How a Disney Ballerina Ended Up Fighting Modern Slavery

A director of church mobilization for International Justice Mission says women can’t have it all, but they can have something better.
How a Disney Ballerina Ended Up Fighting Modern Slavery
Image: Courtesy of International Justice Mission

Today, forced labor and sexual servitude traps 45 million people—more than at any time in history. To respond to the modern slavery crisis, Jocelyn White, a mother and classically trained ballerina, retired from her thriving dance career and started volunteering with International Justice Mission (IJM). She now serves as a director of church mobilization for IJM and connects congregations and church leaders with the organization’s efforts to free victims of injustice. She and her husband, Peter, also started a nonprofit organization in the Los Angeles area, Slavery No More, which helps resource local agencies fighting human trafficking.

White spoke recently with CT about her journey from professional dancing to anti-slavery advocacy and how she sees God’s hand in her work with IJM.

You achieved your dream of having a successful dancing career. Why did you retire?

I worked for Disney in Los Angeles, and the Holy Spirit prodded me through the story of Abraham to sacrifice ...

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