By Kelsey Stewart, News Editor
Nearly 30 students raised awareness of the 27 million people in slavery worldwide on March 13.
“We’re standing for 27 hours for the 27 million slaves in the world,” said Ransom Wentworth, one of the event’s organizers and a UNO senior.
Students from UNO and area churches and ministry groups joined Stand For Freedom, a national movement organized by the International Justice Mission. University groups across the nation stood to raise awareness of slavery in the world.
In addition to taking a stand, they also raised money and got signatures for a petition. The group’s goal was to raise $2,700 and get 1,000 signatures, said Michelle Dugger.
The petition asks President Barack Obama to use his second term to “confront and eradicate modern slavery at home and abroad.”
Dugger, a senior psychology major, is prepared to come across the issue in her future. In the meantime, Dugger said, she wants to get involved and learn as much about the issue as she can.
As a criminal justice major, the topic of slavery will come up in Wentworth’s future career, too. He wants to do work with human trafficking.
“There is no doubt that more people know about this horrific issue in our world today because of our efforts,” Wentworth said.
The group ended up receiving nearly 750 signatures.
“I was very surprised and impressed with the response that we received from the student body at UNO,” Wentworth said. “Everyone that took the time to ask questions and hear about what was going on was very responsive and wanted to take a stand for freedom.”