Although the devastation of human trafficking cannot be restored overnight, Live2Free has purposed to help in whatever way they can. Their hope is to bring awareness to both Vanguard and the greater Orange County school districts in order to equip students with the tools to stand up and fight against human trafficking.
“Education is the best way to ensure that young people are not lured into this industry, whether it be for sex or labor,” says Brittany Miller, President of Live2Free.
Every member of Live2Free is given the opportunity to learn from various expert speakers from both Vanguard University and those who are affiliated with non-profit representatives and government agencies. Once those apart of the club are educated, they are encouraged to share their knowledge at local high school presentations. Last year, Live2Free was able to spread awareness to over 1,120 high school and college aged students.
“Overall, our members benefit from exposure to social justice issues, and hands on experience be educating our community about the reality of modern day slavery,” comments Miller.
Live2Free was birthed from a program that Dr. Sandra Morgan, Director of Vanguard’s Global center for Women and Justice, started while doing anti-human trafficking work in Greece in a program called Lydia Today Foundation. Since then, the club has grown and evolved into an even more passionate and influential movement on campus.
“My hope for this year is to see more students of both gender get involved in anti-human trafficking efforts. I hope that everyone on Vanguard campus knows what Live2Free is and are aware of the opportunities that this club offers to make a difference on our campus and in our community,” says Miller.
In an effort to create a sure sense of unity among the community and the club members, Live2Free coordinates several events throughout the year including documentary screenings, participating in local walks for awareness, collecting supplies for gift bags for victims, and prayer and worship night for victims of human trafficking.
“We have a lot of fun together, and it’s a great way to build friendships with people of similar interest!” exclaims Miller.
On November 21st, Live2Free will be hosting the Solidarity Sleep-out in order to raise awareness for homeless youth. Club meetings are held every Monday at 10 am in Heath 106. It is not too late to get involved! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.