This summer, the World Cup will be held in Moscow, Russia--a place already infamous for human rights violations. Russia is reported as a tier 3 country on the Trafficking in Persons Report, published by the State Department, because it does not even meet the minimum standards for making efforts to combat human trafficking within its borders through policy, prosecution, and victim protection.
Thankfully, numerous non-government organizations have taken it upon themselves to help eradicate this plague. I have been accepted to participate in a project put on by Exodus Cry partnered with the International House of Prayer and Lublue Russia. I will join a team of 26 other abolitionists in Russia during the World Cup for three weeks (June 25th-July 16th). We will be doing daily outreach to the red-light districts, orphanages, airport security, and in numerous other ways. In addition, we will carry this burden in a 24/7 prayer room where we will each spend 6 hours a day. First, we each need to raise money for flights, room, and board.
Over the past couple of years, combating human trafficking has been established as my path. Last year I attended an Abolitionist Plunge in Columbus, Ohio where I first confronted the issue and was only confirmed in my sense of purpose. I spent my senior year at Hillsdale College researching and assessing human trafficking in the United States for my senior project. Currently, I am an active member of the Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force and continue to closely study the issue. This trip is not whimsical--it is not just something to do this summer. This is my passion. And I will continue to pursue it, but I need help.
The money raised will go toward the cost of travel, food, and my living situation. I will transfer the money to a savings account specifically designated for this purpose. Any extra money I raise will be donated to the local organizations we will partner with in Russia.
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