Upper Room Helps Launch Modern-Day Abolition Movement

By | January 22, 2010

The Upper Room is joining the International Justice Mission in its fight to end the modern day slave trade.

On Friday, January 29 at 7:30pm, The Upper Room  will bring today’s abolition movement to Squirrel Hill as part of International Justice Mission’s nationwide advocacy campaign on behalf of the world’s 27 million slaves. International Justice Mission (IJM) is a D.C.-based human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression in 13 countries in the developing world.

To raise awareness of the crisis of modern-day slavery, The Upper Room will host a public screening of At the End of Slavery, a powerful new 30-minute documentary produced by IJM that takes viewers into the dark and dangerous underworld of human trafficking, bringing into the light the reality of modern-day slavery – and solutions to end this trade for good.

The event is just one in a nationwide movement to educate communities on the reality of modern-day slavery and mobilize a response to this abuse by advocating for the passage of the Child Protection Compact Act – a bill currently under consideration in the U.S. congress that would authorize funding to protect the world’s most vulnerable children from slavery. Thousands of people across the nation will view At the End of Slavery, participate in discussion groups and write their senators and representatives with one goal: the global abolition of modern-day slavery.

Hosting this event expresses the heart of the Upper Room’s ministry of the gospel. We worship Christ, who was sent, and sends us, to proclaim freedom to the captives and oppressed in our world.

At the End of Slavery  includes first-person testimony from former slaves and undercover footage from police operations to rescue children from brothels. Law enforcement success in finding and rescuing victims, and prosecuting perpetrators demonstrates the real possibility of ending the global trade in human beings. The film features narration by Danny Glover and music by Johnny Cash and Moby, first-person interviews with freed slaves and interviews with leading abolitionists and human rights experts.

We hope you’ll join us for this event. At the End of Slavery is an encouraging reminder that the great injustice of human trafficking can be ended, but it will take the contributions of us all to bring that day.

The Upper Room’s screening of At the End of Slavery will take place at The Upper Room’s location on 5828 Forward Ave., located in Squirrel Hill, next to the Squirrel Hill Theater.

To learn more about the film, please visit www.attheEndofSlavery.com.

To learn more about International Justice Mission, please visit www.IJM.org.