It’s Time to Uncover
Students Valerie Bardhi ’15, Emily Blackner ’13, Ellie Hilton ’14, and Dominic Lathos ’15 organized a human trafficking and modern-day slavery awareness campaign called It’s Time to Uncover as part of the Human Rights and Social Justice Class taught by Dr. Christine Wade.
The culmination of the event was affectionately known as Bra Day, when students, faculty and staff donned bras on the outside of their clothes to raise awareness about sex slavery. These bras, and others supplied by members of the community, are being donated to Free the Girls, an organization which gives them to former sex slaves in Mozambique. The women can then sell the bras, which are a luxury item, and earn up to five times the minimum wage so they are able to build a life of dignity and promise.
In the week leading up to the big day, the students manned an information table to inform the campus about many forms of slavery and trafficking and just how pervasive the problem is: 27 million people are enslaved across the world, and the industry is estimated at $31.6 billion. Students could also use the website chainstorereaction.com to write petitions about fair labor practices to popular companies like Apple and Under Armor.
Over 300 bras were collected (exceeding their goal by 20%) along with $136 to help cover shipping costs. Nearly 50 petitions were sent out to companies over the three-day period.
Upcoming human rights campaigns conducted by other students in the class will focus on LGBT rights, environmental protection, and maternal health.