HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A group of James Madison University students are raising awareness to honor 27 million people across the world who are enslaved.
These students, as part of JMU Stands for Freedom, have been standing outside since noon Tuesday and they will be there until Wednesday at 3 p.m.
The Shenandoah Valley Justice Initiative at the university is relatively new.
Students are getting national attention and a petition with more than 1,400 signatures to add to the International Justice Missions' effort.
That petition will be sent to President Barack Obama with signatures from around the world.
The campus group has had an average of 30 to 50 people holding signs and getting signatures at a time.
This is their first Stand for Freedom 27 hour event, and they are already ranked tenth in participation out of more than 500 events across the world.
With more than 100 volunteers, some stayed overnihgt.
Co-founder Anna Curfman said it's all about supporting the people who are going through modern day slavery and sex trafficking.
In addition to the petition the group celebrated a different story of rescue and restoration each hour.
On Wednesday, they had 17 posters hanging of names with pictures and stories of survivors.
© Copyright 2013 WHSV / Gray Television Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.