COSTA MESA — Bundled up and wearing a price tag that read "How much does a human cost?", about three dozen people gathered Tuesday evening at Vanguard University to pray for the end of modern slavery.
Vanguard's Global Center for Women and Justice Department hosted a candlelight vigil at the private school's Needham Chapel Courtyard on National Freedom Day. The vigil aimed to raise awareness for human trafficking locally and globally.
"It is against every aspect of human dignity," said Sandra Morgan, the department's director. "People should not be sold, and as long as someone is being sold, everybody is less. We're a global community and what impacts one community, impacts every community."
National Freedom Day, held on Feb. 1 each year, commemorates President Lincoln's signing of a joint resolution that eventually became the 13th Amendment, which ultimately abolished American slavery. It comes after National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a distinction for the month of January created in a 2010 proclamation signed by President Obama.