Sex-Trafficking: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child

Action step against trafficking:  Encourage a WWU, WCC, or Whatcom County high school student to apply for the Hope4Justice STEP -- Student Trafficking Education Project -- scholarship.  (Details below.)

Sex-Trafficking: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child

From Focus on the Family

America's children are lured, tricked, abducted, and coerced into sex trafficking.  With the hope of helping parents protect their children from this evil, Focus on the Family has a developed a series of articles about trafficking.  The first one explains, "There are dozens of various ways that men and women abduct young boys and girls into the sex-trafficking industry in the United States every day. Many of these methods are very high-tech, rely on advanced psychological manipulation. Some sex trafficking occurs right under parents’ noses as they are unaware of what their children are doing when they are inside or outside the home.

The numbers of sex-trafficked victims in the U.S. is increasing every year, despite growing efforts by groups to fight this crime. Many Americans remain unaware of the severity of the problem and the fact that, despite Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, the slave trade is alive and thriving in this country."

The series of articles includes: 

Focus on the Family says, "When confronted with the reality — and enormity — of sex trafficking, it is easy to become overwhelmed and be tempted to ignore the topic. That impulse, according to author Nita Belles, is exactly what the traffickers want all parents, grandparents, and concerned adults to do: Don’t think about it, don’t talk about it, and don’t act to prevent it."
 Instead, let's do the opposite: Let's think about it, talk about it and take action to prevent it.  Our children are worth it!
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Restoring Hope Gala
Saturday, April 13, 2019

 Engedi Refuge says, "You can help bring safety, comfort, and hope to victims of sex trafficking by joining us at our 2019 Restoring Hope fundraising gala. This event is an amazing opportunity for community partners like you to share this mission with your friends and associates by inviting them to a night of celebration, inspiration, fun, and meaningful charity. You make all the difference in ensuring the message of hope continues to be carried to survivors of trafficking!!"

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019. Registration opens at 5:30, dinner served at 6:30
Where: Four Points by Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham WA 98229
Cost: Single ticket; $65; Table Sponsorship of 8 is $500.

Click HERE to register for the Gala





Student Trafficking EducationProject
"STEP" scholarship

There is still time for students to complete trafficking awareness activities and apply for the 2019 Hope4Justice STEP scholarship

Three $1000 scholarships are available - one each to a WCC student, a WWU student, and a Whatcom County high school student. 

DEADLINE for submission is April 15, 2019 

Students must satisfactorally complete at least 20 hours of trafficking awareness activity.  Click on the items below for details about the STEP scholarship.