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.)

Human Trafficking of Child Soldiers


One of the most deplorable Human trafficking developments in recent years has been the increasing use of young children as soldiers.  The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) defines child soldiers as "any child—boy or girl—under eighteen years of age, who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity."  Children as young as 8 are being ripped from their families and thrown into war. If they leave, they are left with no education, no shelter, no food, and no help for their physical and mental scars.
 Armed conflict throughout the world makes children vulnerable to be trafficked and to becoming child soldiers. Abduction is the most common method by which child soldier recruitment takes place. The reckless and easily influenced nature of children makes them easy targets for traffickers, who view them as expendable. Some children are forced to take part in atrocities against their own families and neighbors to stigmatize them and ensure that they are unable to return to their communities. As soldiers, children often witness or commit horrifying atrocities including rape, beheadings, amputations, and burning people alive.
Those who are fortunate enough to survive their military experience are often left with severe mental health problems. Witnessing killing, and especially taking part in it, is particularly harmful to a child, who is still developing psychologically and emotionally. Children associated with military forces also face a higher risk of being sexually abused by adults or other children in their military group. Such traumatic events can disrupt children’s development, staying with them for the rest of their lives.
Hope4Justice encourages you to pray that representatives from around the world (United Nations, UNICEF, etc.) bring about global consensus that child soldiers should not be used in conflict.

Below is a Joint statement by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict:
https://childrenandarmedconflict.un.org/ending-the-use-of-child-soldiers/
 

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY

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


TAKE ACTION

Student Trafficking Education Project
"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.

You & I don't have anything to do with slavery. Or do we?

Action step against trafficking: Reserve your seat at the Engedi Gala -- and bring a friend with you!  (Details below)

Who plays a part in slavery?

Certainly not you or me.  Or do we?

I don't want to be a part of slavery and I assume you don't either.  I believe I can safely say both of us want to be part of the solution -- not part of the problem.

But reading articles and books is not enough.  Sharing posts on Facebook is not enough.  Wearing our Hope4Justice t-shirts is not enough.  All of those actions are good but more needs to be done.  

So.... what then?  What can you and I do to help eradicate slavery? 

Our lifestyle is part of the problem.  Slaves are used to make many of the items we buy.  If you've never taken the Slavery Footprint survey (or it's been awhile since you did)  go to www.slaveryfootprint.org  to take it. When finished, you'll be told how many slaves "work for you."    (It's an eye-opener!  I was surprised to learn that I have 55 slaves working for me... Yikes!!) 

The Slavery Footprint will also tell you how to encourage companies to address slavery in their supply chain and  how to use your purchasing power to reward those companies that are taking steps against slavery.

I encourage you to take (or re-take) the survey then take the next suggested step toward eradicating slavery. 

Together we can do it!
SAHWant to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


RESTORING HOPE GALA - 4/13/19

 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


TAKE ACTION

Remind students to apply
for the
"STEP"scholarship

 It is 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.

Happenings in Olympia

Action steps against trafficking: 1 - Email your representatives to take action on SB 5164 and SB 5885 (see information below).  2 - Learn about and contact legislators to support SB 5744/HB 1775 to end criminalization for child sex trafficking survivors and SB 5649/HB 1234 to expand protections for survivors.

Legislation in Olympia
regarding trafficking

In 2018 the state of Washington earned an "A" grade from Shared Hope's Protected Innocence Challenge.  This rating evaluates the laws of each state in the U.S. regarding domestic minor sex trafficking.  Six different components of law are reviewed: 

  • Criminalization of domestice minor sex trafficking

  • Criminal provisions addressing demand

  • Criminal provisions fo traffickers

  • Criminal provisions for facilitators

  • Protective provisions for child victims

  • Criminal justice tools for investigation and prosecutions

Way to go, Washington State! 

And though we're doing well, our lawmakers aren't satisfied; they think more can and should be done. The current legislative session has put forth additional measures to help victims of trafficking. 

March 9, 2019 publication from the office of Senator Rebecca Saldana, D-Seattle, reported, "The Senate unanimously passed legislation (SB 5164) today to provide public assistance to certain victims of human trafficking by expanding eligibility for state food assistance, family assistance, and medical care services programs."   Senator Saldana said, “This legislation removes the barriers to critical life-saving services when people are in their most vulnerable moment and most need them.  I am proud to have worked with API-CHAYA, Seattle Against Slavery, and Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, who are the frontline leaders in eliminating trafficking in Washington State.”

Additionally, KIMAtv.com reported on 3/11/19 about a second bill, also passing unanimously in the Washington State Senate.  KIMA TV said, "The state Senate passed a bill on Monday allowing children’s statements outside of court proceedings to be utilized in prosecution of human-trafficking."  The bill, 5885, was introduced by Senator Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley.  He says it is a measure that will help spare victims additional trauma.

“This bill will offer a tool for the prosecution of trafficking cases involving children,” Padden said. “Many of these children have already suffered severe abuse from pimps and even their own families. In some cases, the children are themselves homeless and difficult to locate when a hearing is held. Prosecutors will have to be careful how they use this exception to the rule, but we have been able to utilize it successfully in other areas of the law.”

Unanimous, bi-partisan efforts on trafficking issues.  Well done, Senators.  Let's hope the House passes these pieces of legislation in the same manner.
SAH

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


RESTORING HOPE GALA - 4/13/19
 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

 

TAKE ACTION

Student Trafficking Education Project
"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.

Cups of Hope is this week!

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$5 Donation = Coffee from Woods = A Yummy Way to Support Rebound


THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019

Do you drink coffee?  If so, head to Woods Coffee this Friday to support Rebound of Whatcom County while enjoying your favorite coffee.  And take a friend with you!

The Rebound website explains, "Donate $5 or more to Rebound of Whatcom County, and get any 12oz. coffee drink FOR FREE at all Woods Coffee locations in Whatcom County.

Your purchase goes directly to support Rebound’s Programs in our community…learn more by contacting Yvonne at yvonne@reboundfamilies.org"

I'm not a coffee drinker but I think I'll ask if the same offer goes for tea.  See you at a Woods Coffee location next Friday!
SAH

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit  www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/ 

Josh Parriera speaks to national audiences

International Saints & Abolitionists board chairman Josh Parriera has been busy educating wide-ranging audiences about the connection between sex trafficking & pornography.  

In February, Josh was featured on the Paul Begley show.  His remarks now live on YouTube!  Click HERE to listen.

In early March, Josh posted on Facebook about speaking at the NSA 2019 conference.  He says, "Had a great opportunity last week to be a speaker at the National Sheltered Alliance Conference in Kentucky.  Connecting the dots on how we can decrease/kill the demand for sex trafficking by fighting pornography in our own lives and our culture. 
Join the fight!"


Great stuff!!  Check out International Saints & Abolitionists on their website or on Facebook.

 


HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


RESTORING HOPE GALA - 4/13/19

 
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

The American Dream... not

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.)

The American Dream
turns out to be trafficking

Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida and several prominent US men have recently been in the news.  A USA Today article on 2/24/19 reported, "It's not yet clear how many victims will be identified in the law enforcement sting of illicit massage parlors in Florida that are suspected of being part of an international human trafficking ring, but several high-profile names have been charged with soliciting, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, billionaire equity firm owner and prominent Republican donor John Childs and Johnny DelPrete, the longtime boyfriend of an LPGA star. They deny the charges." 

USA Today says, "A massage parlor may not be what people have in mind when they hear "modern-day slavery," but advocates hope this case is eye-opening to the human trafficking happening in communities large and small across the nation.

The article goes on to say, "Immigrant victims often are promised high-paying jobs in the U.S. but are forced into sex work once they arrive, experts say."  Sadly, their hope of a better life in America instead becomes a reality involving force, fraud, and coercion. 

“All the victims I serve, they all had a family, they all came here for a dream, the land of opportunity. This is what America is about: the land of opportunity, the freedom,” Chen says. “Their dream got distorted by people who manipulated the situation and are using them. The sad thing, I remember talking to the victims saying, ‘Did you know that you were going to do work such as this?’ And they say: ‘No, we don’t know. We don’t know anything.’"

These situations break my heart. 

Let's pray for traffickers and customers to be exposed, lies to be revealed, and victims to be freed and healed.
SAH

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/


UPDATE
 

In 2018, we featured an article on Chris Lease, BPD officer and IJM volunteer.  Recently Whatcom Talk wrote about Chris and his overseas rescue work with International Justice Mission.  Read the article HERE.

We salute Officer Lease and his passion for justice in this dark world.
 

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


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


TAKE ACTION

Student Trafficking Education Project
"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.