Churches, Communities Host 'Weekend to End Slavery'

Americans and others around the world are hosting house parties and local screenings this weekend in a movement to help end modern day slavery.

The Weekend to End Slavery, led by International Justice Mission, is aimed at educating communities about the injustice of slavery and sharing the message of hope that change is possible.

Over 13,000 people have signed up to host and attend a screening of "At the End of Slavery," a newly released 30-minute documentary that includes interviews with former slaves and undercover footage from police operations.

The screenings will take place Saturday and participants are encouraged to discuss the film, further educate themselves and also advocate with members of Congress.

"At the End of Slavery" takes viewers inside the violent and ugly business of modern-day slavery from the brothels of the Philippines to the brick kilns of India. More than 30 million children, women and men are enslaved by violence, threats and coercion, according to the film.

The documentary is designed to open eyes and introduce people to the reality of the crime as well as instill in them the responsibility to take action.

IJM stresses that "there is nothing inevitable about slavery."

Following Saturday's screening, churches will share the message of biblical justice on Sunday and engage people of faith in the fight to rescue the oppressed.

IJM encourages individuals, students, churches, and communities to continue the momentum and host screenings even after this weekend.

Founded in 1997, IJM is a human rights agency that rescues victims of slavery and works with local governments to prosecute perpetrators. IJM's justice professionals work in their communities in 12 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to secure tangible and sustainable protection of national laws through local court systems.

On the Web: http://www.attheendofslavery.com/