ADRIAN, Mich – Chaplain Chris Momany shared Adrian College’s unique approach to confronting human trafficking (modern-day slavery) in Washington, D.C. before United States Department of Education officials and White House staff. The summer convening of The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge was held on the campus of historic Howard University July 9 – 10, 2012.
Over 270 colleges and universities throughout the country have answered a call to unite different faith traditions for community service projects. More than 300 individuals from these institutions, along with government officials, attended this year’s gathering.
Last year, the National Campus Challenge invited communities of higher learning to direct a focus toward specific ethical issues including: poverty, access to education, and addressing the needs of military families. During this program, Adrian College introduced an additional issue through their focus on human trafficking.
“It is estimated that as many as 27 million people are held in bondage throughout today’s world,” stated Christopher Momany, Adrian College Chaplain. “It is clear that we are contributing to the [initiation] of a national emphasis on this real-world issue.”
While officials welcomed Adrian’s unique approach, a designated category for anti-trafficking work had not been previously created. This spring, the White House reaffirmed its stand against modern-day slavery by designating a category in the President’s community service program to the issue.
Plans for the College’s future leadership among their “Not For Sale” program will include the relation of the anti-trafficking ministry to exciting core curricular initiatives. This academic model will utilize creative ways to highlight Adrian College’s abolitionist tradition. Founded in 1859 as an antislavery, humanitarian enterprise, the College embraces its heritage today.
For additional information, please contact Chaplain Chris Momany at 517-265-5161, Ext. 4211.