UMW: Let’s Intercept the Traffickers!

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Members of Seattle's First United Methodist Church huddle together. Photo by Elizabeth Blanton.

By Elizabeth Blanton & Cary Lee | Seattle First United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Women (UMW) are huddling together to bring awareness to human trafficking in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, and they have asked United Methodist groups to participate virtually by submitting photos of Sunday School classes, congregations, and committees in huddles for a photo campaign called “Intercept the Traffickers.”

intercept3002014This campaign is part of the UMW’s ongoing effort to stop labor and sex trafficking. Susie Johnson of the UMW Washington Office of Public Policy states that “human trafficking is a crime. United Methodist Women from across the nation have joined this sacred mission by taking a stand to prevent, protect and prosecute those impacted by this trade in human beings that occurs everywhere in the world.”

Our “Intercept The Traffickers” photos will be a powerful part of a virtual huddle around the University of Phoenix stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. First United Methodist Church of Seattle is throwing support behind the photo campaign. Will you join us?

Consider taking some time in worship, community groups, or committee meetings over the next two weeks to explain the cause and take a picture of members of your congregation huddled together to intercept human trafficking.

Information, bulletin inserts, and directions for making your photos part of the UMW virtual campaign can be found here.

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