Be:Justice remembers Nhu

 

Student organization be:Justice hosted an event presenting Nhu along with parents Carl and Laurie Ralston Oct. 1. The honored guests told the story of Remember Nhu, an organization with the mission to prevent the worldwide exploitation of children in the sex trade.

Nhu, surrounded by parents Carl and Laurie Ralston, answers an audience question about how her peers mistreated and judged her after she was sold into sex slavery.  (Photo by Kim Farkas)

The co-advisers of be:Justice are University Publications and Website Content Manager Amber Balash, and instructor and Spiritual Formation Volunteer Tanya Hershberger. Balash has been connected with Remember Nhu for the past seven years.

“I was working on a devotional book for Malone that we put out in 2005. John Geib was a professor here for many years, and I asked him if he had any devotionals for me. He said ‘yes,’ and he told me about [Carl Ralston],” Balash said. “That’s how I started getting involved with Remember Nhu.”

Balash and Hershberger work with students in the group to facilitate a greater understanding of current social justice issues.

“I know that [sex trafficking] is an issue that they really care about,” Balash said. “We’re just grateful for the work that our students do, and we want to support them.”

The Remember Nhu website says “Remember Nhu’s approach at combating child sex slavery is to help one child at a time, one family and in doing so, one village at a time.”

As a part of the approaching celebration of President David King’s Presidential Inauguration, be:Justice, along with Social Work Club and Fishing Club, have prepared a fundraising event for Remember Nhu. President King’s promotion of this Saturday October 13 Fishing Derby reflects his commitment to serving the world part of Malone’s three part missionary service to the church, community, and world. The October 1 campus event served to tell the story behind the organization.

Hershberger said she was excited about how the plan for the inauguration event came together. After the decision was made to involve and support the Remember Nhu organization, collaboration with other Malone groups occurred and other resources became available to be:Justice.

“All of the sudden we could see this bigger plan formulating together,” said Hershberger.

Through these events, be:Justice hopes to raise awareness around campus of the widespread injustices of the sex trade.

Junior social work student and be:Justice member Hannah Crabbs attended the Remember Nhu event.

“Over the last two years, I’ve been exposed to sex and human trafficking. I’ve watched documentaries, read books, met people who work in the field, and done my own research,” said Crabbs. “I’ve learned a lot, but there’s nothing that compares to being in the presence of someone who’s actually been in the sex trade, especially a person who is representing a people group where the problem is so widespread.”

Kim Farkas is a staff writer for The Aviso AVW