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

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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.


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
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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 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



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