We're not Oprah, Bono, or Mother Teresa. We're not famous entertainers or elite athletes. We're JUST US - a local group of friends, families, colleagues, and neighbors.
We're ordinary people who've learned about extraordinary injustices suffered by our brothers and sisters around the world, at the brutal hands of violent oppressors.
And we care.
We could easily become overwhelmed and paralyzed by
the scope and depth of the problem:
~ 2 million young girls, as young as 8 years old, forced to “service” 20-30 men per day
~ 27 million modern-day slaves, owned and beaten by their wealthy masters
~ 25 thousand children dead, every day, from hunger
Rather than wrestling with WHY we choose to ask WHAT. WHAT can we do to make a difference? Here's our idea.
It’s not very original… in fact, it’s ancient. The answer is US, together in community, making a difference. No one can do everything necessary to solve a problem like this, but we can do something.
JUST US, ordinary people for justice - bringing what we have, heeding the call, loving our neighbors, serving, giving, raising awareness, joining those who are effectively winning battles on the front lines.
JUST US, ordinary people for justice - bringing good news
to the poor, binding up the brokenhearted, setting the captives free.
Today, millions of lives around the world are gripped by injustice. More children, women, and men are held in slavery right now than over the course of the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade. Millions toil in bondage, their work, and even their bodies, the property of an owner.
Human trafficking generates profits in excess of $12 billion per year for those who, by force and deception, sell human lives into slavery and sexual bondage. The AIDS pandemic continues to rage and the oppression of trafficking victims in the global sex trade contributes to the disease's spread.
In many countries around the world, pedophiles find that they can sexually violate children with impunity. Though the police should be protectors, in many nations, their presence is a source of insecurity for the poor.
The land rights of women are violated on a massive scale world wide, leaving widows and other women in vulnerable positions unable to care for themselves or their children. Around the world, women suffer the double indignity of rape and seeing their perpetrators face no consequences for crimes of sexual violence.
Often lacking access to the justice systems and unable to protect themselves or their families from those more powerful,
the poor overwhelmingly bear the burden of these injustices.
Twenty-seven million people are enslaved in human trafficking.
Human Trafficking is a $32 billion industry.
The selling of people is the second largest, and fastest growing, criminal industry in the world.
There are an estimated 17,500 people trafficked into the United States each year.
Of modern day slaves, 70% are women and 50% are children.
Every 30 seconds a girl is sold into sex slavery around the world.