New club at AU advocates for victims of human trafficking

Tue, 2011-03-29 07:55 -- univcomm
March 29, 2011

A new student-led organization at Anderson University was formed recently to advocate on behalf of victims of human trafficking. The group, known as BOUND, seeks to raise awareness about human trafficking through activities such as chapel, documentaries, role-playing, volunteering, and fundraising.

bound1The group's name draws from the Book of Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” (Isaiah 61:1, ESV)

[Photo: AU freshman Alissa Cain spends time with young girls and women at the Rapha House in Cambodia.]

BOUND is currently working with several well-established nonprofit organizations around the world such as Rapha House, End Human Trafficking, the Partnership for the Eradication of Human Trafficking, and Not for Sale. Each of these organizations has the hope and desire to free victims of injustice.

“Not for Sale came to chapel last semester and my eyes were opened to this issue of injustice,” said sophomore Gretchen Livingston, who is majoring in Spanish, French, and international education. “I knew this was what God was calling me to do.”

Student leaders of BOUND include Livingston, freshman nursing major Alissa Cain, sophomore marketing major Courtney Hoyle, and sophomore English major Julia Little.

bound2“Sex trafficking involves pure, innocent people,” said junior marketing major Tyler Halterman, who is leading BOUND’s social media effort. “These men and woman did not ask for this, nor did they do anything wrong to deserve such disrespect. These people are being preyed upon and completely victimized.”

[Photo: AU students gather for a BOUND meeting in February. Credit: Stefanie Vinsel]

Last fall BOUND hosted a dodge ball tournament to raise money for Rapha House. “More teams signed up than we expected,” said junior social work major Daweed Chung. “The cost was just $2 per person to play. It might be a small amount of money, but every little bit helps.” The Dativus social club also partnered with BOUND during the fall to raise an additional $250 toward a sewing machine fund for Rapha House.

Students are also using their class work to advance their efforts in BOUND. The group’s social media effort is part of a project for a class in the Falls School of Business. To follow BOUND's social media presence, click the following links:

— Lydia Smith is a senior from Indianapolis, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in peace and conflict transformation. Smith is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.