Virginia Abolition Conference:  January 10th & 11th, 2014

“A weekend of educating, equipping and mobilizing communities around Virginia”

The Richmond Justice Initiative is proud to announce that we will be holding our first annual Virginia Abolition Conference on January 10th-11th, 2014 at West End Assembly of God. RJI’s mission is to educate, equip and mobilize communities with the tools they need to be a force in this GROWING movement to fight human trafficking. We are inviting all community members and leaders, activists and pastors, businessmen and women to come and learn from experts in the field and to leave more informed and inspired as you start or continue in this fight against slavery in your community and workplace!

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West End Assembly of God
401 N. Parham Rd
Richmond, VA 23229


Hampton Inn Richmond West
10800 West Broad St.
Glen Allen VA 23060

Conference Rate: $89.00 per night (use code: RJI when booking)

Cutoff date to place a reservation: December 27th, 2013

To book a room, please call 804-747-7777 or click on the link below:

The Sessions will address the following:

  • Aftercare Services in Virginia: Josh Bailey, The Gray Haven Project
    We will be discussing the current state of Virginia’s available services for victims of human trafficking as well as exploring the needs of survivors and the ways that The Gray Haven and other agencies are addressing those needs around the state.
  • Prevention Education: Jessica Sutton, Prevention Project Manager
    During this session participants will learn the importance of Prevention Education, how The Prevention Project is addressing this critical need and how you can be involved by becoming a Prevention Advocate.
  • Social Responsibility: David Berdish, Manager of Social Sustainability, Ford Motor Company; Lead Designer of Ford Human Rights Code
    Learn how you can make a difference in your job and in your daily life!  Businesses can be prime areas for human trafficking to take root and thrive. Participants in this session will learn how successful human rights  codes have been developed to protect human rights within businesses, with processes from major companies cited as examples. Participants in this session will come away with how to be responsible business person, whether as owner of the business or as an employee.  Participants will also learn about tools that can help each person, as consumers, to make a difference in the anti-human trafficking movement.
  • Lobby/Advocacy Training: Seth Wispelwey, Field Organizer, International Justice Mission
    The goal of this session is that you as a community advocate will learn the nuts and bolts of effective lobby efforts, including how to have a successful mtg with your representative, and how to effectively engage your community in advocacy efforts against modern day slavery. The session will also include information about RJI’s Lobby efforts for 2014 General Session and how YOU can effectively lobby both on a federal and state level.
  • Pastors Summit: Joe Farrell, Northeast Director of Church Mobilization, International Justice Mission
    This Pastors/Lay leaders only session purpose is to supply Pastors with tools they can use to educate and equip their congregations to understand and respond to the issue of injustice from a biblical perspective, and discuss tangible ways the Church can be, and needs to be, integrally involved in the local work of ending slavery in our cities.

Featured Speakers:

Joe Farrell, Northeast Director of Church Mobilization, International Justice Mission

David Berdish, Manager of Social Sustainability at Ford Motor Company; Lead Designer of Ford Human Rights Code

More speakers to be announced soon

Cost and Registration:

Registration for the event is $50. Registration is required to attend.
Breakfast, lunch, and all materials are included in the registration.
Parking is free.

Event Schedule:

Friday: 7pm-9pm

    • 6pm: Pre-registration open
    • 7pm: “A Night of Worship and Prayer”
      Optional, free, and open to the public.

Friday night is a time for fellow justice-seekers to come together in a time of prayer, seeking God for freedom for those who are still in captivity in our communities and around the world, praying for those who are fighting on the front lines, and praying for the Church to further rise to its calling “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) It will also be a time to lift up praises to God in celebration of rescue and restoration of victims!

Joe Farrell, Church Mobilization Director at International Justice Mission is one of our featured conference speakers and will be speaking to the open crowd on Friday as well.

Saturday: 9am-5pm

  • 8am: Registration, breakfast, and time to visit exhibit tables.
  • 9-10:30am: Anti-Trafficking Experts Panel Session
  • 10:30-10:45am: Break
  • 10:45-12pm: Breakout Sessions
  • 12-1pm: Lunch ( Fair Trade Presentation during lunch)
  • 1-1:15pm: Break
  • 1:15-2:30pm: Breakout Sessions
  • 2:30-2:45pm: Break
  • 2:45-4pm: Breakout Sessions
  • 4-4:15pm: Break
  • 4:15-5pm: Closing Session: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Commemoration and Send-Off

For questions or more information about the Conference, please email or call 804-803-1RJI


For Vendor/Exhibitor opportunities please email for information and cost.

West End Assembly of God, 401 N. Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23229

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Every Attendee Must Register Individually*

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Every Attendee MUST Register Individually
If payment method is check/money order, please mail with Name of Attendee in the Memo to:

Richmond Justice Initiative
PO Box 756
Midlothian, VA 23114
Attn: VAAC Registration
(Memo: Name of Attendee)