ATLANTA – Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, is coming to Atlanta tomorrow (Jan. 14) to tour two facilities that fight against human trafficking. She will be accompanied by Gov. Brian Kemp, Georgia first lady Marty Kemp, and other officials.
The group’s first stop will be a safe house in downtown Atlanta, where they will hear firsthand accounts from operators, survivors, and caregivers, the AJC reported.
Their second stop will be to an undisclosed campus of Wellspring Living’s Women’s Academy, a nonprofit whose mission is “transforming lives of those at risk or victimized by sexual exploitation,” according to their website. There, Ivanka Trump and the group will hold a roundtable discussion.
“I’m looking forward to another visit to Atlanta, this time to meet with survivors of human trafficking and their caregivers as we work together to end the evil scourge of modern slavery once and for all,” Ivanka Trump told the AJC.
President Trump has listed fighting sex trafficking as a priority, along with Governor Kemp’s administration and wife. In fact, Georgia’s First Lady Marty Kemp is passionate about this cause, as demonstrated in her support of Noonday Association’s tiny homes project. (Also listen to her discuss her passion for fighting human trafficking here.)
For Georgia Baptists, this issue has come to the forefront in their giving and mission through Mission Georgia. It was announced at the 2019 Georgia Baptist Convention as one of the five areas of focus. The other four focus areas include pre/post natal care, literacy, refugees and internationals, and foster care and adoption.
According to the Mission Georgia website, Georgia ranks in the top 10 states for human trafficking. “Between 2012 and 2017, the Atlanta human trafficking industry climbed from $232 million to $290 million, which is seven times more than Cooperative Program giving in the state.”
In order to fulfill the biblical mandate to “act justly, love mercy, walk humbly” (Micah 6:8), “we will confront the human trafficking epidemic with programs, housing, and mentors who will help redeem young lives. We will train churches to recognize human trafficking as well as partners in their community who can help them prevent it,” the website declares on behalf of Georgia Baptists.
For years Georgia Baptists have taken part in the Unholy Tour which brings awareness to human trafficking around the metro Atlanta area as well as the state. For those stories click here, here, and here.
Myriah Snyder serves as content editor for The Christian Index.