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
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.
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.