Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Students plan April 25 fund-raiser for anti-slavery group

In tandem with the La Follette School's April 30 Modern-Day Slavery symposium, students are raising money for Free the Slaves, the nonprofit organization supported by Ben Skinner, the keynote speaker for the symposium and author of A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery.

Students Meagan Parrish, Natalie Olson and Ulrike Nischan have organized two fitness classes on Saturday, April 25, and will donate the proceeds from the class fees to Free the Slaves. Parrish, who teaches under the name Mahela, is offering Belly Dance Fitness from 10-11 a.m. and YogaFlow from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Dance Fabulous Studio, 401 North Lake Street in Madison. She is certified as a Group Fitness Instructor and a Level 1 instructor through YogaFit. The cost for both classes is $20, while one class is $15. Sign up online.

 All three students are pursuing master's degrees in international public affairs.

"Fighting human trafficking is important to me because it's an issue that is too easy to ignore," Olson says. "At La Follette we learn about many different policy issues that often are challenging or even seem 'unsolvable' for one reason or another; at times, it can be very frustrating. But I see human trafficking as a problem that could reasonably be solved in my lifetime, and that motivates me to contribute however I can."

Free the Slaves is a not for profit organization with the mission to end human slavery worldwide. Its activities include liberating slaves around the world, helping them rebuild their lives, and researching real world solutions to eradicate slavery.

Symposium on modern-day slavery to feature lecture by author, April 15, 2010, La Follette School News