New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, a devout Christian, led a group of NFL players in meeting with the Dominican Republic’s Vice President Margarita Cedeño de Fernández on behalf of the world’s largest anti-sex trafficking organization, International Justice Mission.
Watson, who is visiting the Caribbean nation with IJM for the third time, took to his Instagram account Tuesday to share a picture of him and other NFL standouts posing with Fernández, who assumed office in August 2012.
“Honored to meet with Dominican Republic VP @margaritacdf on behalf of @ijm,” he wrote in the post. “Thankful for her commitment to use her platform to combat sex trafficking and provide aftercare services for survivors. Thank you for your hospitality and for raising your voice for the vulnerable!”
The photo shared by Watson was initially posted by Fernández on her official Instagram account.
“This group of @nfl players has a heart as big as the energy they have to play,” Fernández wrote in Spanish. “It was a great pleasure to know the great interest they have in supporting a world where the poorest have access to justice, through the International Justice Mission. I congratulate this initiative and you can count on me.”
Watson, a father of five and a 15-year veteran of the league, has once again joined the Saints after playing for the Baltimore Ravens for the last two seasons. He rejoined the Saints on a one-year deal in March after playing for the Saints from 2013-’15.
As there are over 2 million children caught up in the sex trafficking industry throughout the world, Watson and his wife, Kirsten, have gotten increasingly involved in IJM’s efforts over the last few years.
According to the Saints’ website, the Watsons were joined by Saints teammate Austin Carr, his wife, Erica, and as many as six NFL players and their wives on the trip to the Dominican Republic this week that spans from Monday to Thursday.
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Source: Christian Post