When Stephanie Fong wanted to join a club on campus that focused on social justice, she had a hard time finding an opportunity that matched her interests. Instead of giving up she created her own club - the International Justice Mission Club.
The 4B History student founded the Federation of Students club in December 2013 as a campus chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights agency that rescues and helps victims of injustice worldwide. Stephanie discovered her passion for social justice in high school and this passion really unfolded after her first year of university.
During a mission trip to Honduras in the summer after my first year, I met little girls who were former victims of sexual exploitation in a safe house, and my heart broke for them. Upon returning home, I really wanted to join a Feds club that placed efforts in helping this cause. I didn’t find any that were relevant to human trafficking, so I decided to start this club. – Stephanie Fong
Over the past year the IJM club hosted a number of successful events including the Blue Ribbon Awareness Campaign Against Sex-Trafficking, bringing awareness to almost 500 students about the issue of sex-trafficking. The event also included petitioning a Member of Parliament with 275 signatures to help exploited victims by altering prostitution laws. The bill passed this past December, which Stephanie says “speaks volumes about making a difference.” Other events organized by the IJM club include fundraising events, which collectively, have raised more than $2,000.