Mirror Ministries Serves Minor Trafficking Victims in Washington State

There aren't many organizations serving trafficking victims in the United States and even fewer serve minor victims.  But Mirror Ministries in Richland, Washington has taken on the task of serving girls and women in the Tri-Cities area. 

Their 2017 Donor Recap newsletter says, "Mirror Ministries has served 44 new clients in 2017 alone, as well as continuing with countless others until they are ready for a new life. Mirror's sex-trafficking hotline, which we staff 24 hours a day, received 410 calls last year. Mirror continued to provide ongoing community education: in 2017 we presented over 120 training sessions to local schools, businesses, and agencies! Because of your generous partnership, we have brought on two full-time Advocates to work with these victims and survivors of sex-trafficking, and help educate our community."

I've met and talked with Tricia and Gary McFarland, founders of Mirror Ministries and The Sold Experience.  They are dedicated to fighting trafficking.  Starting with a passion for the issue, they have steadily taken steps to increase awareness and serve victims.

I salute them!  They are truly making a difference -- right here in Washington State.
Sue Ann

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


DANA'S BLOG
Have you been following Dana's blog of her trip to Cambodia?  It takes you right into the heart of trafficking situations. 

On Day 10, she shares about visiting The Lord's Gym, an outreach of (Agape International Ministries (AIM) to Cambodian men.  Dana says, "As we entered a dozen or so young Cambodian Men were practicing the art of kickboxing. We toured the facility and discussed another one of AIM's approaches which is to prevent and restore those who could be or who are current pimps and traffickers.  Through this gym, AIM is being able to see first hand the influence of this ministry as they are converting the pimps and traffickers, changing them from the inside out. Turning them into protectors instead of predators." 

To read more about pimps, both in Cambodia and the U.S., click HERE

ON THE CALENDAR
3-10-18: Engedi Refuge 2018 Annual Gala:"Restoring Hope"   

When:  Saturday, March 10, 2018        
Where: Four Points by Sheraton,714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA.  Registration opens at 5:30; Dinner begins at 6:30
Cost: Single ticket: $55; Sponsorship for table of 10: $600
Click HERE  to purchase tickets

4-11-18: Skagit Coalition Against Trafficking (SKCAT) Conference
When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Where: Swinomish Casino, Anacortes
Details to come!


5-10-18: Men of Dignity "A Men's Rally for Holiness"
When: May 5, 2018; 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Hillcrest Chapel, Bellingham, WA
Details at www.MenofDignity.com

Behind the scenes... Businesses fight trafficking via SEDEX

This week, Lisa, a Hope4Justice participant, shared information  about an organization called SEDEX .  Lisa described SEDEX as "a data exchange system where suppliers post information about their sourcing and employment practices, so the customers can see how they are addressing the issues of forced labor and slavery in their supply chain."  

A quick online investigation of the SEDEX website revealed the statement, "Our members form a global community of leaders who want to make it simpler to do business that’s good for everyone."  To reach this goal, SEDEX offers video training, conferences, surveys, guides, webinars, and more.  SEDEX's 47,000 members in 150 countries "...cover a wide number of industries and sectors across the world."

It's encouraging to know that organizations like SEDEX exist and businesses are using their services to ensure slave-free supply chains.  Well done!  (And thank you to Lisa for sharing this information!)
Sue Ann


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


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Dana's Blog


Day 9 of Dana's blog gives a short history lesson of the 18th and 19th century slave trade and the Underground Railroad.  Now reincarnated, both the slave trade and Operation Underground Railroad rely on modern technology and global travel. Although the methodology has changed, much is the same as before. 

Dana asks a key question, "We need to realize that we are dealing with the same problems.  These same problems have just manifested  in different ways. Just with different excuses.  Ask yourself a question. 
Do you think that if you were alive in that era of the 1800's, that you would stand up against Slavery and be an Abolitionist?"


ON THE CALENDAR


2-20-18: Hope4Justice Public Meeting: See details in column at right.

3-10-18: Engedi Refuge 2018 Annual Gala:"Restoring Hope"  

When:  Saturday, March 10, 2018        
Where: Four Points by Sheraton,714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA.  Registration opens at 5:30; Dinner begins at 6:30
Cost: Single ticket: $55; Sponsorship for table of 10: $600
Click HERE  to purchase tickets

4-11-18: Skagit Coalition Against Trafficking (SKCAT) Conference


When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Where: Swinomish Casino, Anacortes
Details to come!
 
JOIN US
The next Hope4Justice quarterly public is THIS Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 7-9:00 pm.   It will be a film night featuring, "The Abolitionists." (Note extended time due to length of movie.) 


Location: Engedi Refuge Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264. .  

 

Directions to Engedi Counseling Center: Going north on Guide Meridian, just after the Wiser Lake roundabout and immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway.  Engedi Counseling Center is the second building on the left

More ways to combat trafficking 911 dispatchers and hotel employees can help

Last week's email spotlighted how Michigan State Police are encouraging plumbers, electricians, cable providers, and other service providers to watch for signs of trafficking as they go about their daily tasks.

Others having contact with the public can help too.  

A  February 4, 2018 Seattle Times article reported that 911 dispatchers recently received training on how to spot sex trafficking.  The training was made possible by a $50,000 state grant awarded to the Human Trafficking Task Force of Clark County, a coalition composed of over a dozen local agencies.

Now, Jodi Gaylord, dispatch supervisor with Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA), asks herself, “Could this be a sex-trafficking situation?   She says, "It crosses my mind more so now when I’m looking at calls."

Another effort in our state is the training of hotel employees to be aware of the warning signs of human trafficking.  The curriculum provided by BEST (Business Ending Slavery and Trafficking), explains how "...hotel employees can identify, safely intervene, and report potential human trafficking activities."  This curriculum has been in use for while and a Spanish version  was just recently created.  The Snohomish County Lodging Association understood the need for this as many in the work force of member hotels are Spanish speaking.

Shawn Walker, Vice President of Operations and Human Resources at 360 Hotel Group in Lynnwood, says, " When we can communicate in someone’s native language, especially on a deeply emotional subject like human trafficking, we create better understanding, connection, and trust. This gives all of us the greatest opportunity to have our teams recognize and report situations that could make a huge difference in someone’s life.” 

Little by little our society can weave efforts to fight trafficking into the fabric of life.  What else should be done?  And how would you do it?
Sue Ann

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


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The first seven days of Dana P's blog have been challenging to read.  But as hard as it may be to read about trafficking in Cambodia, it is indescribably harder for those forced to actually live through trafficking.

Day eight, titled "Halls of hope and broken locks"  is more uplifting.  To enjoy it, click here.


UPCOMING

2-20-18: Hope4Justice Public Meeting: See details in column at right.

3-10-18: Engedi Refuge 2018 Annual Gala:"Restoring Hope"  

When:  Saturday, March 10, 2018        
Where: Four Points by Sheraton,714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA.  Registration opens at 5:30; Dinner begins at 6:30
Cost: Single ticket: $55; Sponsorship for table of 10: $600
Click HERE  to purchase tickets

4-11-18: Skagit Coalition Against Trafficking (SKCAT) Conference

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Where: Swinomish Casino, Anacortes
Details to come!
 

 


JOIN US


The next Hope4Justice quarterly public meeting will be on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 7-9:00 pm.   It will be a film night featuring, "The Abolitionists." (Note extended time due to length of movie.) 

Location: Engedi Refuge Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264. .  Put it on your calendar now!


Directions to Engedi Counseling Center: From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the second building on the left

 


TAKE ACTION


Many mainstream corporations and power players in our society contribute to our sexually exploitative culture every day. That’s why every year the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) names and shames 12 mainstream contributors to our culture of sexual exploitation through their Dirty Dozen List. NCOSE invites you to watch the livestream of our 2018 Dirty Dozen List launch press conference this Monday, February 12 at 1:00pm EST! You can watch it on their Facebook page or at DirtyDozenList.com.

Michigan State Police video tells service providers they have a unique chance to identify trafficking

People working in the service industries are able to see the inside of many homes and could be key to identifying trafficking situations.  From gas company employees to plumbers and electricians to cable providers and more, there are many people with opportunities to save trafficked victims if they are alert and know what to look for.
The Michigan State police video says, "Workers who are in people's homes on a day-to-day basis are a critical part of identifying potential cases of human trafficking and combating this horrific crime."
Service providers that notice bars, locks, or other barriers meant to keep people in rather than out or who catch a glimpse of a child snatched back from a window are encouraged to report their suspicions to a trafficking hotline.
Great idea!  And as community members, all of us can do this.  It can be as simple as paying attention, noticing when something doesn't seem right, then making a call.  
The trafficking hotline number is 1-888-373-7888.
Sue Ann

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


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Poverty, Rahab's House, room #9, rescuing, virgin sales, convincing the rescued their value isn't based on selling themselves and more... Day 7 of Dana P's blog tells of visiting Svey Pak, Cambodia, a village known for child sex trafficking.  Click HERE to learn more.


UPCOMING
2-20-18: Hope4Justice Public Meeting: See details in column at right.

3-10-18: Engedi Refuge 2018 Annual Gala:"Restoring Hope"  

When:  Saturday, March 10, 2018        
Where: Four Points by Sheraton,714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA.  Registration opens at 5:30; Dinner begins at 6:30
Cost: Single ticket: $55; Sponsorship for table of 10: $600
Click HERE  to purchase tickets

4-11-18: Skagit Coalition Against Trafficking (SKCAT) Conference
When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Where: Swinomish Casino, Anacortes
Details to come!

TAKE ACTION
JUST DO IT!
End Slavery Now says, "This year, make it a point to plan an entire year of anti-slavery activism. Whether your activism is in the form of spreading education/awareness, joining/volunteering at an anti-slavery organization, or attending abolitionist events, plan to do at least one form of anti-slavery activism for every month of the year."


JOIN US
The next Hope4Justice quarterly public meeting will be on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 7-9:00 pm.   It will be a film night featuring, "The Abolitionists." (Note extended time due to length of movie.) 
Location: Engedi Refuge Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264. .  Put it on your calendar now!
Directions to Engedi Counseling Center: From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the second building on the left