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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

For Rusty Havens and the student chapter of McNeese State University's International Justice Mission, the fight for justice is just beginning. Starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, they're standing for 27 consecutive hours representing the 27 million enslaved people worldwide. 

"There's no one more passionate than a college student once we are motivated to get into something," said McNeese sophomore Savannah Simms. 

Volunteers signed up in shifts to man the table in the middle of McNeese's main quad. They're soliciting petitions that will be sent to legislators and donations for the International Justice Mission. 

"We have handouts with facts, figures and stuff like that and we're just trying to make more people aware," said Havens, the president of the Louisiana chapter of the IJM. 

While they're not single-handedly ending human trafficking and worker property issues, the students say their participation is hopefully showing others the importance of the movement. 

"I know it's just standing here for an hour but it shows that I can take away time in my life to do something important for a cause," said McNeese sophomore Vanessa Stewart. 

Just like in the case of the Violence Against Women Act, recently passed in Congress, Havens hopes continued efforts of ending social injustices prove to be just as successful.  

"Awareness isn't the answer, but you can't do anything until you're aware," he said.

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