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TAT 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk

26

Feb

2013

Baton Rouge is currently one of the top 10 cities in the country for human trafficking. Tigers Against Trafficking is a group of LSU students firmly committed to playing our part in the abolition of modern day slavery. Our heart is to mobilize both the student body and our local community to actively address this injustice on a global scale. Each year we have a fundraiser to raise awareness and funds in order to end human trafficking.

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Tigers Against Trafficking’s 5th annual 5K run/walk will be held on March 23, beginning at 10:00 am on the LSU Parade Grounds. Registration will begin at 9:15 am. The first 300 people to register will receive a free race-day shirt.

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100% of our proceeds go directly to anti-trafficking organizations both locally and abroad. Our parent organizations are The A21 Campaign and Trafficking Hope.

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Register today at:
http://www.tigersagainsttrafficking.com/5K/

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(If you or anyone you know are interested in sponsoring our annual 5K fundraiser on March 23 or volunteering, let us know! If you have any questions please email bridget@tigersagainsttrafficking.com or catherine@tigersagainsttrafficking.com)

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Registration includes 5k Race, T-Shirt, Live Music, Food, and Giveaways! Thank you to everyone who made this event successful in the past. Proceeds of the funds raised from registration will be donated to The A21 Campaign and Trafficking Hope.

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WHEN: March 23rd 2013 10:00AM

WHERE: LSU Parade Grounds

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STUDENTS:
$25

NON-STUDENT ADULTS:
$30

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TAT 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk

07

Feb

2012

Registration is now open for the 4th annual Tigers Against Trafficking 5K Run/Walk.
 
CLICK HERE to register now!
 
Registration includes 5k Race, T-Shirt, Live Music, Food, and Giveaways! Thank you to everyone who made this event successful in the past. Proceeds of the funds raised from registration will be donated to The A21 Campaign and Trafficking Hope.
 
WHEN: March 31st 2012  8:00AM
 
WHERE: LSU Parade Grounds
 

STUDENTS:
$20 for prereg
$25 after prereg/day of

 

NON-STUDENT ADULTS:
$25 prereg
$30 after prereg/day of

 

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CALL + RESPONSE FILM SCREENING

31

Oct

2010

We will be screening the Call + Response Rockumentary in the Union Theater on November 4th. Click Here To Register

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The LSU students that stirred change across the ocean…

16

Oct

2009

Guest Blog by Maree Chapman, Founder of “The Make Right Project”

The Make Right Project is about seeing need wherever you go and choosing to respond accordingly. No formula or agenda, just people genuinely caring for those in need, in whatever form that takes. To make right brings a smile, a sigh of relief, an empowered spirit or a safe place…it doesn’t take much and it can happen everyday. In fact, it does happen everyday.

I firmly believe that one person’s passion can stir another to action, breathe life into dormant dreams and evolve into something life changing…that’s exactly how The Make Right Project began. Sitting in a café over Sydney Harbour earlier this year with my good friend Natalie LaBorde (inspirational and driven like you wouldn’t believe) we discussed the idea of truly making a difference in life. Meeting the real needs of people that we may never get the chance to meet. What could one person really do? Or even a group of people? She and a few close friends had recently set up a student group at their university (LSU) in America – Tigers Against Trafficking. (TAT) They were raising funds and awareness about the issue of human trafficking, a frightening global phenomenon.

Tigers Against Trafficking is an inspiration because it’s everyday people, (busy students at that!), taking the time to pause and reflect on the world around them and respond appropriately to the desperate situation of enslaved people. Big picture thinking suggests that the more individuals aware and actively choosing to make a difference for a cause, will see change. While overcoming the sex trade may seem insurmountable, pretending it doesn’t exist is the only response that will encourage its growth.

As Natalie and I chatted about her goals and efforts with TAT, my long-held dreams of making a difference in the lives of Russian orphans were stirred. Over ten years ago, I learned of the dire needs of orphans in Russia and throughout Eastern Europe and have professed to want to ‘make a difference’ ever since. In a moment of silence over what was a perfectly poured latte in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, I considered my own freedom…and my own opportunities. I realised its not really good enough to just want to make a difference or to just feel empathy for a group of people or a cause, we actually have to respond. I actually had to respond.

I reasoned that if Nat and her friends back home could make a difference, be raising ridiculous amounts of money for the A21 Campaign against trafficking and be building momentum for a cause that will stay with LSU beyond their graduation – then what was stopping me? The truth is that nothing was stopping me, today was as good as any day to start…so I set up The Make Right Project along with PROJECT: orphan to respond specifically to the needs of orphans.

I’ve found that to make right is liberating, empowering and a never-ending pursuit that crosses oceans, culture, language and time. We’re starting small but dreaming big, inspired by like-minded everyday people that choose to make a difference. There’s a global community that’s standing against injustice and choosing to be a part of it, is choosing to be someone that makes things right.

True Fan of TAT…from across the world!!

Maree Chapman

For More information about The MakeRight Project visit http://themakerightproject.org

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How it all began…

26

Sep

2009

Well, it’s a official!! The new TAT website is up and functional, and if you are reading this….it means that we have launched our promotional campaign for our next TAT event titled “Be Their Freedom,” which will be at the Varsity Theatre on October 29th.

Since this is the first official TAT BLOG- I thought I would give you a little bit of the history about how we got started.

Long story (VERY) short, after I graduated from LSU in 2007 I decided to spend a year living/working in Sydney, Australia before attending law school here at LSU. During my time in Sydney, I attended a few events that highlighted Human Trafficking and even went on an around the world research trip with a friend. During this trip we visited the onsite locations of shelters, rehabilitation centers, legal advocacy offices, issue awareness agencies, as well as high-density brothel areas located in Europe, Asia, and North America.

One of the many experiences that left a lasting impression on me was when we were introduced to a 12 year-old girl who had been rescued from a brothel in Phnom Pen, Cambodia. She was pregnant (11 years old then) at the time the authorities found her and she delivered the child soon after. When I met her she was carrying the baby on her hip, as if he was her sibling. Her little face has stayed with me always.

When I returned to LSU last fall for law school, I shared my newfound passion for the issue of HT with three of my very best friends, Sarah Kaiser, Jeremy Beyt, and Nick Defilice. They started doing their own research and within days were just as consumed with the issue as I was. We brainstormed about the different ways we could mobilize our campus to join in the efforts to eradicate modern day slavery. So we thought…”well…lets start with a campus event…and why not a 5k?”

On March 28th 2009, we hosted our first campus event, a 5k, on the LSU campus. Over 360 students and members of the Baton Rouge community participated in the event, which included live music, free food, and a variety of info about Human Trafficking. TAT was able to raise over $10,000 for The A21 Campaign, an anti-trafficking organization that works directly with girls rescued out of sex slavery. (www.theA21campaign.org)

So many things have changed since that crazy day in January when we walked into the campus life office and literally BEGGED for a date to host an event regarding the issue of Human Trafficking. TAT is now a student organization and has a website, printed materials, sponsors, billboards, a database, teams on other universities, another event coming up…and the list goes on. But the truth it all just started with the the belief that “We can do something…” and the commitment to making it happen. The rest is really just details…

My friends, the journey has just begun, and I know I speak for all of us when I say that it is truly an honor to be a part of the fight against modern day slavery that is emerging here at LSU. As we embark on this endeavor together, I want to challenge you to look back on your own life and see the places where someone stepped in and made right something that was once very wrong. Remember how that changed you, how it made you feel protected, valued, and loved. To me, that is the very essence of Justice…to make right. When we come to that place of appreciating the “justice” others have brought into our own lives, it empowers us to turn around and do the same for other people.

Ultimately, that is the heartbeat of Tigers Against Trafficking. Making right the wrongs done to countless individuals at whatever capacity that we can, whether it’s through our time, our talents, or our treasure. We may never know the extent of the impact we have, the lives we touch, or the faces we free…but they do. Every life has potential, value, and purpose.

We can’t do everything, but we can do something and we CANNOT wait to see what all that “something” will entail.

Until next time….

Natalie

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Follow TAT on Twitter

20

Aug

2009

Follow Tigers Against Trafficking on Twitter!

http://twitter.com/TATrafficking

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Welcome to Tigers Against Trafficking Blog

19

Aug

2009

Check in for the latest news about Tigers Against Trafficking. We will post news about human trafficking, upcoming events, etc. Enjoy!

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