January 8, 2013 Print

Regent University’s Conference to Address Protection of Children

by Bethany Monk

Child advocates dedicated to protecting children in the U.S. and around the world will convene later this week to participate in a two-day symposium focusing on human trafficking, child welfare, adoption and juvenile justice.

Regent University’s Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law will present “Seeking Justice for the Least of These” Thursday and Friday at the university, located in Virginia Beach, Va. 

Defense for Children International, the FBI and ministries including Conservative Christian Fellowship, and Focus on the Family (FOTF) are among the organizations participating in the second annual symposium. FOTF President Jim Daly will be the keynote speaker.

“What Regent University is doing is taking a practical step,” said Yuri Mantilla, FOTF director of International Affairs, and one of the featured speakers who will talk about how to become a human rights advocate on Friday. “The university is trying to mobilize Christians so that they will be involved in the fight for true human rights — like the right to life since the time of fertilization, and also the struggle against the trafficking of women and children, the importance of adoption and other things.”

Adoption, in fact, can help solve these problems.

“We see families from all over the country and literally all over the world who are choosing to welcome home children permanently, and these are kids who have been orphaned or abandoned,” said Katie Overstreet, FOTF program director of Adoption and Orphan Care. She is scheduled to speak at the symposium Saturday on domestic adoptions.

“(Adoption provides) great connections that prevent trafficking or prevent further abuse by kids coming into permanent families,” she added.

The Center for Global Justice provides Christians with tools to help seek justice for vulnerable and oppressed people throughout the world.

“As Christians, we know that with the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to defend the least among us,” Mantilla said. “Because of that we have a mandate — not only to have good laws, but to have good, moral values and good, ethical principles in our country.”

Learn more about the symposium.

Learn more about Regent University’s Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

Read “Seeking Justice: Confronting The Scourge of Human Trafficking.”