Students packed into the courtyard at Deerfield High School on Friday for a music and human rights festival. The event was hosted by the DHS Human Rights Club and featured live music, a silent auction, refreshing treats, and several guest speakers.
The goal was to raise awareness about various forms of modern slavery and human trafficking. Several school clubs set up booths in the courtyard highlighting their work related to human rights issues. Students enjoyed their peers’ music while visiting the different booths.
The festival also focused on the development of fair trade as tools to bring economic opportunities to areas most vulnerable to the modern slave trade.
Guest speakers Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal, Representative Karen May, Deerfield Police Officer Marci Landy and West Deerfield Township Supervisor Julie Morrison were on hand to speak to students about local issues regarding human rights.
Funds collected at the festival were donated to Link Community Development. The organization provides support to schools in Africa, helping to create the conditions which prevent susceptibility to unfair labor practices and other modern forms of slavery.