Liberty In Style

Great news from Whatcom County, Washington!  It was a fashion show for a purpose as 18 models from ages 19 to 82 years old walked the runway in 40 fall styled looks from Betty Be Good celebrating 5 years at Birch Bay Square.  The Betty Be Good blog reports:

"When 180 people care about a cause they fill the room with love. Betty’s fashion show fundraiser Liberty In Style was more exciting and uplifting than we could have ever imagined as we raised $10,000 for Engedi Refuge and celebrated the 5th anniversary of Betty Be Good at Birch Bay Square.

"The audience was lively and enthusiastic especially when 82 year old model Elizabeth walked down the runway. We heard from many attendees that the styles were so wearable. This show was quite different from the typical runway show where the clothes are unattainable," said Suzanne Smith, Betty Be Good Owner & benefit organizer. 

Emcee Tara Teng, former Miss Canada 2011-2012, brought tears of joy and sorrow throughout the evening with her passion for the cause. "We are here united in a sisterhood for one cause. Don't you love it when women support and love on other women," Teng echoed through the room. 


On final tally, Liberty In Style raised $10,000 for Engedi Refuge which will fund their recovery programs including trauma counselling, case management, housing, and plenty of other support services to rehabilitate survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.  

"Human trafficking breaks my heart over and over again," said Smith. "But nights like this they mend it and give me hope that we can overcome this problem. We can give survivors hope again."

Click here to see pictures and read more at the Betty Be Good blog!
SAH 


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

LEARN MORE

"Cocoa slaves
battle for justice continues"

 Learn what's going on in the battle of Nestle and Cargill Co. vs. a group of Malians trafficked for forced labor on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast in 2005. Freedomunited.org says, "In the intervening 13 years the case has been appealed, dismissed, and reinstated several times.  A US federal appeals court has now said in a unanimous decision that the group could proceed with its claims despite the alleged abuses having occurred overseas."

According to freedomunited.org, "The case is significant for the plaintiffs’ attempt to secure justice within a country that is not where the slavery in question took place and for attempting to hold the buying company responsible for violations within its supply chain."

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


Save the date: 
 

Rebound of Whatcom County'sannual "Comfort & Joy" event happens on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm at Bellingham Technical College's Settlemyer Hall, 3028 Lindbergh Ave., Bellingham, WA

Details at reboundfamilies.org


ACTION TAKEN

Thank you to all who donated bras to Free The Girls!
 

FreeThe Girls says "SOMETHING SIMPLE can be EXTRAORDINARY"

Their website explains: "The surprising reality is that something simple like bras, can be a vehicle for freedom and hope! Bras are a common item in many households around the world. Many bras in good condition are left sitting in drawers. With our unique model, we allow everyday people to make an impact on a trafficking survivor's life! By collecting bras across North America and other parts of the world, we can ship them to our programs in El Salvador, Mozambique, and Costa Rica, and the women in our program can sell them in the market to make a safe and sustainable income."

Highlights from Hope4Justice panel of Whatcom County law enforcement

Panel members: Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo, Bellingham Police Dept. Sergeant Jay Hart, Bellingham Police Dept. Detective Chris Johnston, Lynden Police Chief John Billester

The October 16th, 2018 Hope4Justice meeting which featured a panel of Whatcom County law enforcement personnel, was enlightening.  Each officer talked about a different angle of trafficking and added their perspective about the issue.  Their overview stated:

  • Trafficking is definitely happening in Whatcom County though it's a fairly invisible crime. Additionally, many victims can't or won't report it.

  • Whatcom  County is a model example of inter-agency cooperation.  County, city, state, and federal law enforcement officials work closely with each other on investigations, interviews, stings, and other activities. (Agencies include city police departments, county sheriff's dept., Lummi police, Homeland Security, Border Patrol, Seattle police, Washington State Patrol, FBI, and even Canadian authorities.)

  • Law enforcement also work closely with community agencies such as DVSAS, Bridgid Collins House, and schools.

Panel members shared examples about individual cases as well as "demand" reduction stings.  This included a 2017 sting which resulted in 21 arrests for soliciting children for sex.  A large number of  “johns” from all walks of life had responded to the offer

Officers noted that the general public can help fight trafficking!  Citizens were encouraged to do the following:

  • Report suspicious activity by calling 911!  Don't wait until a day or two later.  You're not bothering them. Call ASAP!

  • Bring awareness to the issue.  Share what you know with others (one on one, in small groups, on social media, and elsewhere).

  • Get involved with young people and be someone they can turn to and trust. If they have a caring adult in their life there's less chance they'll be lured into trafficking.

  • Support organizations like Engedi Refuge Ministries that provide rescue and restoration services to trafficked victims or ministries that provide support to the homeless and hopeless.

Much more was discussed and I came away with increased appreciation and admiration for the hard work and dedication of law enforcement to this issue (and the many others they deal with).  They approach  horrendous situations with professionalism as they care for victims and apprehend perpetrators.

Hope4Justice sincerely appreciates the time taken by Sheriff Elfo, Sargeant Hart, Detective Johnston, and Chief Billester to inform us about trafficking in Whatcom County.  Please continue to pray for them as they do this challenging work.
SAHWant to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/ 


LEARN MORE

Food for thought:  Check out this article entitled, "FACT: Buying sex makes men more prone to violence against women" fromNordic Model Now!


GET INVOLVED

Do you tweet?  Would you like to tweet on behalf of Hope4Justice?  Email us atinfo@hope4justice.org if interested.

U.S. State Department "Trafficking in Persons Report 2018"

"This year’s report focuses on effective ways local communities can address human trafficking proactively and on how national governments can support and empower them. Local communities are the most affected by this abhorrent crime and are also the first line of defense against human trafficking. By engaging and training law enforcement, religious leaders, teachers, tribal elders, business executives, and communities, we become more vigilant and learn to identify and address vulnerabilities swiftly. Proactive community-driven measures strengthen our ability to protect our most vulnerable and weaken a criminal’s ability to infiltrate, recruit, and exploit. I have experienced firsthand that individuals closest to a problem are often the best resource to solving it, which is why the Department prioritizes equipping and empowering front-line civil society leaders.

"Modern slavery has no place in the world, and I intend to ensure, through diplomatic engagement and increased action, that the United States government’s leadership in combating this global threat is sustained in the years to come." – Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo 

Tuesday, October 16 Hope for Justice will be hosting law enforcement officers from Bellingham, Lynden ,and Whatcom County to share  information about local human trafficking.  Hope4Justice encourages you to pray for all our local law enforcement officers,  The work of a police officer is often a grueling, difficult, and thankless job. But, we also believe that all work on earth can be an extension of Christ’s work/ministry.

A prayer for law enforcement
(A prayer for the protection, wisdom and safety of a law enforcement officer beginning duty}


As I put on my uniform I always look to you.
I know that you commision me To do the work I do.

I ask for your protection For all those that I lead.
I ask for your guidance As we respond to those in need.

I know you see our every move and how we interweave,
to be our watchman, guard and shepard, All so dutifully.

I know you are a forgiving Lord and your love can cover sin.
So I desire to be a great example Of how your grace can win.

Oh help me Lord to serve and care for all those on my team..
To nurture every aspect of their fears and hopes and dreams.

I thank you loving Father for walking with me.
I thank you that as I get dressed You will be with me always.
.
Amen

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

Learn More

Click on the link below should wish to view the TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT 2018   https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/282798.pdf

JOIN US at the 10/16/18 Hope4Justice Public Meeting What: Sheriff Bill Elfo, Detective Chris Johnston and Sgt. Jay Hart from the Bellingham Police Dept., and Officers from the Lynden Police Dept. will share local information about trafficking at the Hope4Justice Public Meeting
When: October 16 from 7:00-8:30 pm.
Where:  Family Room of North County Christ the King,  1816 18th St., Lynden, WA.

Whatcom County law enforcement to speak at Hope4Justice public meeting on October 16th

Sheriff Bill Elfo, Detective Chris Johnston and Sgt. Jay Hart from the Bellingham Police Dept. and officers from the Lynden Police Dept. will be guests of Hope4Justice

What's the scoop on trafficking in Whatcom County?  Join us at the 10/16/18 Hope4Justice public meeting to find out.  We'll be meeting in the Family Room at North County Christ the King, 1816 18th St., Lynden, WA from 7:00-8:30 pm.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline says, "Law enforcement agencies have a critical role to play in anti-human trafficking efforts.  Law enforcement personnel may come into contact with victims of human trafficking in many situations. Whether responding law enforcement agents identify victims during a crisis call, routine traffic stop, or during a long-term investigation, they are in a position to protect and assist victims of trafficking as well as bring traffickers to justice."

We are pleased that all three agencies responded enthusiastically to our invitation to speak!  We're looking forward to hearing from them and hope you can join us.

Bring a friend along with you!
SAH

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

OTHER HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


Liberty in Style Fashion Show
When: Thursday, October 11th, 5-9pm
Where: Betty Be Good Boutique, Birch Bay Square, Unit #202 - across from Woods Coffee
What: Celebrate five years of fashion with Betty Be Good in an evening to benefit survivors of sexual exploitation.  Benefiting Engedi Refuge.

Enjoy a fashion show, refreshments, nibbles, music, prizes and a community joined together in a stand for liberty. 

Tickets $20 includes $10 boutique voucher, valid October 11th only.  (Tickets can be purchased online HERE.)


TAKE ACTION
 

Check to see if there are one or more gently used bras at your house that can be donated toFree the Girls

Bring them (plus $1 per bra for international shipping) to the 10/16 Hope4Justice public meeting and we'll make sure they're sent to Free the Girls to help women in Mozambique, El Salvador, and Uganda live free & empowered lives.

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