On Thursday, April 4, Jesse Bach, executive director of The Imagine Foundation, will speak on the topic of human rights violations, and how this modern-day slavery can be stopped. His lecture will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Blades Chapel on the University of Dubuque campus.
On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, abolishing slavery in the United States. While many people think that this ended all forms of slavery in the U.S., this is not the case. Today, between 100,000 and 300,000 children become slaves through human trafficking in the United States. Though many individuals in the Tri-State area may think that this only happens in big cities or in far-off countries, human trafficking can and does happen everywhere. Unfortunately, most people do not know enough about human trafficking to spot it when it happens right before their eyes. Jesse Bach, executive director of The Imagine Foundation, and renowned speaker on the topic, will present facts and figures that will open your eyes to these heinous crimes.
After witnessing a young girl being forcibly sold for sex, Bach knew that he could not idly stand by and watch this happen to others. As a result, he began the The Imagine Foundation - a 501(c)3 charitable organization based in Cleveland, Ohio. The foundation’s goal is to spread awareness and promote solutions for ending child slavery worldwide. Their belief is that every day we are given opportunities to end slavery and trafficking in persons; we can’t solely rely on “the other guy” to do something. Everyone is invited to become part of the change.