By Olivia Koepp
The Safe Hands Initiative is a non-profit student-led organization on campus that raises awareness of human trafficking and money in support of The Wellhouse, a local ministry for rescuing victims of human trafficking. The initiative exists to help the student body learn about human trafficking and what students can do about it now while having “safe hands.” Safe Hands raises money for The Wellhouse by selling handmade bracelets to Samford students with the word “safe” stitched on them for $5.
In a partnership with The Wellhouse, Safe Hands premiered a mini-documentary to raise awareness and inform others on human trafficking on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Reid Chapel, offering convocation credit for students who attended. The focus of the mini-documentary is to choose to be kind and not to be afraid.
Samford student Tatum Foreman is a student ambassador for Safe Hands and helps organize events like the one on Feb. 24.
“The best thing you can do to support vulnerable people is to be kind,” Foreman said.
According to Foreman, kindness must be shown on a day-to-day basis because there is no common denominator among everyone. Tatum shared the statistics that there are 4.3 million people in human trafficking alone and that an estimated $150 billion is made worldwide in the black market. There are 6,000 people in Alabama alone caught in human trafficking.
Foreman urges others to not be afraid to love others and secure a safe and loving environment for those who need it.
“Every single person that you meet and every single name that you hear is uniquely created and perfectly loved by the same God that uniquely created and perfectly loves you,” Foreman said.
Foreman encourages those interested in the Safe Hands Initiative to watch the video and repost it once uploaded on Instagram. She also encourages Samford students to buy a bracelet and tell others about its meaning. Foreman mentioned that another organization for students to get involved in is the International Justice Mission which seeks to transform the world through prayer and advocacy.
Follow Safe Hands Initiative on Instagram to support the cause and buy a bracelet by reaching out to any of the 10 student ambassadors through Instagram.