against Slavery. A group of guys will be working out on the Library Plaza from 9am-5pm to show the brutality of forced slave labor. Stop by to donate to the cause, get some information, do a few sit ups, and cheer on these amazing men!
  4. Thursday, April 12th: Coffee For A Cause (cooler name to come… don’t judge ;)). In the Ordinary, after UnChapel. 10-midnight! If you would like to perform a poem, song, interpretive dance, mime, group song, etc. please email ijm@regent.edu by Friday, April 6th
  5. Saturday, April 14th: Fashion Fights Back. 7-8:30pm in the Library Atrium. If you would like to volunteer for set up, during, or after the show, please email ijm@regent.edu

Thanks for reading! As always, if you have questions or would like to be removed from our email list, please don’t hesitate to email me back.

Beth

Hey IJM!

Our February Action Meeting was really cool, exciting things happening in Costa Rica through Love & Scissors and testimony of South African spotter coming to Christ and now devoting his life to protecting girls to prevent them from entering the sex trade. Here are some events to keep on your radar:

  1. THIS SATURDAY, February 18th at Bean There Coffeehouse in downtown Norfolk, 5:30-8:00pm Love & Scissors is putting on a benefit show before these two hair stylists go back to Costa Rica and teach girls coming out of prostitution how to cut hair and make a living that doesn’t involve selling their bodies. For more information about Love & Scissors, check out their website: http://www.loveandscissors.com/. For more information on the event, check it out on FB: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/247106598701752/

 

 

 

2.   NEXT SUNDAY, February 26th at New Covenant Church in Hampton from 6:30-8:00pm there will be a screening of “Sex & Money”. Trailer here: http://sexandmoneyfilm.com/. If you would like to carpool from Regent, email ijm@regent.edu. Indicate if you are willing to drive (and collect gas money) or if you need a ride (and are willing to contribute gas money).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.   April 14th: Fashion Show! We need to formulate a committee to get this up and running. Thank you to all those who have signed up. If you would like to be a part, please email ijm@regent.edu.

 Have a wonderful week!

Beth

 

This week’s IJM meeting taught me a great lesson and one that I will never forget. Jen had brought up in the meeting that there was a great opportunity for those interested in missions to be able to go to a missions trip to Mexico that would be paid in full. I immediately raised my hand because missions is something that I definitely want to do. She told those who were interested in going to follow Beth outside so we could get more information on the trip. I thought it was kind of weird that we were leaving the room to get information when we would usually sign up to have an email sent to us or sign up for it on the sign-up sheet. What happened next confused me because we were not given information on the mission trip but a piece of red duct tape to put on our lips and a sticker that said, “Trafficked”. We had unknowingly been tricked to believe that we were actually going on a missions trip paid in full; instead, we were tricked and became victims of sex trafficking. At that moment, I felt used, dumb, and disappointed that I fell for something like that. How could I not have seen this coming? For one, I really wanted to go on that missions trip to Mexico but this demo allowed me to be in the place of other girls that also fell victim to a false ad. This could have happened to anyone and has happened to so many girls. It is so easy to fall victim to ads or find comfort in a great opportunity and soon be taken advantage of and subjected to a fate in sex trafficking. Although we were able to return to the room and take off the duct tape and sticker, for many other girls, they aren’t able to leave and return to their homes. This quick demonstration definitely opened my eyes and made me realize how careful I should be. All of us should take the time to research information and not just take someone’s word. I am thankful for Jen and Beth and anyone else that came up this idea because it was a valuable lesson to learn and one that I will not forget.

Christine Rutherford

 

 

Photo Credit: Brandon Cordon

Hey All!

Awesome meeting yesterday! So great to see all of you who were able to come out. I’ve attached the minutes and the PowerPoint to keep you up to date and have a handy reference. November Action Meeting PPT

 We have two important dates coming up:

  • December 1st: World Aids Day
  • December 10th: International Human Rights Day 

We need to bring the realities of these two issues to the Regent campus and surrounding Hampton Roads area so whether you have been coming or would like to plug in for one/both of these events, we are going to have an Events Action Team meeting to brainstorm ideas on Thursday, November 9th from 12-1pm on the 2nd floor of the Ordinary. Hope to see you there !

Beth Seremet

Secretary

Regent University: IJM Chapter

What is sex trafficking?

Sex trafficking is modern day slavery in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion.  It is estimated that just over 50% of the victims of sex trafficking are minors. The average age of entry in the trade is 12-14 years old.  The average victim trafficked is forced to service between 20-40 clients per day.

Sex trafficking is present in many countries all over the world, as well as in all 50 states.  It is very difficult to give an accurate number of people currently enslaved in the world; The estimated number is 27 million people worldwide. It has been published that every 30 seconds a person is trafficked worldwide.

Although the majority of people trafficked are women and children, there is no consistent face of a victim. This happens to people of all different social statuses, classes, and nationalities.

There is also no consistent face of a trafficker. There is a wide range of operations in trafficking. This includes, individual pimps, small ring operations, even large business like operations.  Most often, they are loose knit decentralized criminal networks.

There are many ways in which a person is trafficked. Traffickers recruit women and children through a variety of deceptive means. One typical situation is promises of employment to people in less than favorable life situations. This happens here in the United States and overseas. Most frequently in the U.S the victims are teen runaways or illegal immigrants. Overseas, the victim is typically a person who is desperate to provide for their family. They are transported to another country, promised a job and all identification documents are taken from them. The perpetrators prey on people in vulnerable life situations and sometimes take months to gain the trust of the victim. Usually, they pose as a love interest, other times befriending them.

Who is doing something about it?

The current federal law in place again trafficking is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. It was originally introduced in 2000 but has been reauthorized with modifications in 2002 and 2005. It has reintroduced for 2011 and on October 13, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the TVPRA by a vote of 12-6. The Senate bill is now ready to be voted on by the full Senate.  This law authorizes the annual Trafficking in person report and established a global minimum stand of confronting trafficking.  In this U.S the TVPRA established trafficking as a federal crime. This act also requires assistance be provided for victims and visa protection be granted for victims trafficked across international borders.

Each state has different laws, for Virginia in specific there are no laws that are specific regarding trafficking. There is a statue for abduction and in 2010 that statue was expanded. The expansion included abduction for the purpose of subjecting the person to forced labor or services and raising penalties for pimping.

House Bill 1898 passed in 2011, changing the penalty for any person who abducts a minor with the purpose of prostitution or manufacturing porn to a class 2 felony. The bill also provides that any person who receives any money on account of causing any person to engage in forced labor, prostitution, or the manufacture of child pornography is guilty of a Class 4 felony.

HB 2190 also passed in 2011. This bill is for victims of trafficking to received services from the department of social services. This would require that the commonwealth DSS would provide service for the victims to which they may be entitled to.  This bill also require that education and training programs be made to increase awareness of trafficking and services available to victims.  Also, this bill provides assistance for victims to return to their place of origin if they desire.

What can you do about it?

Step 1: Prayer. Gather a group of friends, church groups, or even individuals. We all know the powerful impact of prayer. The victims need prayer for hope and restoration. A big need is also prayer for the “johns” and their spiritual healing. After all, we know this is a spiritual battle.

Step 2: Awareness. There are many organizations that are in need of your help. Each of us have a gift from God and it is important that we use that good to fight in this battle against injustice.

Step 3: Giving.  We all have something to give; this could me prayer, hope,  time to volunteer, or monetary gifts.

There have been great strides in the past few years to the problem of human trafficking in Virginia, but there is still much progress to be made. There are many grassroots organizations in need of community assistance and volunteers.

If you would like to get further involved in this cause or want to learn more, please contact:

Regent University International Justice Mission

-IJM meets monthly to raise awareness and educate the community of the problem and how to be a part of solution. This includes students and citizens of Hampton Roads.

ijm@regent.edu

Jen Wakefield

Regent IJM President