In Eastern Washington...Mirror Ministries reaches out to trafficked women and girls in the Tri-Cities area

Services are limited in the United States for the number of trafficking victims that need them.  Even so, we have several excellent organizations in Washinton State that are diligently working to help survivors.  One of these is Mirror Ministries, located in the Tri-Cities area of Eastern Washington.

The goal of Mirror Ministries is "...that every survivor we serve will one day be able to look in the mirror and see reflected back a person of inherent dignity and worth. Mirror Ministries advocates come alongside survivors of sex trafficking and help them see themselves the way God created them rather than the way they have been treated."

Sharaya, Human Trafficking Advocate for Mirror Ministries writes this blog post: "Patience and endurance are important strengths to acquire when working with sex trafficking victims. It often takes time to build a healthy relationship with them and it takes patience to help them get back up when they stumble time and time again.  

Lux* is a client I have worked with for several years, watching her stumble repeatedly in her young life. Tri-Cities was not a healthy or safe place for her to live anymore, so we ended up moving her to a safe restoration home in a larger city where she could obtain more housing services. 

...It has not been an easy few years, but God is good! Lux ended up being baptized and loves God with all her heart. She said just the other day that she wished she would have listened to my advice years ago because it would have saved her from a lot of heartache. But she thanks God that He put me in her life and that I never gave up on her."  

We applaud the efforts of Mirror Ministries: persisting, being patient, not giving up, showing His love to others.  Well done.                                                                                                                                     
SAH

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


LEARN & TAKE ACTION

(Note: The information below is borrowed from the  Mirror Ministries website.)  

Your imagination is the limit for education events about human trafficking! You can host a documentary and discussion, hold a prayer meeting, invite a speaker, create a book club, or anything you can dream up! See recommendations below for documentaries.  

Recommended Documentaries:


ON THE READING LIST

Start Something to End Trafficking by David Trotter

You’re aware of human trafficking. Now what? Whether you’re passionate about ending forced labor or sex trafficking, you can start “something” – a project, event, campaign, or organization – to help end trafficking in our world. You have the ability to rally friends, family, or your entire community to accomplish something world-changing. Whether it’s putting on a fundraiser, hosting an awareness event, launching a new initiative at your university, or starting a fair trade business, you have access to all the resources you need to get started.

Designed for college students, 20-somethings, and anyone passionate to help end human trafficking.

(Information from Mirror Ministries website.)

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The next public meeting of Hope4Justice will be in the fall of 2018.  The specific date and information about meeting content will be included in this weekly email as far in advance as possible.

We Celebrated!

Video, volunteers, Hope4Justice events, and the STEP scholarship winner

It was a fun night!  

Cake, punch, and balloons greeted attendees of the Hope4Justice public meeting on 5/15/18.  We started with prayer then footie socks went flying through the air!  Rolled up, tied with a ribbon and labeled "You knock our socks off!" the socks were tossed to volunteers as they were recognized for involvement with Hope4Justice at various events last year.   A quiz about Hope4Justice followed the flying footies and when it was completed, the two people tied for the highest score received Woods Coffee gift cards.  

Next, video participants received t-shirts and gift bags and the "I Didn't Realize..." video was shown for the first time (click here to view).  The finale of the evening was awarding the $1000 STEP scholarship to WWU student, Kyle Graham.  He was chosen because of his efforts to help create awareness about trafficking by putting together the "I Didn't Realize..." video.
 
It was a great time of celebration, recognition, conversation, and an all-around good time!  We're thankful for the opportunities of the past twelve months and  look forward to whatever God has in store for us in the coming year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SAH

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

 

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DISCOVER FAIR TRADE WINES


Buy fair trade wine for National Wine Day, May 25!

In April of 2017, the New York Times published a story exposing the modern day slavery that exists in Italy’s wine industry.  The End Slavery Now websiteprovides info on fair trade wines in their Slave Free Buying Guide.

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


Hope4Justice will be presenting information about human trafficking both here and around the world this comingWednesday, May 23, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street
Blaine, WA 98230.  Come to learn what busy people can do to fight trafficking. 

EMMA'S BRACELET SALES BENEFIT HOPE4JUSTICE
at local craft fair on 5/19

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THE HOPE4JUSTICE CELEBRATION ON 5/15/18

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                                                                Opening with prayer

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Kyle Graham, the WWU winner of a $1000 STEP scholarship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video producers Sherae & Kristin with videographer, Kyle

"Genius Hour" class at LHS inspires teen to get involved with Hope4Justice

Action steps against trafficking:  1: Attend the Hope4Justice public meeting this Tuesday, 5/15/18 from 7-8:30 pm.  Details below.  2: Stop by Emma's booth at the Lynden Craft Fair on Saturday, 5/19/18.  Details below.

Emma makes and sells bracelets.  In December of 2017 she contacted Hope4Justice, asking if it would be ok if she donated a portion of her profits to this organization. 

Our reply was, "Yes, of course!" 

What was it that led Emma, a freshman at Lynden High School, to choose Hope4Justice as a beneficiary? 

She explained that her English teacher, Mrs. Tess Carey, has implemented the concept of "Genius Hour" in her classroom. Based on an idea inspired by Google, Genius Hour encourages creativity and allows students to explore their own passions within the classroom. Combining both research and presentation skills, Mrs. Carey challenges her students to "Change the world with a project that impacts your community."

Examples of projects that have been done in her classes include organizing homework mentors for a 5th grade class, having a blog on peer book reviews, and providing sack breakfasts to the homeless. 

Emma chose to combine her bracelet making skill with a desire to make a difference in the realm of human trafficking.  Thus she looked to support the anti-human trafficking efforts of Hope4Justice.  She says, "The more I learn about it, it seems like it's something that needs to be heard by the community."

You can view and purchase Emma's bracelets on Etsy (search forshopbraceletsbyemma) or view her wares at the Lynden High School Craft Fair on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9am-4pm  in the LHS gym.  Prices range from $2 to $15.  She also plans to hold a raffle with the proceeds to benefit Hope4Justice.

We salute Mrs. Carey for engaging her students in meaningful learning and are honored that Emma would choose to benefit Hope4Justice with her bracelet sales. 

Tess and Emma are awesome examples of how to make a difference by doing what you can, right where you are.

I'd give them both an A!
Sue Ann

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


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Sex Trafficking Victim Files Suit Against Craigslist And Backpage

Since SESTA passed the U.S. Congress and Backpage.com was shut down, lawsuits have been filed on behalf of underage victims sold online for sex.  Click here to read here about a case in Houston, Texas.


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Celebrate with us at the next Hope4Justice public meeting THIS TUESDAY, 5/15/18 at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  

We're saying thanks to volunteers, unveiling our new video, and awarding a $1000 STEP scholarship.  Join us for cake, punch, and celebration!

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

Celebrate with us!

We're celebrating -- and we'd love to have you join us!
Starting at 7:00 pm on May 15, 2018 we'll be:

Showing our new human trafficking awareness video for the very first time.  Created by a volunteer WWU student, it features 9 local student participants ranging in age from 11-18 years old. 

  • Reviewing the activities of the past year and recognizing the volunteers who made each activity possible.
  • Awarding this year's $1000 STEP scholarship.
  • And more!  (A few other fun activities plus cake and punch!)

Join us at the Engedi Counseling Center (directions below) for a time of celebration, learning more about Hope4Justice, and thanking God for the people that lend their time and skills to fight against human trafficking, right here in Whatcom County.  

SAH

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


Emma, a local high school student makes and sells bracelets on Etsy. 

She's chosen to fight trafficking by donating a portion of bracelet sales to Hope4Justice! 

Plan now to visit her booth at the Lynden Craft Sale on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Where: Lynden High School Gym     Time: 9 am - 4 pm

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Child says, "Mom and I hustle" in Albuquerque, New Mexico investigation of child sex trafficking.  Read full article here.