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

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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?"


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!
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