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