Join us and our primary partners on 6/20/17!

Hear about Rebound, Engedi Refuge Ministries and IJM and why we partner with them 

While Hope4Justice recognizes the value of and cheers on several groups, we have primary partnerships with Rebound of Whatcom CountyEngedi Refuge Ministries, and International Justice Mission.

Hope4Justice believes in working with others to fight the issue of domestic and international human trafficking. We focus on awareness but that's not all that needs to be done.

Prevention efforts are desperately needed in this fight and that's where Rebound of Whatcom County comes in.  Its services to vulnerable local kids and families are a critical part of anti-trafficking efforts.

After trafficking has occurred, restoration services such as those provided by Engedi Refuge Ministries offer help and healing to trafficked victims.

Hope4Justice came into being as the direct result of a message by IJM's founder, Gary Haugen, at CTK Bellingham in September 2011.  Because of this we chose International Justice Mission as a partner in global anti-trafficking efforts. Though it may sometimes be difficult to understand how we can impact victims halfway around the world, IJM provides  a connection and method to make a huge difference if we're willing to make the effort.

Our June 20th public meeting focuses on these three partners -- with reports on local student efforts as well.  We hope you'll join us at Engedi Refuge Counseling Center from 7-8:30 pm to learn more about these awesome organizations! (Driving directions below.)

Together we can make a difference,
Sue Ann


Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/ 
LEARN MORE
For educators and/or anyone who works with children: 
DSHS is offering trainings on "RESPONDING TO THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH"

FREE trainings will provide information on the what, who, how, and why of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth.
 
Morning session (9am-12pm)

  • Discussion of the topic
  • Identification and “red flags”
  • Overview of local intervention resources.

Afternoon session (1pm-4pm)

  • Safety planning
  • Direct service to survivors of exploitation
  • How CSEC uniquely affects male identifying youth.


August Option: 8/10/2017 at St Luke’s Educational Center 3333 Squalicum Pwky, Bellingham, WA 98225.

Morning Session is 9am-12 noon. (register here)
Afternoon Session is 1pm - 4 pm. (register here)

Note: Additional scheduled trainings are 10/19/17 and 12/14/17 if you're not able to attend in August.
TAKE ACTION
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 23rd
 to help set up for Rebound's Ray of Hope Summer Day Program.  Help set up camp at Silver Beach Elementary School starting at 9 am and working until 3:30 pm. Lunch will be served at noon until 1 PM.  Volunteer for the morning shift, afternoon shift, or both! Contact Shelli at 360-714-0700 to sign up.


JOIN US
Hope4Justice public meetings
are from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Engedi Coundseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.

Directions: 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
 

It's never enough From Seth Godin's 12/28/16 blog; shared by Hope4Justice member Dan

"It's never enough.
It's not enough.

There are more people, better off, with more freedom, more agency and more power than at any other time in our history.

That's not enough.

As we use technology and culture to create more health, more access and more dignity for more people, we keep reminding ourselves how inadequate it is in the face of the injustice and pain that remains.

That's how we get better.

We must focus on the less fortunate and the oppressed not because the world isn't getting better but because it is.

It's our attention to those on the fringes that causes the world to get better."

Thanks to Dan W. for sharing this thought provoking blog entry.


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


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For educators and/or anyone who works with children: 

DSHS is offering trainings on "RESPONDING TO THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH"
 
FREE trainings will provide information on the what, who, how, and why of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth.

Morning session (9am-12pm)

  • Discussion of the topic
  • Identification and “red flags”
  • Overview of local intervention resources.

Afternoon session (1pm-4pm)

  • Safety planning
  • Direct service to survivors of exploitation
  • How CSEC uniquely affects male identifying youth.


August Option: 8/10/2017 at St Luke’s Educational Center 3333 Squalicum Pwky, Bellingham, WA 98225.

Morning Session is 9am-12 noon. (register here)
Afternoon Session is 1pm - 4 pm. (register here)

Note: Additional scheduled trainings are 10/19/17 and 12/14/17 if you're not able to attend in August.
 
TAKE ACTION

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 23rd to help set up for Rebound's Ray of Hope Summer Day Program.  Help set up camp at Silver Beach Elementary School starting at 9 am and working until 3:30 pm. Lunch will be served at noon until 1 PM.  Volunteer for the morning shift, afternoon shift, or both! Contact Shelli at 360-714-0700 to sign up.

 JOIN US

Save the date for the next  Hope4Justice public meeting on 6/20/17
We'll be hearing from Rebound's new director, Mark Kadel, a leader from Engedi Refuge and Hope4Justice members reporting on project plans!
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Place: Engedi Learning Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  
Directions: 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

Emojis & trafficking Those cute little symbols may have a not-so-innocent meaning on Craigslist or Backpage

A recent article on emojis and trafficking recently caught my attention.  Jennifer Van Grove from the San Diego Union-Tribune reported the following, "Innocuous though they may seem, emojis, or the symbol-based form of communication — such as hearts, crowns and cherries — have been hijacked by those wishing to hawk sex trafficking services through online websites without detection.

The link was recently uncovered by San Diego State University Information Systems Master’s Program graduate Jessica Whitney and her thesis advisor Dr. Murray Jennex as they sought to further decode the language of sex traffickers, who communicate out in the open but in code — particularly about underage victims — in online dating forums offered by sites such as Craigslist and Backpage.
     According to the research, the most prominent emoji indicators of trafficking are the rose, rosette, cherry, cherry blossom, growing heart, airplane, and crown. The growing heart and cherry, for instance, highlight that the victim being trafficked is a minor, whereas an airplane relates that a person will be in town for a temporary amount of time."

     The good news is that  "...Whitney and Jennex’s research has laid a foundation for an automated monitoring tool, which, if developed, could aid law enforcement officials in more quickly and accurately locating potential victims."  (Read the full article HERE.)
     Keeping up with the tricks used by traffickers can be a challenge. Well done, Jessica Whitney and Dr. Murray Jennex!
Sue Ann

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


LEARN MORE
For educators and/or anyone who works with children: 
DSHS is offering trainings on "RESPONDING TO THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH"

FREE trainings will provide information on the what, who, how, and why of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth.

Morning session (9am-12pm)

  • Discussion of the topic
  • Identification and “red flags”
  • Overview of local intervention resources.

Afternoon session (1pm-4pm)

  • Safety planning
  • Direct service to survivors of exploitation
  • How CSEC uniquely affects male identifying youth.

June Option: 6/8/2017 at East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Road Maple Falls, WA 98226
Morning Session is 9am -12noon(register here)
Afternoon Session is 1 pm-4pm (register here)

August Option: 8/10/2017 at St Luke’s Educational Center 3333 Squalicum Pwky, Bellingham, WA 98225.
Morning Session is 9am-12 noon. (register here)
Afternoon Session is 1pm - 4 pm. (register here)
Note: Additional scheduled trainings are 10/19/17 and 12/14/17 if you're not able to attend in June or August.


TAKE ACTION
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 23rd to help set up for Rebound's Ray of Hope Summer Day Program.  Help set up camp at Silver Beach Elementary School starting at 9 am and working until 3:30 pm. Lunch will be served at noon until 1 PM.  Volunteer for the morning shift, afternoon shift, or both! Contact Shelli at 360-714-0700 to sign up.


JOIN US
Save the date for the next  Hope4Justice public meeting on 6/20/17

We'll be hearing from Rebound's new director, Mark Kadel as well as Hope4Justice members reporting on project plans!
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Place: Engedi Learning Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  
Directions: 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
 

Encouragement to keep going From John Wesley and William Wilberforce

Characters of history can and do continue to influence the future.  According to Colson Center Breakpoint, May 22,2017, William Wilberforce was an 18th century abolitionist and statesman that "faced bitter and powerful opposition to his work to end the slave trade for more than two decades. But he never gave up."
Breakpoint shared the story of "a tired Wilberforce, sitting in his chair studying the Bible. An old letter that he had saved “fluttered from between its pages,” from none other than John Wesley.Wilberforce re-read the letter: “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing,” Wesley wrote, “you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? Oh, be not weary of well-doing.”
     We need encouragement when the task we face seems overwhelming, even insurmountable.  Fighting human trafficking can seem like that: the numbers are huge, it happens worldwide, and, well, the evil of trafficking seems to be prevailing.
Can we persist?  Can we work to end trafficking day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year -- even if it takes decades?  Can we be encouraged by the little victories: increased awareness, more rescues, more businesses putting policies and procedures in place to eliminate trafficking in their product line?
     I say YES! Let's keep a copy of John Wesley's words close so we don't forget them.  Let's encourage each other to continue the fight.  Let's cheer each small victory, knowing that they add up to BIG steps forward.

And let's not be weary in well doing.  Millions of enslaved victims are counting on us.
Sue Ann


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


LEARN MORE
Trainings on "RESPONDING TO THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH"
FREE trainings will provide information on the what, who, how, and why of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth.
Morning session (9am-12pm):

  • Discussion of the topic
  • Identification and “red flags”
  • Overview of local intervention resources.

Afternoon session (1pm-4pm):

  • Safety planning
  • Direct service to survivors of exploitation
  • How CSEC uniquely affects male identifying youth.

June Option: 6/8/2017 at East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Road Maple Falls, WA 98226
Morning Session is 9am -12noon(register here)
Afternoon Session is 1 pm-4pm(register here)
August Option: 8/10/2017 at St Luke’s Educational Center 3333 Squalicum Pwky, Bellingham, WA 98225.
Morning Session is 9am-12 noon. (register here)
Afternoon Session is 1pm - 4 pm. (register here)
Note: Additional scheduled trainings are 10/19/17 and 12/14/17 if you're not able to attend in June or August.


HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY

Upcoming showing of
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls
On SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017 at 7 pm
Engedi Refuge Ministries will be showing the video Nefarious: Merchant of Souls at Hillcrest Chapel, 1400 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225.  This documentary tells the truth about sex trafficking with compassion and tenderness, while exposing its heartbreaking reality. Admission is free.  A question/answer period will follow. 

TAKE ACTION
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 23rd to help set up for Rebound's Ray of Hope Summer Day Program.  Help set up camp at Silver Beach Elementary School starting at 9 am and working until 3:30 pm. Lunch will be served at noon until 1 PM.  Volunteer for the morning shift, afternoon shift, or both! Contact Shelli at 360-714-0700 to sign up.

JOIN US
Save the date for Hope4Justice's June public meeting on 6/20/17

We'll be hearing from Rebound's new director, Mark Kadel as well asHope4Justice members reporting on project plans!
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Place: Engedi Learning Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  Directions: 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

Some thoughts from an FBI agent about trafficking

At the May 16, 2017 public Hope4Justice meeting, FBI Agent Shannon Meyer shared a glimpse of FBI efforts against human trafficking. She told about the annual "Operation Cross Country" effort. She mentioned the fact that gangs are increasingly involved and that gun and drug trafficking, as well as human trafficking, are huge on the I-5 corridor. She also spoke about the fact that reductions in funding have reduced 39 U.S. task forces (addressing trafficking) to just 16.

But more than any fact that Shannon shared, it was her heart for people that caught my attention.  She stressed the need for respectful communication and relationships with different communities.  She's seen that life isn't fair as evidenced by the fact that sometimes a young person decides it's better to stay with a pimp who beats her and prostitutes her than to go back and deal with what's happening in her own home. She talked about the wreckage and tragedy of child sex trafficking.

Shannon Meyer is a caring FBI agent working every day to fight what's wrong with our world.  I applaud her efforts, appreciate her passion, and thank her for being willing to do such a tough job.

Sue AnnWant to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/ 


HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


Upcoming showing of
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls


On SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017 at 7 pm
Engedi Refuge Ministries will be showing the video Nefarious: Merchant of Souls at Hillcrest Chapel, 1400 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225.  This documentary tells the truth about sex trafficking with compassion and tenderness, while exposing its heartbreaking reality. Admission is free.  A question/answer period will follow. 


TAKE ACTION

Skagit Coalition Against Trafficking (SKAT) contacted Hope4Justice with an online petition for you to read and consider signing.This change.org petition asks Congress to pass a law that would close the loop holes for Backpage and other online sites that sell children. Read and sign the petition HERE.

JOIN US
Hope4Justice public meetings
are from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Engedi Learning Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  (From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)

FBI fights trafficking

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes as FBI agents (and other law enforcement) investigate crimes. Below are some recent headlines about FBI efforts and a reminder about our guest speaker on 5/16/17, FBI Victim Specialist Shannon Meyer.

  • FBI SPEAKER ON May 16th: This week's Hope4Justice public meeting features Shannon Meyer, FBI Victim Specialist. Join us at 7 pm on Tuesday, 5/16/17at Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA.  (See below for details about the speaker and directions to meeting location.)
  • FBI CASE RESULTS IN 30 YEAR SENTENCE: On May 7th, the FBI announced"The creator and lead administrator of what was believed to be the world’s largest child pornography website—with more than 150,000 users around the world—was sentenced this week to 30 years in prison."   Special Agent Dan Alfin commented on the investigation leading to Stephen Chase's arrest and prosecution, "It's the same with any criminal violation: As they get smarter, we adapt, we find them.  It's a cat-and-mouse game, except it's not a game.  Kids are being abused, and it's our job to stop that."  (Read the full article HERE.)
  • FBI ARRESTS: "Six people were arrested in Western Washington last week after a lengthy investigation into an organized criminal ring that made hundreds of thousands of dollars through the prostitution of Asian sex workers, according to U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes."
    (Read more HERE)

Cheers for the FBI!  We're thankful for the dedication and hard work of our FBI agents.  Let's pray for their safety and continued success in combating the darkness of this world.
SAH

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


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Guest Speaker: Shannon Meyer, FBI Victim Specialist
When: 7:00 pm on 5/16/17
Where: Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264 

Shannon will outline the role of the FBI in addressing Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation nationally, as well as in this region of the country. She will also discuss the ways in which the FBI can support local organizations in their work, with special attention paid to the role that Victim Specialists can play in these endeavors.


TAKE ACTION

You can help Royal Family Kids Camp efforts!

 If you'd like to contribute supplies to help make this summer's camp a success, check out the list below and bring your item(s) to the May 16th Hope4Justice Public Meeting.

  • Craft supplies
  • Art materials
  • Dress-up clothing
  • Office supplies
  • Photo printing paper
  • Snacks

(Email bellingham.rfkc@gmail.com with questions or for more information.)

JOIN US
Hope4Justice public meetings
are from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Engedi Learning Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  (From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Shannon Meyer, FBI at the May 16, 2017 Hope4Justice public meeting

We are excited to announce that Dr. Shannon Meyer will be our guest speaker at the next Hope4Justice public meeting. Shannon has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specific clinical and empirical expertise in violence and victimization as well as advanced training in trauma and PTSD.
 
She has presented the results of her work at professional conferences, has published in peer review journals, and has served as an expert witness in District, Superior, and Supreme Courts in New York and Washington State.
 
Shannon is currently a Victim Specialist with the FBI, serves as a member of the Seattle FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Team, and teaches at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Additionally, she teaches at Seattle University where she is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice.
 
Shannon is happily married to a retired Law Enforcement Executive and has a daughter who is just finishing her first year of college. She hopes to certify her young German Shepherd as a Crisis Response Canine, with a focus on serving the needs of first responders.
  
At the May 16, 2017 Hope4Justice public meeting, Shannon will outline the role of the FBI in addressing Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation nationally, as well as in this region of the country. She will also discuss the ways in which the FBI can support local organizations in their work, with special attention paid to the role that Victim Specialists can play in these endeavors.

Join us to hear what Shannon has to share!
SAH


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


HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY

Royal Family Kids Camp 18th Annual Drive-By Giving Event in partnership with Cruisin’ Coffee and the Soft Rock KAFE 104.1FM Radio Station is Friday, May 12, 2017. Members of the community come together in this annual event to support the needs of abused and neglected kids in Whatcom and Skagit counties.
Date:  Friday May 12th, 2016
Time:  6:00am – 9:00am
Locations:  All Cruisin Coffee locations in Whatcom and Skagit County
Goal: $35,000 in scholarships for kids to attend Royal Family KIDS Camp
NOTE:  If you'd like to contribute supplies to help make this summer's camp a success, check out the list and bring your item(s) to the May 16th Hope4Justice Public Meeting: Craft supplies,Art materials,Dress-up clothing,Office supplies,Photo printing paper,Snacks

(Email bellingham.rfkc@gmail.com with questions or for more information.)
TAKE ACTION/YOU CAN HELP!  

Since January, IJM advocates across the country have been gathering signatures in their communities on a petition to urge President Trump and Congress to fully fund the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI).   The IJM Freedom Commons website says "The initiative was passed in December and now we must work hard to get it funded".  Friday, May 5th was a "tweet in" day but you can still let Congress know your wishes.

Call or use social media NOW to urge our senators and representatives to fund the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI). Find twitter contact info for your senator and representatives HERE.  Find email or phone contact info HERE.
JOIN US
Hope4Justice public meetings
are from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  (From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back. The Counseling Center is the second building.)

IJM Progress

International Justice Mission (IJM) does amazing work in the international fight against human trafficking.  Their 4/29/17 prayer partner update included these two items:

"Praise God for the largest IJM Ghana rescue to date, resulting in freedom for 30 children who had been forced to work in the fishing industry on Lake Volta. The IJM Ghana team worked with police to rescue 29 boys, one six-year-old girl and an adult man from the lake, while police arrested 11 suspected traffickers who had been profiting from their forced labor. The rescued children are now safe in aftercare shelters where they will receive trauma care and any needed medical treatment while the aftercare team works to locate their families and ensure they have a safe home to return to. Pray for their healing after the abuse they have suffered, that they would be restored to complete health and able to thrive in school and their communities."


"Praise God for a successful training workshop for church leaders in Cambodia, the first of several that we’ll be holding this year in Cambodia. The goal of these workshops is to equip church leaders with knowledge and tools that they can use to fight human trafficking. We will host them in provinces across the country, inviting leaders from rural provinces so they can take what they learn back to communities that are most vulnerable to labor trafficking. Several government officials spoke at the first training, and a combination of law enforcement, IJM and other NGO staff led the workshop. Praise God for this collaboration and unity in the fight against slavery in Cambodia."


Praise God for success against traffickers and opportunities to train community leaders. Many thanks to IJM for the work they do!
SAH

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

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-- Save the date --
Shannon Meyer, FBI Victim Specialist  will be our guest at the May 16, 2017  Hope4Justice public meeting.  Plan to be there!

JOIN US
Hope4Justice public meetings
are from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Engedi Learning Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  (From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


Royal Family Kids Camp 18th Annual Drive-By Giving Event in partnership with Cruisin’ Coffee and the Soft Rock KAFE 104.1FM Radio Station.  Members of the community come together in this annual event to support the needs of abused and neglected kids in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Date:  Friday May 12th, 2016
Time:  6:00am – 9:00am
Locations:  All Cruisin Coffee locations in Whatcom and Skagit County
Goal: $35,000 in scholarships for kids to attend Royal Family KIDS Camp

Washington State keeps up the fight against trafficking: Bipartisan legislation creates human trafficking criminal no-contact order

An April 17, 2017 press release from the Washington State Attorney General's Office says, "The Washington State Legislature established an important protection for victims of human trafficking today. With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House of Representatives passed an agency request bill from Attorney General Bob Ferguson establishing a specific human trafficking criminal no-contact order, which courts and law enforcement will use to safeguard victims from their traffickers."

Hooray!  Bipartisan support of just about anything these days is something to cheer for and this bill is a great step forward in protecting trafficking victims. One of the bill's supporters explained it like this, “Tragically, the relationship between the perpetrator and the victim, who is generally a teenager, is actually one of a predator taking advantage of an underage youth. This bill creates protections and helps law enforcement assist these young victims,” said Rep. Orwall. “I am relieved that we’re sending this bill to the governor’s desk and I am grateful to all the people who worked hard to make that happen.”

You may or may not know that Washington State has previously earned an "A" from Shared Hope International for its legislative efforts to fight sex trafficking. (Learn more about our state's "report card" here.) This bill keeps the trend going.  
Well done Washington State Legislators! 
SAH


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


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UPCOMING IN
WHATCOM COUNTY

Royal Family Kids Camp 18th Annual Drive-By Giving Event in partnership with Cruisin’ Coffee and the Soft Rock KAFE 104.1FM Radio Station. This is wonderful event is held each year, as members of the community come together to support the needs of abused and neglected kids in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Date:  Friday May 13th, 2017
Time:  6:00am – 9:00am
Locations:  All Cruisin Coffee locations in Whatcom and Skagit County
Goal: $35,000 in scholarships for kids to attend Royal Family KIDS Camp


TAKING ACTION
Students at WWU and in local high schools and middle schools have recently contacted Hope4Justice about anti-trafficking projects they are planning.  We love their passion to fight this injustice and will share project updates as they happen!

JOIN US
Hope4Justice public meetings
are from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Engedi Learning Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  (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.)

Human Trafficking of Illegal Immigrants

Most of us are aware of  the controversy in our nation over the issue of illegal immigrants vs federal law and resulting declarations of sanctuary city or state status.  Have you wondered how this topic intersects with the issue of human trafficking?

An  issue brief from FAIR  (Federation for American Immigration Reform), August 2016, says, "The large and persistent influx of illegal aliens contributes to an environment of vulnerability and abuse. Wherever the law fails to hold people accountable, crime will flourish. The federal government’s failure to effectively address the illegal alien dilemma creates and perpetuates an environment in which exploitation runs rampant."

The brief further states, "While anyone can become a victim of trafficking, illegal aliens are highly vulnerable to being trafficked due to a combination of factors, including lack of legal status and protections, limited language skills and employment options, poverty and immigration-related debts, and social isolation."

On April 3, 2017, The Border Legislative Conference, said, "According to the government, more than 20,000 Mexican children are victims of sex trafficking every year, especially in tourist and border areas. Additionally, the desire of cheap labor in the agriculture industry and immigrants' difficulty in entering the country legally have set the stage for people to be trafficked in illegally and exploited.

The Border Legislative Conference notes that there has been progress made by the federal government, citing the "dramatic increase in numbers of human trafficking cases brought in federal courts over the past ten years.  It also explains that federal laws permit the Department of Homeland Security to issue non-immigrant visas to cooperative trafficking victims, and the Department of Health and Human Services to certify them for benefits similar to those available to refugees. Human trafficking has become a top priority of not only the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the federal government as a whole, but also of many state and local governments. In fact, to date, at least 39 U.S. states have passed sex trafficking laws."

Exploitation of anyone is wrong. Period.  Let's pray for ALL victims of trafficking, including legal and illegal immigrants. And let's pray for continued progress in anti-trafficking efforts at both the national and state levels.  
SAH

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

 

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
 

Royal Family KIDS - Camps, Clubs & Mentors Program has worked with abused foster children in Whatcom County for 24 years. Their Golf Tournament fundraiser is Thursday, April 27.  For more information, contact Andrea  Ketchum at: 360 303-0850

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017


Engedi Refuge Ministries will be showing the video Nefarious: Merchant of Souls at Hillcrest Chapel, 1400 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225 on Saturday evening, June 3rd. (Note date change)  A question/answer period will follow. 

More details to come.

 

The Next Hope4Justice Public Meeting is THIS WEEK
 

Come to find out exactly how you can help anti-trafficking efforts in the education, government, or business sector of Whatcom County

What: We'll be developing specific plans of action
When: 7-8:30 pm on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Where: Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  (From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)

Skookum Kids

Last week's email focused on how foster families are part of anti-trafficking efforts.  This week we're highlighting Skookum KIds, another local organization helping to provide critical support for children entering or transitioning into foster care.

What is Skookum Kids and what do they do? The Skookum Kids website says, "We face a modern orphan crisis. Pressed for time, social workers rush to pair traumatized children with over-taxed foster families. The huge burden of foster care is shouldered by a small group of heroic families. It often becomes too heavy, and children are displaced again. The average foster child is moved 3 times. This culture of shortage and instability has a devastating effect. Foster children are two times more likely to suffer from PTSD than veterans returning from a warzone.

With 400,000 foster children now in care, the time has come for a thoughtful, sustainable solution to this complex problem. This is Skookum Kids."

Skookum House is one way Skookum Kids serves children in crisis.  The Skookum Kids website says, "Our first initiative is to create a volunteer-staffed facility to care for children entering or transitioning into foster care. With the children safe in our care during their first week of foster care, we buy critical time for caseworkers to find the right long-term placement. Our hope is that no child from our community would ever be placed in haste."

A second effort of this organization is Skookum Parents. "In our second program, we recruit, train, and conduct home-studies for families hoping to become foster parents with an eye toward alleviating our community's acute shortage of respite care providers," says the Skookum KIds website.

Caring for kids, particularly vulnerable ones, is a basic anti-trafficking strategy. Thank you, Skookum Kids, for showing God's love to these precious children.
SAH

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

LEARN MORE

Upcoming training opportunity for teachers and other adults that work with young people

What: Presented by the Skagit County CSEC Task Force, this free 3-hour training will provide the foundation for the what, who, how, and why of commercial sexual exploitation of children and ways to respond. Participants will leave understanding current relevant state and federal law, will practice and consider approaches to supporting these youth, and will be provided with a list of some community resources.

Option 1
When: 
June 16, 2017 - Noon to 3pm
Where: Skagit Valley Co-Op, 202 South 1st St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 - Room 309
Sign Up Link: Click HERE

Option 2
When:
 August 18, 2017 - Noon to 3pm
Where: Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington, WA 98233
Sign Up LinkClick HERE

Note: A mid-April training filled shortly after becoming available.  It is recommended that you reserve your seat at the June or August training now!


HOPE4JUSTICE PUBLIC MEETING: 4/18/17
Come to find out exactly how you can help anti-trafficking efforts in the education, government, or law enforcement sector of Whatcom County

What: We'll be developing specific plans of action
When: 7-8:30 pm on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Where: Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  (From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)
 

HAPPENINGS IN WHATCOM COUNTY                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Engedi Refuge Ministries will be showing the video Nefarious: Merchant of Souls at Hillcrest Chapel, 1400 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225 on Friday evening, May 19th.  A question/answer period will follow (More details to come in future emails.)

The link between foster care and trafficking

In honor of foster care month, Kristian Rose, recently wrote an article about foster care and trafficking for LOVE 146's website.  She states, "When it comes to trafficking of children within the U.S., children and youth in the foster care system are extremely vulnerable."  She says, " As an anti-trafficking advocate, I've known this for years.  As a relatively new foster parent, I'm re-learning it daily. 

Kristian has seen that "Foster care and trafficking are often tragically linked." She explains, "Many of the children taken into care by state welfare agencies come from serious neglect or abuse, which means they already possess heightened vulnerabilities. The pattern of repeated displacement that often follows – being shuffled between various homes, shelters, and institutions – exacerbates those vulnerabilities. Because traffickers’ business subsists on the peddling of vulnerable people, kids in foster care can be incredibly easy targets."

Kristian challenges her readers to fight trafficking by becoming foster parents. She says,  "If you sincerely want to help decrease the prevalence of the trafficking of children in the United States, consider the direct impact you can make in the lives of foster children.  Consider going beyond simply funding a “safe home” for trafficking survivors and actually become a safe home to help children avoid exploitation in the first place."

For those who aren't able to be foster parents, Kristian says, "There are many other opportunities to pursue abolition by supporting the foster community in your area." She goes on to list practical ways to serve and support foster families. (See details here.)

Hope4Justice salutes the efforts of foster families and encourages everyone to take a fresh look at this ministry to vulnerable children.  Could you be a foster parent?  How else might you help? 

Let's prevent trafficking in the lives of foster children.
SAH

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


LEARN MORE

Upcoming training opportunity for teachers and other adults that work with young people

What: Presented by the Skagit County CSEC Task Force, this free 3-hour training will provide the foundation for the what, who, how, and why of commercial sexual exploitation of children and ways to respond. Participants will leave understanding current relevant state and federal law, will practice and consider approaches to supporting these youth, and will be provided with a list of some community resources.

Option 1
When: 
June 16, 2017 - Noon to 3pm
Where: Skagit Valley Co-Op, 202 South 1st St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 - Room 309
 
Sign Up Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/responding-to-the-commerical-sexual-exploitation-of-children-and-youth-tickets-32867739293

Option 2
When:
 August 18, 2017 - Noon to 3pm
Where: Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington, WA 98233
 
Sign Up Linkhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/responding-to-the-commerical-sexual-exploitation-of-children-and-youth-tickets-32867379216

Note: A mid-April training filled shortly after becoming available.  It is recommended that you reserve your seat at the June or August training now!


JOIN US
 

Our next public meeting is Tuesday, April 18, 2017

from 7-8:30 pm at the Engedi Learning Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  (From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)


IN THE NEWS

Headlines this week:

 

 

 

Fighting trafficking with your wallet

Purchasing products from companies that are working to prevent trafficking in their product line is one way to fight trafficking. The End Slavery Now Slave Free Buying Guide says, "One of the most impactful ways normal, everyday people can get involved in the fight against modern-day slavery and human trafficking is to begin purchasing slavery-free goods. When scaled, these purchases create demand for goods produced with audited, slavery-free labor; simultaneously, this shift also shrinks the market for goods produced with forced or slave labor and/or by trafficked humans."

Here are some examples of ratings from the buying guide:
 
Chocolate:

  • Best: Divine Chocolate Limited, Equal Exchange, Theo Chocolate
  • Better: Lindt & Sprunglii, Mondelez International
  • Good: Nestle S.A., Ferrero, The Hershey Company, Mars Inc.

Home Goods:

  • Best: Ten Thousand Villages, SERRV International
  • Better: West Elm, The Fair Trade Furniture Company, Boll & Branch
  • Good: IKEA

Learn more and download the buying guide HERE.

Happy shopping!
SueAnn


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


LEARN MORE

Upcoming training opportunity for teachers and other adults that work with young people

What: Presented by the Skagit County CSEC Task Force, this free 3-hour training will provide the foundation for the what, who, how, and why of commercial sexual exploitation of children and ways to respond. Participants will leave understanding current relevant state and federal law, will practice and consider approaches to supporting these youth, and will be provided with a list of some community resources.

Option 1
When: 
June 16, 2017 - Noon to 3pm
Where: Skagit Valley Co-Op, 202 South 1st St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 - Room 309
 
Sign Up Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/responding-to-the-commerical-sexual-exploitation-of-children-and-youth-tickets-32867739293

Option 2
When:
 August 18, 2017 - Noon to 3pm
Where: Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington, WA 98233
 
Sign Up Linkhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/responding-to-the-commerical-sexual-exploitation-of-children-and-youth-tickets-32867379216

Note: A mid-April training filled shortly after becoming available.  It is recommended that you reserve your seat at the June or August training now!


TAKE ACTION
 

Monday, March 20th was the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

The anti-trafficking group, Ending Slavery, suggests celebrating the changing of the seasons by changing your cleaning products to fair trade and eco-friendly options.  They say, "Check out the range of products made by Clean and Fair, the first company in the world to offer fair trade and eco-friendly cleaning products. You can find more information about Clean and Fair here." 

 

JOIN US ON APRIL 18, 2017

Hope4Justice public meetings
are from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Engedi Learning Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  (From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)

Changing the cultural norm: Commerical Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is not consensual sex, it's exploitation.

According to Ending Exploitation Collaborativesex buying is non-consensual sex. Many would say that's not what our culture thinks and not how many other societies view or have viewed prostitution. But rather than prostitution being "the world's oldest profession" is it instead "the world's oldest oppression?"  

Consider this: The Ending Exploitation Collaborative says, "Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is the use of someone else’s body for sexual purposes in exchange for considerations that are not sexual. In CSE, there are two groups of exploiters:

  • Buyers pay or trade to use the bodies of prostituted people for their own gratification.
  • Traffickers use the bodies of prostituted people for their own profit and self-aggrandizement.

The practice of CSE dehumanizes those who are exploited, turning them into objects whose value is seen in terms of the profit and gratification provided to the exploiters."

Not only is it exploitative in general terms, CSE also targets vulnerable populations.  The Ending Exploitation Collaborative explains, "Social and economic inequalities make people vulnerable to being exploited. Populations that are often targeted are the LGBTQIA+ community, people of color, the homeless, people with disabilities, and children. This subordinate status that funnels members of marginalized groups into the commercial sex industry is both sexualized and commodified through CSE. Gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, age and sexual orientation all become fetishized consumables for individual buyers that reinforce oppressive stereotypes."

The article concludes with this thought: "Because of these factors, sex buying is non-consensual sex. Consent to sexual activity must be freely given. If there is pressure or coercion to engage in sexual activity, it is non-consensual. Economic coercion precludes the possibility that sexual activity is consensual and mutual. If you have to pay someone, it is not mutual; consent is never freely given in prostitution. (emphasis added)

What do you think?
SAH

Join Hope4Justice at the next public meeting on March 21st!
When: Tuesday, 3/21/17  from 7-8:30 pm
What: The agenda includes a short presentation and debrief/sharing of the March 1st conference then continuation of group discussion for involvement in each of the 7 sectors of our county.  

  • Notes from previous discussion of Education & Law Enforcement sectors will be available.
  • On 3/21/17 we'll be looking at the Business, Community Groups, Government, Social & Health Services and Faith Community sectors of Whatcom County

Where: Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264. (From Wiser Lake Round-About head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)

In The News

Engedi Gala is a huge success!

Those who attended the "Walk In My Shoes"  Engedi Refuge Gala last night experienced an amazing evening of hope and love for trafficking survivors. Inspiring speakers shared their hearts, displays and handouts engagingly explained the facts, and the Harper & I dance group visually interpreted the song "Unsteady."  Additionally, attendees also enjoyed an excellent dinner!

When the "Raise the Paddle" portion of the program came around, the audience responded and gave $199,000 for the ongoing efforts of Engedi Refuge Ministries.

It was an evening of coming together to support "the least of these."  It was an evening of recognition of Lea and Aaron's efforts to literally BE the love of Jesus to women coming out of trafficking.  It was an evening of recognition that all of us can help in some way -- whether as a volunteer or by pulling out our checkbooks.

It was an evening that strongly made the statement that all of God's children are precious and worthy of grace.
SAH


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

Join Hope4Justice at the next public meeting on March 21st!


When: Tuesday, 3/21/17  from 7-8:30 pm
What: The agenda includes a short speaker presentation followed by the continuation of group discussion for involvement in each of the 7 sectors of our county.  

  • Notes from previous discussion of Education & Law Enforcement sectors will be available.
  • On 3/21/17 we'll be looking at the Business, Community Groups, Government, and Faith Community sectors of Whatcom County

Where: Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264. (From Wiser Lake Round-About head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)

In the News: Trafficking Education In Schools


Check out trafficking prevention efforts at Grants Pass High School in Oregon as reported by KDVR.com on 2/28/17.

See how tips from students at Shadow Hills High School lead to sex trafficking arrest in Indio, California.

In Florida, a bill would require that middle and high school students learn the dangers of human trafficking.  Read more here.

We learned and were challenged at the 3rd Annual Human Sex Trafficking Conference

Great organization.  Impressive speakers.  Excellent information.

We were pretty much on information overload when the last speaker finished sharing her thoughts at 3 pm. The day was jam-packed full of presentations and the hour-long working lunch wasn’t a time to sit around and chat but instead it was an opportunity to share and network. The day ended with a short breakout session of disciplinary-specific groups to make plans to figure out what comes next. 

 All in all the day was a thought-provoking look at what King County is doing to successfully  fight sex trafficking/exploitation and the challenge of “now that we know, what steps are WE going to take?”

I was encouraged by this conference.  We – as Whatcom County alone or as a 5 county consortium – CAN take steps similar to King County.  We don’t have to start from scratch, as King County has shared a wealth of information with us.  We just need to figure out how to use the people and organizations we already have to create and implement our own version of the Nordic Model. 

Would you pray with us about “next steps for our county and/or our 5 county region?”  Pray  for a plan that combines public, private, and tribal agencies and resources smoothly and effectively.  Pray for bold leaders.  Pray for unity.  Pray for God’s leading.

I have to give a big “high-five” to conference host Skagit Coalition Against Trafficking (SKCAT).  Thank you for bringing us all together to learn and be challenged.  I am excitedly looking  forward to what comes next as we work together on anti-trafficking efforts to impact our corner of Washington.

SAH

March 9 & 10, 2017
Purchase a Coffee Break for your office! Purchase $5 coupons to give to friends, family, and clients!  Visit any Woods Coffee location in Whatcom or Skagit Counties on Friday, March 10th! 

Your purchase helps Rebound of Whatcom County connect, empower, and restore our community's most vulnerable families. Rebound programs build relationships, teach skills, provide resources and offer advocacy to under-resourced families.  Support them by buying a Cup of Hope!

Save the date for the next Hope4Justice public meeting
When: Tuesday, March 21st  from 7-8:30 pm
What: We'll be discussing plans for involvement in each of the 7 sectors of our county.  Stay tuned for details! 
Where: Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264
(From Wiser Lake Round-About head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)

A modern abolitionist movement

In every country around the world, people are working for little or no pay, controlled by threats, debt, and violence. We call it by many names, but it amounts to the same thing: modern slavery. Slavery is illegal everywhere, but it continues to thrive because so many of us:

Over the past few years Hope4Justice has used WalkFree.org as a resource for several anti-human trafficking programs, articles, and success stories on our weekly newsletter. 

WalkFree has now become Freedom United. Check out their new site at www.freedomunited.org. Modern slavery may go by many names, but that doesn’t change what it is. In the same way, they may be using a different name, but their mission to end modern slavery with a united movement of partners and supporters remains the same. To help stay informed about human-trafficking be sure to check out the new website! https://www.freedomunited.org/

RLG

 

March 9 & 10, 2017
Purchase a Coffee Break for your office!  Purchase $5 coupons to give to friends, family, and clients!  Visit any Woods Coffee location in Whatcom or Skagit Counties on Friday, March 10th!   Get Involved!
Help Rebound of Whatcom Countyconnect, empower, and restore our community's most vulnerable families. Rebound programs build relationships, teach skills, provide resources and offer advocacy to under-resourced families.

You're invited to attend the 3rd Annual Walk in My Shoes Gala, a fundraising event to benefit Engedi Refuge Ministries.  Enjoy a plated dinner, Raise the Paddle fundraiser, a Raffle, and compelling messages from a Sex Trafficking Survivor, Engedi Refuge Co-founder Aaron Newcomb, and local football star, Jake Locker.  The event will be held on March 11, 2017 at the Lakeway Four Points Sheraton.

Purchase your reservations at www.engedirefuge.com or reserve a seat by calling (360)

UN says more children and men falling prey to traffickers amid migration crisis

The recent United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime “Global Report on Trafficking in Persons” finds the global movement of refugees and migrants has left men and boys more vulnerable to Human Trafficking exploitation.    Although women and girls trafficked for marriage or sexual slavery account for more than 70% of human trafficking victims, the UN report stated “The largest increase in the number of refugees and migrants since the aftermath of the Second World War has left children and men more vulnerable to Human Trafficking exploitation”.   The report found that men and boys are typically exploited for indentured labor, soldiers, the sale of human organs, and many other dimensions of modern slavery.”

Help Hope4Justice work together with other anti-human trafficking partners, because “it is impossible for us to close our eyes to evil, to be indifferent to the cry of the needy, the oppressed and exploited.”

When: March 1, 2017, 9 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Swinomish Casino & Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes, WA 98221
What: Highly acclaimed speakers and key players in King County's successful implementation of the Nordic Model will show how King County has become  a national example for decreasing sex trafficking.
Note: There is NO charge for this conference! Continental breakfast & light lunch included.
RSVP: dianegoetz4@comcast.net. Please include: Name, telephone #, County & Organization

Learn concrete steps our county can take against sex trafficking!  

You're invited to attend the 3rd Annual Walk in My Shoes Gala, a fundraising event to benefit Engedi Refuge Ministries.  Enjoy a plated dinner, Raise the Paddle fundraiser, a Raffle, and compelling messages from a Sex Trafficking Survivor, Engedi Refuge Co-founder Aaron Newcomb, and local football star, Jake Locker.  The event will be held on March 11, 2017 at the Lakeway Four Points Sheraton. Purchase your reservations at www.engedirefuge.com or reserve a seat by calling (360) 922-7600.

You're invited to attend the 3rd Annual Walk in My Shoes Gala, a fundraising event to benefit Engedi Refuge Ministries.  Enjoy a plated dinner, Raise the Paddle fundraiser, a Raffle, and compelling messages from a Sex Trafficking Survivor, Engedi Refuge Co-founder Aaron Newcomb, and local football star, Jake Locker.  The event will be held on March 11, 2017 at the Lakeway Four Points Sheraton.

Purchase your reservations at www.engedirefuge.com or reserve a seat by calling (360) 922-7600.

                     March 9-10, 2017 Purchase a Coffee Break for your office!  Purchase $5 coupons to give to friends, family, and clients!  Visit any Woods Coffee location in Whatcom or Skagit Counties on Friday, March 10th!   Get Involved! Help Rebound of Whatcom Countyconnect, empower, and restore our community's most vulnerable families. Rebound programs build relationships, teach skills, provide resources and offer advocacy to under-resourced families.

                     March 9-10, 2017

Purchase a Coffee Break for your office!  Purchase $5 coupons to give to friends, family, and clients!  Visit any Woods Coffee location in Whatcom or Skagit Counties on Friday, March 10th!   Get Involved!
Help Rebound of Whatcom Countyconnect, empower, and restore our community's most vulnerable families. Rebound programs build relationships, teach skills, provide resources and offer advocacy to under-resourced families.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out with the Rebound Dinner last Thursday night; including Chris's special cup cakes.

Local Policeman Fights Trafficking Globally

 Bellingham Police Officer Chris Lease also works for IJM

Passionate about fighting human trafficking, Bellingham Police Officer Chris Lease spends his "vacations" working for International Justice Mission.

A BPD Facebook post on 1/31/17 explained, "Chris uses his vacation time to serve with the International Justice Mission. Chris has brought his knowledge back to our department and helped us better understand, and rescue children and adults trapped in the world of human trafficking. Thank you Chris for your commitment!

Officer Lease has traveled across Asia, Latin America and Africa to train international law enforcement authorities, enabling them to increase investigative capacity, leading to effective outcomes.

The article goes on to say, "As a Bellingham Police Officer for almost 25 years, Officer Lease has gained the investigative experience and skills for short term volunteer operations that he hopes will make a dramatic difference in the world. He has infiltrated the world of sex trafficking, bonded slavery, police abuse of power, and other forms of oppression, using the investigative techniques he has learned as a member of the Bellingham Police Department."  (Read the full article here.)

We salute you Officer Lease!  Thank you for making a difference in the world.


Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery?  Visit www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/ to read past newsletter articles.

Next monthly Hope4Justice public meeting is February 21st

What: 

  • Why I'm involved with Hope4Justice" - personal story by Karen M.
  • Video: Nordic Model
  • Wrap up of outreach efforts for the conference on 3/1/17
  • Hope4Justice community sectors model for involvement

When: Tuesday, 2/21/17, 7-8:30 pm

Where: Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264
(From Wiser Lake Round-About head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)

You can still reserve your seat at 3rd Annual Human Trafficking Conference


When: March 1, 2017, 9 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Swinomish Casino & Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes, WA 98221
What: Highly acclaimed speakers and key players in King County's successful implementation of the Nordic Model will show how King County has become  a national example for decreasing sex trafficking.
Note: There is NO charge for this conference! Continental breakfast & light lunch included.
RSVP: dianegoetz4@comcast.net. Please include: Name, telephone #, County & Organization

Learn concrete steps our county can take against sex trafficking!  

DID YOU KNOW?
 

Hope4justice is now accepting tax deductible donations?  Donate by clicking on the GIVE button on the bottom of any page here on our website or mail your check made payable to Hope4Justice to 600 Front Street, #502,  Lynden, WA 98264.

Thank you for your  support.

Airline attendants trained to spot signs of trafficking

Just in time for the Super Bowl, last week former airline attendant and founder of Airline Ambassadors, Nancy Rivard led a training at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport.  "Rivard and several of her colleagues flew to Houston to meet with approximately 100 flight attendants who volunteered for the Airline Ambassadors training session on how to recognize human trafficking."

As reported by NBC News, February 4, 2017, "Over two days, former victims related their experiences to the flight attendants. In-flight crews were taught to look for passengers who appear frightened, ashamed or nervous; people traveling with someone who doesn't appear to be a parent or relative; and children or adults who appear bruised or battered.

They're also taught to notice if someone insists on speaking for the alleged victim, doesn't let them out of their sight or becomes defensive when questioned. Victims sometimes appear drugged."

The article says, "The time and place of the training were no coincidence. With the Super Bowl just days away, Rivard wants to ensure that flight attendants working routes in and out of Houston are able to spot the signs of a victim who needs help."

Well done, Airline Ambassadors!  

Doing what we can within our sphere of work, play, and influence.  That's how to fight trafficking.
Sue Ann

Get Involved
by helping at the next Rebound Dinner

Would you like to help but rarely have the time?  Here's a chance to serve for just 2-3 hours!

Two or three times per year, Hope4Justice cooks and serves dinner for Rebound families.  If you're able to help, please info@hope4justice.org.

When: Thursday, February 16, 2017from approximately 4:45 - 7:30 pm
Where: CTK Bellingham
What: Food preparation, serving and clean up

Note: Do you have a favorite dessert you'd be willing to make and donate to the Rebound dinner?  Let us know via email at info@hope4justice.org.

Plan to attend the next
Hope4Justice Monthly Meeting

What: Hope4Justice public meeting
When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7-8:30 pm (the third Tuesday of the month)
Where: Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  (From Wiser Lake Roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)

3rd Annual Human Sex Trafficking Conference
is less than a month away. . .

When: March 1, 2017, 9 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Swinomish Casino & Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes, WA 98221
What: Highly acclaimed speakers and key players in King County's successful implementation of the Nordic Model will show how King County has become  a national example for decreasing sex trafficking.
Note: There is NO charge to attend. Continental breakfast & light lunch included.
RSVP: dianegoetz4@comcast.net. Please include: Name, telephone #, County & Organization
 
Do you know  influential people in influential people in the education, law enforcement, health care, political, business, non-profit, and religious/fraternal sectors. that you believe should attend the conference? Would you be willing to tell them about it and give them a flyer with conference details?  Contact info@hope4justice.org for flyers and a short sample script about the conference.