Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Students Create Series to Bring Attention
to Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery
Students from the University of Notre Dame’s ND8 and Inspire student clubs together with the Invisible Children student club from St. Mary’s College have banded together to create a month-long series of lectures, films, and other events to bring attention to the complex and pervasive problem of human trafficking and modern day slavery. The group also hopes to mobilize students around federal budget appropriations and to support passage of the Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act of 2011, currently in discussion in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The series kicks off on Thursday, November 3 with a screening of the documentary Tony by Invisible Children, an organization dedicated to ending the use of child soldiers by Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony’s rebel war. With the deployment by President Barack Obama of one hundred "combat-ready" troops to Central Africa to provide technical assistance to forces trying to counter, Kony, organizations like Invisible Children and Resolve, co-founded by Notre Dame alumni Michael Poffenberger, are beginning to have an impact on the crisis. The screening will take place at 7 p.m. in Andrews Auditorium in Geddes Hall.