On October 20, Benedictine Academy (Elizabeth, New Jersey) student leaders and youth from several other schools traveled to the National Historical Site of Frederick Douglass in Washington D.C. and proclaimed a New Proclamation of Freedom on behalf of the victims of modern day slavery– Human Trafficking. Benedictine Academy’s “Cor Defenders” student group, who are the Freedom Partners of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, stood proudly on the steps of the National Parks Historical Site in Washington, D.C. to proclaim the New Proclamation of Freedom which was written by students from Benedictine Academy and other schools. The hope is that the new proclamation will help eradicate modern day slavery in the form of human trafficking through education.
Participants reflected on the life and passion of Frederick T. Douglass, and shared their hopes and dreams for an end to modern day slavery. They stressed the importance of education for empowering the youth of today to break the shackles of oppression, exploitation, and enslavement.
Frederick T. Douglas Family Foundation’s “100 Hundred Days to Freedom” service-learning project encourages secondary school students both to commemorate history and rouse the public through social action to end human trafficking. The “100 Days to Freedom” service-learning school curriculum is free and available to all secondary schools.
Benedictine Academy has been recognized as one of the most-decorated schools for its anti-trafficking work. Ewa Kowalczyk, a junior at the Academy, was invited to speak in Washington, D.C. about the value of the Human Trafficking/Frederick Douglass Curriculum education that she received at Benedictine Academy. “We have seen how effective this curriculum is because we have applied it in our own school,” Kowalczyk stated. “After being educated on the topic (of Human Trafficking) I developed a strong desire to help those who are victims of this injustice,” Kowalczyk added. “Education is crucial to bring an end to Human Trafficking; in order to make a difference, people must start to know about this issue,” she pointed out. “The most effective way to make a difference is to inform our generation.”
On January 1, 2013, students, teachers, anti-trafficking activists and many others will gather in Washington D.C. to present the final document, along with thousands of signatures, at Emancipation Day ceremonies.
Learn more at the nj.com article: Benedictine Academy students in Elizabeth participate in New Proclamation of Freedom.