Young Adults to Do Battle Against Human Trafficking

May 09, 2008

Register for 2008 Forum in Washington, D.C. by Friday

Christian young adults, ages 18-35, have just a few days to register for the Young Adult Ecumenical Forum 2008, being hosted by Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. June 12-15. The deadline to register is Friday, May 16.


The purpose of YAEF 2008 is to educate and call to action an ecumenical network of young adults on the issues of human trafficking and slavery, occurring both internationally and at home. Through education, prayer, worship, and advocacy, participants will learn how to fight this evil.


Sustained regional leadership and action are key elements of YAEF 2008 and there will be unique opportunities in our nation's capital.


Participants first will learn about the specific problems related to slavery and human trafficking – which can be taking place much nearer home than one would think. They will hear from the Polaris Project, an international advocacy and training organization that fights slavery at the community level, as well as from other invited guests from affected communities. In regional groups, participants will develop more effective strategies to expose these issues and set the captives free.


And by meeting with denominational lobbying offices, the young adults will increase their impact and learn how to most effectively communicate with the governments, corporations, and other organizations that can put an end to human trafficking. Participants will leave with new contacts and resources that will equip them to take on leadership roles within their own community and continue action at the local level after the forum ends.


Housing will be provided participants at American University, located near Wesley. Registration fee of $125 includes meals as well as lodging. Register on line at For more information contact the Rev. Motoe Yamada at San Jose, Wesley UMC,


Heed the Christian call to "bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners" (Isaiah 61:1, NRSV) – sign up for YAEF 2008 by the Friday, May 16 deadline!