United Methodist Women Open Umbrellas to Bring Attention to Human Trafficking


On Sunday, February 5, the Super Bowl will take place at Levi's® Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Like any large sporting event, there is an increase in opportunity for human trafficking to occur. Thousands will travel to the San Francisco Bay Area to take part in Super Bowl festivities, and among the travelers will be those arriving by force, fraud, or coercion—they will not be there of their own free will but as victims of human trafficking.

That's why the United Methodist Women have asked members to join the "Intercept the Traffickers" photo campaign and open umbrellas to raise awareness of human trafficking. Many United Methodist Women will travel to the San Francisco Bay Area and will carry open umbrellas as a sign of support and to encourage survivors to hold on a little longer. 

Between now and January 29, they invite all United Methodist Women's groups to take a photo holding umbrellas together with the caption "We are United Methodist Women opening umbrellas to intercept human trafficking." Those photos will be used in the Umbrella Line of Defense around the stadium.

For more information, visit http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/intercept.

What is an "umbrella" defense? It is named after the football defensive play created by New York Giants coach, Steve Owen. The innovative formation (it was 1950) enabled the Giants to shut out the then-formidable Cleveland Browns.