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Hello IJM!

 I have 3 worthwhile events to inform you about. I’d love for each of you to get involved with any of them that interests you, or not (stretch yourself), and that your schedule allows for, or not (stretch yourself). Justice really should be our lifestyle, not limited to given event…but I digress, ok, here we go in chronological order:


THIS FRIDAY, October 28th. New Life Providence (1224 Thompkins Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. 7:00pm:

Screening of “58: Fast-forward the End of Poverty: WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED. WILL WE DO EVERYTHING IT TAKES?”

58: is the inspiring true story of the global Church in action. Witness bravery and determined faith in a journey from the slums of Kenya to the streets of New York. Confront the brutality of extreme poverty and meet those who live out the True Fast of Isaiah 58 and create stunning new possibilities for the future.Travel from the sun-scorched plains of rural Ethiopia to British shopping centers, from Brazilian ganglands and the enslaving quarries of India to western churches, businesses and conferences.

58: invites audiences to discover the incredible work of God through His people in our hurting world. Meet ordinary people, hear their stories, and see their struggles and their victories as 58: shows the relentlessly loving God at work through His Church bringing hope to the darkest challenges of our day. Experience eye-opening reasons to lift our expectations of the future. Check out the trailer:


*Be the solution: If you would like to volunteer for this event and personally insert yourself in this event, let me know what works for you:

  • Promo: THIS WEEK! If you want flyers…let me know
  • Set up: 5:30pm
  • Greeters: 5:30pm
  • Coffee Servers: 5:30pm & 8:30pm (before and after event. You may choose to do before OR after).
  • Tear down: 9:00pm


Tuesday, November 1st. Library Plaza.11:00am-3:00pm:

Slavery Demonstration.

Picture with me… in the middle of the Plaza will be an IJM table with information about trafficking, the IJM bracelets to sell, and jars labeled with numbers. The numbers correspond to victims tied to trees and lamp posts around the plaza, each with a sign designating their price of freedom and the significance of that number (ie: $3: the average cost to rent a girl for an hour/ $27: There are 27 million documented slaves in the world today) etc. People will give money into whatever jar they choose and if their donation buys the price of someone’s freedom, they are given an IJM bracelet and get to free the “slave”…only for the “slave” to be sold again.


*Be the solution: There’s a couple ways to get involved

  • Get the word out!
  • Set up help (11:00am)
  • Volunteer to be a slave for ½ hour-1 hour between the time of 11:30am-3:00pm (you tell me when works for you)
  • Help co-host the IJM table for ½ hour-1 hour between the time of 11:30am-3:00pm (you tell me when works for you)
  • Tear down help (3:00pm)


Friday, November 4th. Summit Christian Academy (4209 Big Bethel Road, Yorktown, Virginia 23693). 6:30pm.

Justice Rally.

Night of prayer and worship lead by Livingstone House of Prayer. Fashion for sale by “Elegantees”.

Check it out: Livingstone House of Prayer:



*Be the solution: If you would like to help sell Elegantees at the event, let me know. The biggest thing you can do is come. Engage. Hear the Lord’s heart. Obey what He tells you. Intercede for the victims (both traffickers and trafficked persons alike).


Thanks for reading! Look forward to hearing from you soon !



Fashion Fights Back!

Posted on 07 April 2011.

A Behind the Scenes Look at the Show Stopping Sex Trafficking Dead in its Tracks


It’s not often you can say you spent the weekend walking in a fashion show while simultaneously helping to stop human sex trafficking.

But that’s exactly what I was able to do with over a dozen young women at Regent University as we walked the runway for the International Justice Mission’s “Fashion Fights Back” event.

Everything I modeled from my head to my toes was helping free a girl from sex slavery. It was a liberating experience when I first stepped into the flashing lights, my head held high, knowing that as I marched down the runway, I was stomping out injustice

On the runway, we each modeled clothing from the beautiful and modest Elegantees line – the marriage of elegant and tees – by designer Katie Behnke who began her line in 2010.

Behnke’s clothing line was very light and comfortable enough to wear every day. However, their vibrant colors and designs make them versatile enough to be paired with heels for a night out on the town.

With this being Behnke’s first year in business, she is still working toward her goal of putting 100 percent of the clothing proceeds toward fighting against human sex trafficking. She plans to provide future employment for women who have been rescued from the sex trade, offering them a fresh start by learning a new skill.

Shoes from Shoe Revolt, a company that resells donated shoes, were also featured in the show.  Shoe Revolt uses the profits of its business to provide housing and rescue shelters for victims of the sex trade, as well as educational scholarships.

For a closer look at this event, watch the behind the scenes video footage of what it felt like being a model in this night of entertainment worth fighting for.

Regent IJM recently toured the IJM Headquarters in Washington D.C.

IJM Regent recently toured IJM Headquarters in DC.

Gary Haugen, founder of IJM.


Patrick, our Life Group Leader.

Beth, our Secretary.




Jen, our Volunteer Coordinator.

Stephanie, our President.

Many are a part of the movement. Are you?


Regent Students Lobby against human trafficking in Richmond, Va.


The IJM Regent Chapter teamed up with The Richmond Justice Initiative and other abolitionist to lobby against human trafficking in the Richmond area.

On Wednesday February 29th, students gathered for the Virginia lobby day to end human trafficking. A press conference took place in the commonwealth capital building addressing human trafficking legislation. Advocates met with legislators to discuss the problem with sex and labor trafficking in Virginia. Many do not know this problem still exist and northern Virginia is a hot spot for sex trafficking. (

There were many bills being discussed such as: The Victim Service Plan to provide services such as healthcare, education, job training, and legal services.  This bill would get the Department of Human Services more involved by developing a plan to help identify the victims of human trafficking.

Some of the other bills include a posting of a national human trafficking hotline and the expunging of criminal records for victims.  Currently, there are nine pending bills related to trafficking.

Regent IJM has also recently visited the International Justice Mission headquarters in Washington D.C and soon will be holding a fashion show to raise money for human trafficking awareness.  While visiting the IJM headquarters, students met the Founder of IJM, Gary Haugen, and attended the IJM prayer time.  In this prayer time updates were given from all over the world on findings of human trafficking from their 14 field offices.

While touring the headquarters IJM Regent learned vital information to bring back to the chapter. “World changers begin by making an impact right where they are.  They follow their passions and pour themselves out for something greater. At IJM, we often talk about how students are key agents of change (otherwise known as world changers),”said Jaclyn Lesch, the Student Ministries Program Manager. She also gave steps on how to get involved from where you are:

Call on President Obama to help end modern-day slavery.  We are asking 25,000 people to lend their voices to this initiative in an effort to influence the President’s budget and policy goals related to human trafficking.

If you have an iphone or Droid, download the IJM Mobile app!  It will take you closer to the frontlines of our work than ever before.

Register to attend the Global Prayer Gathering 2011. This event is the best opportunity to go deeper with the work of IJM. The GPG (April 8-10, 2011) brings together staff and friends of IJM from all over the world for a time of seeking God and seeking justice for victims of oppression.  You can also sign up for the 2-day conference right before the GPG just for college students!

Support the work of IJM and bring rescue to the oppressed around the world by signing up to be a student Freedom Partner.

For more information on what IJM is and does go to

Get involved, Stand up and speak out against injustice.


Regent Chapter of IJM to Advocate Nationally.

By Elizabeth Heiss

December 16, 2010

Abolitionist William Wilberforce once said, “We can no longer plead ignorance … for [slavery] is now brought directly before our eyes.” Speaking at Regent University on Wednesday, Dec. 8, Michelle Rickert brought the realities of human trafficking laws before the eyes of a group of students, emphasizing the need for education and action to end human trafficking.

Rickert’s presentation was part of Human Rights Week sponsored by the Regent chapter of the International Justice Mission (IJM).

In her speech, Rickert attacked common myths associated with human trafficking. One common myth, she said, is that people believe if there are federal laws in the United States that there is no need for state laws. “We need strong laws. State laws are a resource,” she said. “State laws can fill gaps in federal law, lead to victim identification through awareness, encourage the training of law enforcement and catalyze community awareness.” (more…)

The Virginian-Pilot
© March 25, 2010

By Jaedda Armstrong


About a dozen Regent University students sat still on the campus library stairs Wednesday, their mouths covered by red tape.

As the students stared blankly, the words written on the tape were loud and clear. Hate. Force. Injustice.

The silent demonstration was one of many events used to bring awareness to human trafficking and other forms of modern-day slavery during International Justice Week.

“These students represent the people who can’t speak for themselves,” said Stephanie Johnson, an organizational leadership student and president of the International Justice Mission at Regent, the group that is sponsoring the week long event.

The average cost of a slave is $90, Johnson said, and about half of trafficking victims are younger than 18.

“Sex slavery, bondage slavery and child slavery still exist in America today,” she said. “It affects every race and class, and it happens right here in Hampton Roads.”

As classes let out, students passing the demonstration whispered and pointed. Others walked over to ask questions and donate money to the chapter fund.

Other activities for the week include a justice Bible study and a candlelight vigil. On Saturday, the students will host a 5K race and a concert featuring the university’s gospel choir and a Christian rap artist. All events are open to the public.

As students headed back to class, the group stayed put. Even though the hot sun beamed on their faces, they planned to stay a few more hours.

“We just hope people will look at us and ask questions,” said Nicole Tutrani, a government major and the organization’s vice president. “A lot of people still think slavery ended with the Civil War.”

Jaedda Armstrong, (757) 222-5846,

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