Students Against Slavery is a Registered Student Organization with the vision of fostering public awareness of the issue of human trafficking.
Our mission is to work with fellow Central Michigan University students to better inform the campus community of the current conditions of human trafficking in its many forms, both domestically and internationally, with the goal of improving the overall condition of modern-day slavery. Forms of modern day slavery include: sex slavery, forced labor, forced marriage, child soldiers, etc.
Kelsey is the president and founder of Students Against Slavery. She currently interns at the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking within the Department of Attorney General on Capital Hill in Lansing. Subcommittees for the Commission include training and education, data collection, funding and resources, policy and legislation, victim services, and public awareness – each of which Kelsey works with closely.
She has worked on human trafficking research over the past few years: one study involving the disconnect between progressive policy and a lack of trafficking-related prosecutions at the state and local levels, and another study exploring best practices for battling trafficking in the travel and hospitality industries.
At the micro-level, Kelsey has worked directly with minor domestic victims. She has served as a group mentor at Manasseh Project – a sex trafficking trauma recovery center – for the past two summers.
Outside of the US, Kelsey has organized and led a service team to Phnom Penh, Cambodia – the international hub for child sex tourism. Her team spent three weeks in Kampong Cham this summer working with local organizations on preventative strategies.
Outside of combating trafficking, Kelsey has spent the past three years working at Women’s Aid Service, Inc., a local domestic violence and sexual assault agency. Additionally, she is passionate about juvenile delinquency, and she works at a gang-prevention program with inner-city youth in Grand Rapids every summer.
Kelsey is a social work undergraduate at Central Michigan University. She plans to pursue a law degree post-graduation with a focus on public interest law and human rights.
Jessica Axe has a Bachelors of Science in History which she obtained from Central Michigan University in May of 2013 and is pursuing her Masters in Humanities from the same institution. She is treasurer and head of the fundraising subcommittee for the CMU chapter of Students Against Slavery.
Jessica is currently employed by the University and is working and volunteering for the Human Rights in Literature the Arts and Social Sciences (HRLASS) International Conference. The Conference, which will spotlight human trafficking will take place October 30th-31st at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant.
On June 27, 2015 she completed a training session through Wedgwood Christian Services and The Manasseh Project called: “How To Work With and For Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation.” As a Manasseh Advocate, she will provide education to the public concerning human trafficking via social media and educational events.
Jessica is also a student member of the Peace History Society which is unaffiliated with Central Michigan University and publishes Research on Peace Studies topics.