This Thursday, Pepperdine University will bring together faith and community leaders for a conversation about the role of the faith community in leading the movement to end modern day slavery.
Dr. Rajiv Shah, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will announce the launch of ChallengeSlavery.org, a USAID initiative aimed at tapping the collective power of college students and faith-based organizations to combat modern day slavery. The event will also feature a panel discussion with experts from Google Ideas, International Justice Mission and Not For Sale.
Join us at the event!
Date: October 11, 2012
Launch Event: 4:00-5:30 p.m., Elkins Auditorium, Pepperdine University
More about ChallengeSlavery.org
Responding to the President’s call to action at the Clinton Global Initiative, USAID will launch it’s Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Campus Challenge on October 11th at Pepperdine University. The intent of the challenge, designed in three phases, is to increase global awareness about trafficking and inspire activism among students and scholars at colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. From October 11th to November 28th, we will build a community of students on challengeslavery.org, who will have opportunities to participate in discussion groups on various trafficking subtopics, host online conversations, and crowd source issues that will frame the problems solvers will be asked to address in the next phase. The contest phase, from November 28th to January 8th, will be open for applications from U.S. and international students proposing innovative technological solutions to advance TIP prevention and protection. From January 9th to 30th, the challengeslavery.org community will be invited to rate the proposals and provide suggestions on how submissions can be improved. On February 1st, USAID will announce the semi-finalists and in the following three weeks, semi-finalist proposals will be judged by an expert CTIP and technologist panel. The winners will be announced at the end of February, receive a monetary prize, and be invited to share their proposals with donors, CTIP and technology professionals. USAID and its partners, MTV Exit, Free the Slaves, and Not for Sale view this as an important effort in growing a truly global movement to combat modern day slavery. As the President said, “our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time…. The change we seek will not come easy, but we can draw strength from the movements of the past.”