"America Needs To Make Some Hard Decisions

Says guest editorialist Dana Parriera (Part 1)

From her blog "Rebellious Beauty," Dana Parriera challenges Americans to"...demand that our nation become a safe place for our children and our children's children."

Dana says, "According to the U.S. State Department report, the United States has become the second most trafficked country in the world, as sex trafficking has become a $32 Billion dollar a year industry...  And the U.S. Department of Justice reported that the sex slaves were 83% American citizens and as young as five years old in the United States.

What is the average age of those prostituted in America?
...12 years old.

These are our children. 

America needs to make some hard decisions. Either let this continue. Or stop the effects of Sex Trafficking in America. How can we be a Country of Freedom, if we enslave America's citizens or other citizens for the sexual exploitation of selfish pleasures of those who live in our Country? 

“Human sex trafficking is the most common form of modern-day slavery, amounting to the fastest growing business of organized crime and the third largest criminal enterprise in the world. Sex trafficking crimes include prostitution, pornography, stripping, live-sex shows, mail-order brides, military prostitution, and sex tourism.” 

We can not be a Free Country - if there are still modern slaves in our 21st Century society. You can not have equality and freedom, if we have Human Slaves among us.

I thought America was known for her Freedom? Let America then become the forerunner for Freedom to all Nations. Let us make America the leading example of what countries should do, in order to extinguish trafficking."


Are you up for the challenge?  Join Hope4Justice efforts (or take concrete steps on your own) to fight trafficking where you are, in a way that works for you.  

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

ON THE CALENDAR

THIS FRIDAY, November 3, 2017, 7-9 pm: Engedi Refuge Ministries, in collaboration with Hope4Justice, Light of the World Prayer Center, and CTK Downtown invites you to Stand Against Slavery.  Location: Norway Hall, 1419 N Forest St., Bellingham, WA.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5-7 pm: Help Hope4Justice serve dinner to Rebound families.  Location: CTK Bellingham, 4173 Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7-8:30 pm: Hope4Justice meeting to discuss anti-trafficking curriculums & plans for presentation.  Open to the public. Location: Engedi Learning Center Conference Room, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA.  

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5:30 - 9:00 PM: 
Comfort & Joy Celebration
 to benefit Rebound of Whatcom County. 
Location: Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Rd., Ferndale, WA

Appetizers, beverages, and dessert will be served.
Semi-formal attire suggested.  
Cost: $50 per person.  Purchase tickets online at www.reboundfamilies.org by Nov. 25th.

Note: Watch for additional events that may added

TAKE ACTION

We can use your help with the Rebound dinner on Thursday, Nov. 16th!

Help set up, serve, and clean up - or - drop off a dessert  that can be eaten with fingers (brownies,  cookies, etc.) before 4 pm at CTK Bellingham, 4173 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA

Set up starts at 5:00 pm; clean up ends by 7:00 pm.

Contact Bob at bob@hope4justice.orgto sign up to help or bring dessert
 

JOIN US
Hope4Justice holds quarterly public meetings plus event involvement.  

The next meeting is Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 7-8:30 pm at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  

We also encourage you to get involved in the events listed in the calendar section.

Made In the USA

I just finished reading the book, Made In USA: The Sex Trafficking of America's Children by Alisa Jordheim (available on Amazon.com.).  On the back cover is the question, "Why would you read this book?"  The answer given is, "Sadly, domestic minor sex trafficking is a big problem right here in America - and it's getting worse!  In Made in the USA, you'll see how something like this can actually be going on right under our collective noses."

The book contains five stories of real trafficking victims who became survivors.  Each is an account of a different captivity scenario:

  • A lover boy syndrome story involving a high school junior
  • Familial trafficking of a seven-year old girl
  • Survival sex involving a seventeen-year old male
  • A twelve-year old lured in by a "friend"
  • Kidnapping of a seventeen-year old with mental developmental issues

These stories were challenging to read but as Rebecca Greenwood, President of Christian Harvest International states, "...the reality is, all must gain understanding of this grievous issue in order that solutions can be discovered and the victims of this industry set free."

At the end of the book Jordheim says, "It is time to step up and take responsibility for what we know to be true.  Our children deserve every freedom outlined in our great national document the Declaration of Independence, especially the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

She goes on to say that though the issue of trafficking seems overwhelming, it can -- like any other problem -- be tackled one step at a time.  And, she emphasizes that, "It takes everyone doing the one thing he or she can do, and eventually each of those things adds up to some form of actual change.  Ultimately, lives are saved."
 
Think of it.  You and I, doing what we can do, will be part of effecting change and saving lives! 

Let's do it!
SueAnn

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


WHAT'S ON THE CALENDAR
Saturday, October 21, 2017: Rebound's 2nd Annual Hoptoberfest - from 5 - 10 pm at Bellingham's Sportsplex,  benefiting Rebound of Whatcom County & Whatcom Sports & Rec.

Friday, November 3, 2017, 7-9 pm: Engedi Refuge Ministries, in collaboration with Hope4Justice, Light of the World Prayer Center, and CTK Downtown invites you to Stand Against Slavery.  Location: Norway Hall, 1419 N Forest St., Bellingham, WA.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5-7 pm: Help Hope4Justice serve dinner to Rebound families.  Location: CTK Bellingham, 4173 Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226

New to the calendar: Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7-8:30 pm:Hope4Justice meeting to discuss anti-trafficking curriculums & plans for presentation.  Open to the public. Location: Engedi Learning Center Conference Room, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA.  

Saturday, December 2, 2017: Comfort & Joy Celebration to benefit Rebound of Whatcom County.  Details to come.

Note: Watch for additional events that may added

Many thanks to:

  • Lisa for preparing and sharing excellent information on advocacy at the "I Am Jane Doe" showing
  • Audrey for regularly posting for H4J on Facebook
  • Kate for creating an awesome poster to use for publicizing the STEP scholarship

These busy ladies are using their skills to fight trafficking.  What could you do?
TAKE ACTION AGAINST CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING

Watch the documentary "I Am Jane Doe":  If you were unable to join us for this documentary last week,  you can still watch it.  It's available on Netflix, iTunes, Vimeo, GooglePlay, and Amazon or contact Hope4Justice to borrow the dvd.
 
Learn more about the issue, the court case against Backpage, and proposed legislation HERE
 
Sign a change.org petition to tell Google, Facebook, and Microsoft to stop supporting child sex trafficking.
Click HERE for sample tweets to use when speaking out against child sex trafficking.
Access sample letters HERE to send to senators and representatives by email or USPS.

JOIN US
Hope4Justice holds quarterly public meetings plus event involvement.  Meetings are held at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  The specific date and information about meeting content will be included in this weekly email as far in advance as possible. 

We encourage you to get involved in the events listed in the calendar section.
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

Human trafficking is a hidden aftermath of natural disasters says PRI (Public Radio International), 10/5/17

Attention: Note change of location for this week's meeting & showing of "I Am Jane Doe" documentary


We will be meeting in the Connection Corner at NCCTK by the church office at 1816 18th St., Lynden, WA 98264; 7-9 pm this Tuesday, 10/17/17

It's not just "over there."  When a disaster strikes, traffickers prey on vulnerable victims here in the United States, too.

In a 10/5/17 article, PRI.org says"The Caribbean and the American South are struggling to recover in the aftermath of devastating hurricanes. Food has to be delivered, houses rebuilt, roads cleared and electricity restored. But for law enforcement, there’s another concern after a place gets pummeled by a natural disaster: It becomes ripe grounds for human trafficking."

Author Jasmine Garsd tells a trafficked woman's account of being in Houston after Hurricane Katrina.  "She remembers working around 2006, when women started showing up from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “So many individuals flooded just this area alone, that I know of. They were homeless. They had no money. They had no place to live. And so, you’re not left with that many options when you are in that situation.”

Online ads, like this one have shown up in Houston: “Pretty girls wanting to make some quick money, and recover losses from Harvey."  Another says, "Were you displaced by Harvey, now looking to get it all back together?  Are you female, under 40 and need a place to call your home?  Then this mature gentleman is ready to help with a rent free accommodation."

Jasmine Garsd says, "Are they genuine offers for willing participants? Or traffickers, sweet-talking the most vulnerable?  All you have to do to find out, is hit reply."

Oh my.  It makes me want to yell, "No!  Don't do it!  Don't hit reply!  Find someone trustworthy -- someone who really cares and won't take advantage of you."

Please pray with me for trustworthy people to be available in those moments of need. 
SAH

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

WHAT'S ON THE CALENDAR
Hope4Justice has changed to quarterly public meetings plus event involvement.  Here's what's going on in Whatcom County in the next few months:
 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017Quarterly Hope4Justice public meeting from 7-9 pm at North County Christ the King Connection Corner, 1816 18th St., Lynden, WA  (Note change of location.)  We'll be showing "I Am Jane Doe," a documentary about selling minors for sex on Backpage.com

Saturday, October 21, 2017: Rebound's 2nd Annual Hoptoberfest - from 5 - 10 pm at Bellingham's Sportsplex,  benefiting Rebound of Whatcom County & Whatcom Sports & Rec.

Friday, November 3, 2017, 7-9 pm: Engedi Refuge Ministries, in collaboration with Hope4Justice, Light of the World Prayer Center, and CTK Downtown invites you to Stand Against Slavery.  Location: Norway Hall, 1419 N Forest St., Bellingham, WA.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5-7 pm: Help Hope4Justice serve dinner to Rebound families.  Location: CTK Bellingham, 4173 Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226 

Saturday, December 2, 2017: Comfort & Joy Celebration to benefit Rebound of Whatcom County.  Details to come.

Note: Watch for additional events that may added

TAKE ACTION
Watch the documentary:  If you or someone you know is unable to join us for the "I Am Jane Doe" documentary on Tuesday, 10/17/17,  you can still watch it.  It's available on Netflix, iTunes, Vimeo, GooglePlay, and Amazon or contact Hope4Justice to borrow the dvd.

Learn more about the issue, the court case against Backpage, and proposed legislation HERE

Sign a change.org petition to tell Google, Facebook, and Microsoft to stop supporting child sex trafficking.

Click HERE for sample tweets to use when speaking out against child sex trafficking.

Access sample letters HERE to send to senators and representatives by email or USPS.

I Am Jane Doe

Come to see this powerful documentary about underage youth sold for sex on Backpage.com.

Hope4Justice is showing "I Am Jane Doe" at 7 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at North County Christ the King Connection Corner, 1816 18th St., in Lynden, Washington.  In this documentary, filmmaker Mary Mazzio "...reveals the sordid world of underage sex trafficking, specifically as it pertains to young women who were forced into prostitution, their 'services' made available on the online classified site Backpage.com." 

An Op-Ed by Mazzio and Dr. Oz in the Houston Chronicle says, “Let’s be clear. We cannot stand for the idea that the sale of children is acceptable collateral damage for a free and open internet. Especially since companies now have the technological means to stop it.” (Source: I Am Jane Doe website.)

Annie Kelly, reporter for The Guardian says, "For me, the biggest tragedy is that for seven years there has been all this debate about free speech and First Amendment rights.  and the basic fact that these are children who are being raped and sold on a public website somehow got pushed to the background.  What happened to the rights of my child?"  asks Nacole, fury in her voice.  "What if this was your daughter?"

"This wrenching film is going to leave you fighting mad," says Betsy Bozdech, Commone Sense reporter.

Yes, it's a tough topic -- but hundreds of thousands of American young people are being sold each day.  Learning about the problem is the first step toward solving it.  After the documentary, we'll discuss what we can do to protect our youth right here in Whatcom County.
 
Help get the word out: Tell others and bring a friend with you!


WHAT'S ON THE CALENDAR

Hope4Justice has changed to quarterly public meetings plus event involvement.  Here's what's going on in Whatcom County in the next few months:
 

This Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7 pm: Men of Dignity meeting. Details in column at right. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Quarterly Hope4Justice public meeting from 7-9 pm at North County Christ the King Connection Corner, 1816 18th St., Lynden, WA  (Note change of location.)  We'll be showing "I Am Jane Doe," a documentary about selling minors for sex on Backpage.com

Saturday, October 21, 2017: Rebound's 2nd Annual Hoptoberfest - from 5 - 10 pm at Bellingham's Sportsplex,  benefiting Rebound of Whatcom County & Whatcom Sports & Rec.

Friday, November 3, 2017, 7-9 pm: Engedi Refuge Ministries, in collaboration with Hope4Justice, Light of the World Prayer Center, and CTK Downtown invites you to Stand Against Slavery.  Location: Norway Hall, 1419 N Forest St., Bellingham, WA.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5-7 pm: Help Hope4Justice serve dinner to Rebound families.  Location: CTK Bellingham, 4173 Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226 

Saturday, December 2, 2017: Comfort & Joy Celebration to benefit Rebound of Whatcom County.  Details to come.
Note: Watch for additional events that may added
MEN ONLY:
You're invited to attend the "Men of Dignity" meetingTHIS WEEK on 10/11/17 at 7 pm, hosted by Engedi Refuge Ministries.  It will include:

  • Sex trafficking victim care  -  men's role
  • The national and local scope of sex trafficking and what's being done about it.
  • The need for Christian men to take responsibility and respond
  • Practical next steps

Location: Engedi Learning Center Conference Room, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA



REBOUND NEEDS YOU!
Rebound is in need of more young adult volunteers at all Roots locations.  Last year, WWU sent nearly 20 college students and this year the numbers are significantly lower.

Can you help?  Contact Rebound at360-714-0700.
If you can't be a volunteer, please pray that God will provide the right number of volunteers soon for all three locations: Blaine, Bellingham, and Nooksack Valley.
 

JOIN US
Hope4Justice holds quarterly public meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of the chosen month. The specific date and information about meeting content will be included in this weekly email as far in advance as possible.

What can YOU do to fight trafficking?

The response to the Freedom Sunday focus on human trafficking at NCCTK last week was heartening. (Click here to see pictures.) Many, many people stopped at one of the Hope4Justice tables to sign up for the weekly email, pick up a t-shirt, and to ask, "What can I do?"
The main focus of Hope4Justice is to bring awareness to the issue. We use a variety of ways: website, Facebook, weekly email, guest speakers, showing a movie or documentary, and more. You can:

  • Friend Hope4Justice on Facebook and repost announcements and posts

  • Attend -- and bring a friend with you to the showing of "I Am Jane Doe," the documentary about trafficking minors for sex on backpage.com.  Date: 10/17/17 from 7-9pm. Location details below.  (Preview documentary HERE.

  • Attend "Men of Dignity" meeting.  (See below for details.)
  • When available, distribute flyers/posters publicizing events

Hope4Justice is passionate about keeping the youth of Whatcom County safe from trafficking. You can: 

Hope4Justice is also committed to working with others in Whatcom County in the fight against trafficking. You can:

  • Attend and support Engedi Refuge Ministries in their efforts to restore trafficking victims.  See below for dates and times for the "Men of Dignity" meeting and the upcoming Stand Against Slavery event.
  • Attend and support Rebound of Whatcom County efforts to prevent trafficking of vulnerable children.  See below for dates and times for "Hoptoberfest," "Comfort & Joy,"  and the 11/16/17 dinner put on by Hope4Justice. 

Most important, please pray for Hope4Justice and all anti-trafficking efforts in Whatcom County, in our state, and around the world.

Let's do it!
Sue Ann 

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


WHAT'S ON THE CALENDAR
Hope4Justice has changed to quarterly public meetings plus event involvement.  Here's what's going on in Whatcom County in the next few months:
 
Just added: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7 pm: Men of Dignity meeting. Details in column at right. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017: QuarterlyHope4Justice public meeting from 7-9 pm at Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA.  (Note the extended time.)  We'll be showing "I Am Jane Doe," a documentary about selling minors for sex on Backpage.com

Saturday, October 21, 2017: Rebound's 2nd Annual Hoptoberfest - from 5 - 10 pm at Bellingham's Sportsplex,  benefiting Rebound of Whatcom County & Whatcom Sports & Rec.

Friday, November 3, 2017, 7-9 pm: Engedi Refuge Ministries, in collaboration with Hope4Justice, Light of the World Prayer Center, and CTK Downtown invites you to Stand Against Slavery.  Location: Norway Hall, 1419 N Forest St., Bellingham, WA.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5-7 pm: Help Hope4Justice serve dinner to Rebound families.  Location: CTK Bellingham, 4173 Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226 

Saturday, December 2, 2017: Comfort & Joy Celebration to benefit Rebound of Whatcom County.  Details to come.

Note: Watch for additional events that may be added


MEN ONLY:
You're invited to attend the "Men of Dignity" meeting on 10/11/17 at 7 pm, hosted by Engedi Refuge Ministries.  It will include:

  • Sex trafficking victim care  -  men's role
  • The national and local scope of sex trafficking and what's being done about it.
  • The need for Christian men to take responsibility and respond
  • Practical next steps

Location: Engedi Learning Center Conference Room, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA

JOIN US
Hope4Justice holds quarterly public meetings from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the chosen month at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  The specific date and information about meeting content will be included in this weekly email as far in advance as possible.

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