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.

 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.