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 45.8 million people subject to some form of modern slavery in the world today

The 2016 Global Slavery Index by rights group Walk Free Foundation estimates there are 45.8 million people subjects to some form of modern slavery in the world today.  Nearly 46 million people around the world are living as slaves, forced to work in factories, mines and farms, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude.  The 2016 Global Slavery Index indicated the ten countries with the largest estimated absolute numbers of people in modern slavery include some of the world’s most populous countries: India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, North Korea, Russia, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Indonesia. Several of these countries provide the low-cost labor that produces consumer goods for markets in Western Europe, Japan, North America (Whatcom County) and Australia.   The country with the highest estimated proportion of modern slavery by population is North Korea. Though information on North Korea is difficult to verify, pervasive evidence exists that citizens are subjected to state-sanctioned forced labor, including through forced labor as political prisoners and as workers on overseas contracts.
 
To view/download the 2016 Global Slavery Index go to  (http://downloads.globalslaveryindex.org/GSI-2016-Full-Report-1505711402.pdf) and for additional   information on current modern-day slavery, open the following Walk Free Foundationweb pages https://www.globalslaveryindex.org/ &https://www.walkfreefoundation.org/.


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 coming up:
 

Sunday, September 24, 2017: Freedom Sundayservices at NCCTK.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Quarterly public meeting from 7-9 pm at Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA.  (Note the extended time.)  We'll be showing the documentary "IAm Jane Doe."

Saturday, October 21, 2017: 2nd AnnualHoptoberfest - from 5pm - 10pm at Bellingham's Sportsplex (no rain, we promise!)  Benefitting 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.

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
Our September event is next week on September 24th at North County Christ the King Church!

Hope4Justice invites you to join us at a Freedom Sunday service at North County Christ the King, 1835 Liberty Street, Lynden, WA 98264.  Choose from 9 or 11 am or 6:30 pm services on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Hope4Justice will be featured during each service. Afterward we'll be in the foyer to share information and answer questions.  We hope to see you -- and a friend -- there!

The Slavery Footprint

Operated by Made in A Free World, the Slavery Footprint challenge encourages users to learn about goods commonly produced with slave labor. In order to create individual scores, Made in a Free World first chose to investigate slave labor usage in the supply chains of more than 400 of the most popular consumer products.
http://www.endslaverynow.org/act/action-library/find-your-slavery-footprint

Bipartisan legislation to hold Backpage accountable

And ensure justice for victims of sex trafficking

Loopholes may be closing.

Twenty-one senators recently introduced bipartisan legislation — "The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act — to ensure justice for victims of sex trafficking and ensure that websites such as Backpage.com, which knowingly facilitate sex trafficking, can be held liable and brought to justice."  

"The legislation is the result of a two-year Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) inquiry, led by Senators Portman and McCaskill, which culminated in a report entitled “Backpage.com’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking,” which found that Backpage.com knowingly facilitated criminal sex trafficking of vulnerable women and young girls and then covered up evidence of these crimes in order to increase its own profits.  The measure has been endorsedby the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and other anti-trafficking advocates and law enforcement organizations."

Senator Claire McCaskill explained, “Until our investigation showed Backpage was actively facilitating sex trafficking, the company had repeatedly used the federal law that protects online platforms to escape accountability for the disgusting crimes it aided. 

This proposed legislation would update the law and take away that protection.

Senator John McCain says, "“It is disgraceful that the law as written has protected Backpage from being held liable for enabling these horrific crimes. Our legislation would eliminate these legal protections and ensure companies like Backpage are brought to justice for violating the rights of the most innocent among us.”

Senator Ted Cruz says, “I am proud to join Senator Portman’s bill in efforts to stop businesses that would promote or enable the heinous industry of human trafficking.  There is zero tolerance for those who engage in the abuse and victimization of trafficking, in Texas or anywhere. I am hopeful that this bill will save lives and eliminate legal loopholes to hold these offenders accountable in the strongest terms, and bring justice to those they have exploited.”

Let's hope this legislation is enacted quickly and Backpage.com - and similar sites -  are finally held accountable.
SueAnn

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


HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


SAVETHEDATE

Engedi Refuge Ministries has scheduled
STAND AGAINST SLAVERY
for Friday evening, 11/3/17.

Details will be posted in future Hope4Justice emails.


JOIN US
Hope4Justice is changing to quarterly public meetings plus event involvement.   The next event opportunity is Freedom Sunday at NCCTK on 9/24/17 at 9 am, 11 am, or 6:30 pm.  The next quarterly public meeting will beTuesday, October 17, 2017.

We will publicize event and meeting dates as far in advance as possible.  Join us when you can to learn about or be directly involved in anti-trafficking efforts.
 

TAKE ACTION

Our September event is at North County Christ the King Church on September 24th!

Hope4Justice invites you to join us at a Freedom Sunday service at NCCTK, 1835 Liberty Street, Lynden, WA 98264.  Choose from 9 or 11 am or 6:30 pm services on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Hope4Justice will be featured during each service. Afterward we'll be in the foyer to share information and answer questions.  We hope to see you -- and a friend -- there!

(Note: There will not be a separate public meeting in September.)

When tragedy strikes, traffickers take advantage

How Shared Hope International is helping to prevent trafficking of Hurricane Harvey victims 

The unfolding tragedy in Texas has shown how people can and will step up to work together, care for each other, and link arms to get through a crisis.  In the last several days there have been hundreds of rescues and acts of goodwill as well as the mobilization of an army of helpers on its way to Texas. 

However, there are also people that will take advantage of victims in vulnerable situations.  An email from Shared Hope International reminded readers that, "Traffickers are responding to the tragedy in Texas, too. They prey on the vulnerable and hurting. Natural disasters present prime opportunity to exploit the need for shelter, clothing, and food."

Though Shared Hope is not a relief organization, they care about the vulnerable and at-risk women and children and are using their resources to educate and alert relief workers in Texas and spread awareness among survivors.  Shared Hope says:

  1. We have mobilized our Ambassadors who live in the Texas region.
  2. We are providing our Chosen video at no charge to individuals, organizations, churches, and shelters so that relief workers can recognize the signs of sex trafficking and be aware of its dangers.
  3. Doors are open for us to spread the word and protect the vulnerable. By God’s grace, we have many established relationships in Texas — with law enforcement and legislators. In fact, Governor Abbott received our Path Breaker award in 2011 for his leadership in the fight against sex trafficking.

 

Thank goodness for the anti-trafficking groundwork already done in Texas.  Let's pray that any and all efforts of traffickers to take advantage of vulnerable flood victims are recognized and brought to a halt.

Sue Ann

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


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Who needs to know about this?  Please share!

Free Webinar: Introduction to a Public Health Framework for Human Trafficking on 9/14/17 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern).

The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center says, "We are excited to announce the first webinar in our Emerging Issues Webinar Series. This webinar will introduce you to a public health framework for human trafficking, which allows communities to identify and respond to the complex needs of all individuals who have been trafficked. A public health approach aims to prevent human trafficking by examining the root causes that make individuals, families, and communities vulnerable to trafficking, an often overlooked aspect of the 3P Paradigm: Prosecution, Protection, and Prevention."

Register HERE


JOIN US

Our September event is at North County Christ the King Church onSeptember 24th!

Hope4Justice invites you to join us at a Freedom Sunday service at North County Christ the King, 1835 Liberty Street, Lynden, WA 98264.  Choose from 9 or 11 am or 6:30 pmservices on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Hope4Justice will be featured during each service then we'll be in the foyer afterward to discuss upcoming events and changes in the STEP scholarship.  We hope to see you -- and a friend -- there!

(Note: There will not be a separate public meeting in September.)

Google Maps & screen shots used to rescue trafficked girls

Two moms in Michigan used Google maps to locate their daughters and save them from traffickers. The 15-year olds had run away, taking their cell phones with them. As is the case with many runaways, they soon found themselves caught in a trafficking situation.  WXYZ in Warren, Michigan reported on 8/18/17"Once the girls knew they were in trouble, they did secret, video phone calls with their moms. This is where the story gets very interesting. 

While on the phone the girls would move the phone to show where they were. The moms took screen shots and then pieced them together along with Google Maps and ground images to find the apartments where the girls were. 

They say they had to search more than 100 different apartment complexes over a day and a half.  One distinct aspect confirmed they had the right location, a pool shaped like a number 8.  It was the Harlo Apartments near 13 Mile and Mound in Warren.

The moms called police. They met at the apartments and the girls were found safe and sound. 

It turns out, the FBI had an open investigation at this location for human trafficking. The moms say sex ads were posted online."

It's good to see technology used to help trafficked victims instead of exploiting them. Hopefully there are many, many more stories with positive endings like this one.
Sue Ann

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


LEARN MORE

Free Webinar: Introduction to a Public Health Framework for Human Trafficking on 9/14/17 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern).

The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center says, "We are excited to announce the first webinar in our Emerging Issues Webinar Series. This webinar will introduce you to a public health framework for human trafficking, which allows communities to identify and respond to the complex needs of all individuals who have been trafficked. A public health approach aims to prevent human trafficking by examining the root causes that make individuals, families, and communities vulnerable to trafficking, an often overlooked aspect of the 3P Paradigm: Prosecution, Protection, and Prevention."

Register HERE

JOIN US


Hope4Justice public meetings are normally  from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month but we're taking off the month of August 2017!

See you in September!


TAKE ACTION

When you shop, check out products from an "empowerment retailer" 

End Slavery Now says,"Empowerment retailers focus on empowering vulnerable/poverty stricken women and giving them the skills and tools necessary to become economically independent. Often times, empowerment retailers support fair trade initiatives and employ survivors of human trafficking."

Check out these online retailers:
Bead for LifeTo The MarketThistle FarmsSseko Designs,
FreesetSudaraInternational Sanctuary

Locally, you might visit Betty Be Good Boutique in Birch Bay Square, 8125 Birch Bay Square Street, #201, Blaine, Washington, USA 98230 or in Bellingham at 1301 W. Bakerview Rd, #105, Bellingham, Washington, USA 98226

Betty Be Good Boutique donates a portions of it's profits to support Deborah's Gate, a unique safe house and residential program for victims of human trafficking.  Read about it HERE.

How to talk to your kids about slavery

Age appropriate suggestions from 3-18

Jamie Martin's husband works for LOVE 146, an organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation.  Jamie's blog post from 9/15/14 --  though a few years old -- gives great suggestions for age appropriate ways to talk with children about trafficking.

She begins with this recommendation: "Some (children) will be ready for information at an early age, some late. I tend to veer toward the better late than early philosophy – especially when I’m giving advice to so many of you – but you are the expert in your home so adjust as needed."

Referring to when her own children were preschoolers, Jamie says, "Young preschoolers understand three things well: children, home, and family. Use these concepts as the starting point of talking with them about this issue–or any injustice involving other children. When they were this age, Trishna, Jonathan, and Elijah knew that Daddy went to work to help children whose families aren’t able to take care of them and who need a safe home. Adding any other details simply isn’t necessary."

When her children moved into the 6-8 age group, Jamie introduced picture books featuring figures involved in freedom and abolition such as Abraham Lincoln, the Underground Railroad, Martin Luther King, and others. Check out her book list here.  Introducing children to the idea of "how many slaves work for you" by taking the survey at www.slaveryfootprint.org  was also something she felt was appropriate.

Additional suggestions for middle school and high school aged students are given, including how to approach the topic of sex trafficking, how traffickers target vulnerable children, and more. Read the full article HERE.

I found this to be an interesting article from a woman whose husband is involved in the fight!  If you think it's of value, please share with others.
Sue Ann

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


TAKE ACTION

FreedomSunday 
is September 24, 2017


International Justice Mission says, "Dedicate Sunday, September 24 to ending slavery. God wants everyone to be free and wants your church to help bring hope and freedom to every enslaved and abused child, woman and man."

IJM provides a wealth of materials to support your church's approach to Freedom Sunday.  Click here for details.


JOIN US

Hope4Justice public meetings are normally  from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month but we're taking off the month of August 2017!

See you in September!

Microsoft & Seattle Against Slavery

Working together against sex trafficking

I've never heard of a chatbot.  Have you?  

An August 7, 2017 wired.com article talks about them and how they're used to discourage men that are looking online to purchase sex.  Wired.com says, "TECH COMPANIES PITCH chatbots to businesses as a way to keep customers coming back for more. A new bot built by Microsoft employees in their spare time is designed to do exactly the opposite."

Wired.com explains, "The chatbot, tested recently in Seattle, Atlanta, and Washington, lurks behind fake online ads for sex posted by nonprofits working to combat human trafficking, and responds to text messages sent to the number listed. The software initially pretends to be the person in the ad, and can converse about its purported age, body, fetish services, and pricing. But if a would-be buyer signals an intent to purchase sex, the bot pivots sharply into a stern message." 

"Microsoft employees built the bot in a philanthropic initiative called Project Intercept, in collaboration with nonprofits that hope it can reduce demand for sex workers, and the incentives for criminals to coerce people into the sex trade."  (Read the full article HERE.)

Technology used to fight trafficking!  Love it!
Sue Ann

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


TAKE ACTION

FreedomSunday 
is September 24, 2017


International Justice Mission says, "Dedicate Sunday, September 24 to ending slavery. God wants everyone to be free and wants your church to help bring hope and freedom to every enslaved and abused child, woman and man."

IJM provides a wealth of materials to support your church's approach to Freedom Sunday.  Click here for details.


JOIN US

Hope4Justice public meetings are normally  from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month but we're taking off the month of August 2017!

See you in September!

Heartbreaking death & suffering

Earlier this summer, on July 23, 2017, headlines from the Allen B. West website told of a "grisly discovery" in San Antonio, Texas, where "Eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded with at least 30 others outside a Walmart store in Texas’ stifling summer heat in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case. The driver was arrested."  In addition to the deceased, "Twenty other people in extremely critical or serious condition and eight more with lesser injuries including heat stroke and dehydration were found inside the truck, which didn’t have a working air conditioning system despite blistering temperatures that topped 100 degrees (37 Celsius), authorities said. All were taken to several hospitals."

My heart sank to my toes when I learned about this incident.  What needless suffering and loss.

Today I learned of other deaths.  A family I know lost their infant to SIDS today. Another person lost her long-time friend to a heart attack. Heartbreak and grief are consuming the families and friends of these victims.

Death and suffering greatly impact us and leave us feeling helpless, angry, sad, and/or a myriad of other emotions.  I don't have the so-called "right" words to say or suggested actions to take when suffering and death happen.  I personally draw nearer to God and trust in his promises to be my Comforter.  At some point, I may decide to join in a SIDS research fundraiser or donate to the American Heart Association or take a specific action against human trafficking in memory of the person/persons who died.

For now, I am just sad and am praying for those who are grieving the loss of their loved ones, both nearby and across the country.  If you're a praying person, would you join me?

Sue Ann

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


TAKE ACTION

FreedomSunday 
is September 24, 2017


  Soon -- too soon -- it will be September!  With just 7 weeks to go, it's time to plan for Freedom Sunday on September 24, 2017.
 
International Justice Mission says, "Dedicate Sunday, September 24 to ending slavery. God wants everyone to be free and wants your church to help bring hope and freedom to every enslaved and abused child, woman and man."

It can be as simple as a short two-sentence mention from the pulpit along with a prayer for enslaved people in the world or it can be a full sermon with flyers, a video, companion materials for small groups, and more!

IJM provides a wealth of materials to support your church's approach to Freedom Sunday.  Click here for details.


JOIN US

Hope4Justice public meetings are normally  from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month but we're taking off the month of August 2017!

See you in September!

Six actions to take in the next 12 days

Join the 12DaysOfAction campaign against sexual exploitation

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is promoting 12DaysOfAction,August 1-12, 2017, to  work to change six companies that are normalizing or profiting from sexual exploitation.  NCOSE says, "All year round we work to change the culture by changing corporations. Government policies are very important, but if we're honest, Google and Amazon are far more intimately connected to our day-to-day lives than Congress is."  

That's where you and I come in.  NCOSE says, "We need YOU to get involved with our #12DaysOfAction campaign from August 1-12 where we give you 12 days to take 6 actions which can influence CEOs around the country!"

Which companies are being targeted?
  NCOSE has identified a "dirty dozen" list of offenders.  For the 12DaysOfAction campaign, the following six are targeted: Amazon, Comcast, Cosmopolitan Magazine, EBSCO information services, Roku, and Google's YouTube.  Each of these businesses contributes to normalizing and/or profiting from sexual exploitation through selling or providing explicit and pornographic material.  (See below for details.)

What, exactly, can you do?  Click HERE to learn more about each business then use the contact information, suggested email or phone script, and other ideas to join NCOSE in the fight against sexual exploitation.

You don't have to spend money.  It only takes a few minutes. Even a busy person can work one or more action steps into their schedule.

We CAN made a difference.  Let's do it!
Sue Ann

Note: The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) was founded in 1962 to address the connections between pornography and sex trafficking, violence against women and children, harms to children, addiction, the breakdown of the family and more.  It is a leading national organization addressing the public health crisis of pornography and exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation.  Learn more about them HERE. 

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


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Click on the links below to learn more about the companies named above:

Amazon: Click HERE

Comcast: Click HERE to read NCOSE article, "#Comcast Cares?  Then Why Does It Sell Sexually Exploitive Material? from 4/24/17

Cosmopolitan Magazine: Click HERE

EBSCO information database (used in middle and high schools): Click HERE to read NCOSE article, "Do Online Databases Filter Out Enough Inappropriate Material?" from 6/24/17

Google: Click HERE.

Roku: Click HERE


JOIN US

Hope4Justice public meetings are normally  from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month but we're taking off the month of August 2017!

See you in September!

How One Man Removed His Local Kroger’s Display of the Fifty Shades of Grey Franchise from the checkout lanes

A June 17, 2017 email from The National Center on Sexual Exploitation tells of the efforts of one man (who wishes to remain anonymous) to remove a display of Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker from the checkout area of his local Kroger store. His email to Kroger management said, “Ask yourself this question, would the way women are treated in these movies be approved as acceptable treatment by Kroger’s Human Resources policies?”  

He quoted the National Center on Sexual Exploitation in his email: “Fifty Shades Darker also sends the dangerous message that women can ‘fix’ their abuser . . . and that domestic violence can be excused because of the abuser’s troubled past. These are prevalent cultural myths that contribute to some women choosing to stay in dangerous and unhealthy relationships. . . .”

These cultural myths plus our tendency toward normalization and distribution of sexually exploitative material  also relate to victim's vulnerability to trafficking and why they stay with their trafficker.

Kroger's response included the statement that the customer’s feedback was taken into consideration and that “the display of DVDs will be moved from the U-scan area to a location where other DVDs and general merchandise are sold.”

The NCOSE email goes on to say, "Although media that promotes abusive relationships can be disheartening, stories like that of the Kroger customer who pushed back against the normalization and distribution of sexually exploitative material serve as a reminder that small actions can make a difference. This should prompt us all to take action the next time we encounter sexually exploitative material at the checkout lane!"

One person's efforts CAN make a difference.  Way to go, sir!
Sue Ann

Note: The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) was founded in 1962 to address the connections between pornography and sex trafficking, violence against women and children, harms to children, addiction, the breakdown of the family and more.  It is a leading national organization addressing the public health crisis of pornography and exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation.  Learn more about them HERE. 

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


Plan for FreedomSunday 
on September 24, 2017


We're past the midpoint of July and moving quickly toward August.  Soon -- too soon -- it will be September!  With just 9 weeks to go, it's time to plan for Freedom Sunday on September 24, 2017!
 
International Justice Mission says, "Dedicate Sunday, September 24 to ending slavery. God wants everyone to be free and wants your church to help bring hope and freedom to every enslaved and abused child, woman and man."

It can be as simple as a short two-sentence mention from the pulpit along with a prayer for enslaved people in the world or it can be a full sermon with flyers, a video, companion materials for small groups, and more!

IJM provides a wealth of materials to support your church's approach to Freedom Sunday.  Click here for details.

 

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)

Government Action Against Trafficking

Two items of legislation introduced recently

Sometimes it seems absolutely nothing gets done in Washington D.C. but partisan attacks and squabbling... at least that's what the media shows us.  In reality, legislation is being introduced and (at least some) business is being accomplished.

On July 12, Senator Amy Klobuchar, (D) from MInnesota introduced S.1536.  According to Truckers Against Trafficking, this bill "... would which would designate a human trafficking prevention coordinator at the US DOT, increase outreach, education and reporting efforts at the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), and provide CDL schools who are implementing anti-trafficking education additional financial assistance.  This bill only incentivizes training at the federal level, it does not mandate it."

Hopefully this legislation becomes law.

Also on July 12, 2017 the Associated Press reported "The House approved three measures that dedicate hundreds of millions of federal dollars to curbing human trafficking.

The bills tackle human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. One program would invest in law enforcement training. Another program provides housing options for victims, as well as mental health counseling and job training. Speaker Paul Ryan says human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world and that law enforcement needs every possible resource to fight it.  President Donald Trump says he's hopeful the Senate will take up the bills as soon as possible."

These house and senate bills are positive steps in the fight against trafficking.  I hope they become law and make the nightly news...
SA

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.
 
 
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The next Hope4Justice public meeting is THIS Tuesday, July 18 at 6 pm.  Normally we meet at Engedi Learning Center but on this date we're planning on a no-host dinner meeting at  Mi Mexico, 241 Telegraph Rd., Bellingham, WA.

We invite you to join us for good food, good company, and good discussion about what we're doing and how YOU can be involved with Hope4Justice.


TAKE ACTION


Have you asked your church to participate in FreedomSunday on September 24, 2017?
 

International Justice Mission says, "Dedicate Sunday, September 24 to ending slavery. God wants everyone to be free and wants your church to help bring hope and freedom to every enslaved and abused child, woman and man."

It can be as simple as a short two-sentence mention from the pulpit along with a prayer for enslaved people in the world or it can be a full sermon with flyers, a video, companion materials for small groups, and more!

IJM provides a wealth of materials to support your church's approach to Freedom Sunday.  Click here for details.

Settlement to victim, biking the Himalayas, and revoking passports

A glimpse at efforts against human trafficking

If you wonder whether anything is making a difference in the fight against trafficking, here are a few headlines from Facebook to encourage you!  

Stars Cabaret to pay $1.25 million settlement to teen sex trafficking victim - From Oregonlive.com on 6/20/17:

"A teen forced to work as a prostitute at a Beaverton strip club when she was 13 will receive $1.25 million in what is the largest individual civil rights settlement brokered by Oregon's top labor regulator, the agency announced Tuesday."   Read the rest of the article here.

Hundreds of nuns trained in Kung Fu are biking the Himalayas to oppose human trafficking -  From Businessinsider.com on 9/16/2016 (almost a year ago, but interesting nontheless!  If they can complete that long of a bike ride, what can I do?):

Five hundred nuns from the Buddhist sect known as the Drukpa Order, on Saturday complete a 4,000-km (2,485 mile) bicycle trek from Nepal's Kathmandu to the northern city of Leh in India to raise awareness about human trafficking in the remote region.  Learn more here.

Australia Plans to Revoke Child Sex Offenders’ Passports to Combat Sex Tourism - From nytimes.com on May 30, 2017

"The Australian government plans to revoke the passports of registered child sex offenders in a significant effort to help combat the booming child sex trade in Asia, officials announced this week.

Under the proposed legislation, about 20,000 people on the country’s sex offender registry would be prohibited from leaving the country. Child sex tourists from Australia are among the most active offenders in the sex trade, particularly in nearby Southeast Asian countries."  Learn more here.

All over the world individuals, groups, and governments are making positive steps against trafficking.  Be encouraged!
Sue Ann

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


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The next Hope4Justice public meeting is on Tuesday, July 18 at 6 pm.  Normally we meet at Engedi Learning Center but on this date we're planning on a no-host dinner meeting at Mi Mexico, 241 Telegraph Rd., Bellingham, WA.

We invite you to join us for good food, good company, and good discussion about what we're doing and how YOU can be involved with Hope4Justice.


TAKE ACTION


Have you asked your church to participate in Freedom Sunday on September 24, 2017?


International Justice Mission says, "Dedicate Sunday, September 24 to ending slavery. God wants everyone to be free and wants your church to help bring hope and freedom to every enslaved and abused child, woman and man."

It can be as simple as a short two-sentence mention from the pulpit along with a prayer for enslaved people in the world or it can be a full sermon with flyers, a video, companion materials for small groups, and more!

IJM provides a wealth of materials to support your church's approach to Freedom Sunday.  Click here for details.

Celebrating Freedom on July 4th

And taking steps toward bringing freedom for those enslaved

We have amazing freedoms at this period of time in the United States.  If you look around the world and/or review a few centuries of history, it's safe to say that we enjoy freedoms that many don't have or never did have.

So let's give thanks for this time and this place and the freedoms we enjoy.

Let's also think about what we can do on behalf of those held captive, whether in a factory in China, on a shrimping boat near Thailand, or under control of a pimp in Atlanta.  

No one should be forced to work or provide services against their will.  No one should be bought and sold.  No one should be trafficked.

As we celebrate our freedoms this holiday, would you think about  inviting YOUR church to be a part of Sept. 24, 2017  International Justice Mission's (IJM) Freedom Sunday,  in order to bring increased awareness about trafficking?

The IJM website says, "Dedicate Sunday, September 24 to ending slavery. God wants everyone to be free and wants your church to help bring hope and freedom to every enslaved and abused child, woman and man."

In a nutshell, Freedom Sunday is intended to help congregations:

  • See the problem of slavery
  • Understand God's heart to end it
  • Join the fight

The good news is that IJM provides everything needed to promote and carry off Freedom Sunday.  A wealth of free resources is available on the IJM website, including bulletins, sermon ideas, videos, social media announcements, facts to share, and more.

Celebrate freedom this Fourth of July then let's take a step toward freedom for others by beginning plans for Freedom Sunday.
Sue Ann


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

UPDATED REGIONAL RESOURCE AVAILABLE
 

Updated versions of the Human Trafficking Information Guide/Pierce County Plus 2017 and the Human Trafficking Resource Directory/Pierce County Plus 2017just became available!  Find them under "Resources" on the Hope4Justice website.

Many thanks to modern day abolitionists in Pierce County for providing these resources.

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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.

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

Pray for our children

...that not even one child is trafficked and any grooming situations are exposed and stopped

Most Whatcom County students  began their summer break from school this week and it is sad fact of life that many young people face increased vulnerability to negative situations at this time of year. 

During the school year, many students develop regular interaction and caring relationships with their teacher(s). When summer comes, that connection is broken and a number of students are on their own to navigate life's troubled waters. More hours in an unstable home situation, lack of supervision, and lack of a safe and caring adult to touch base with increases vulnerability to a host of negative situations -- including enticement to try drugs or alcohol, the lure of pornography, and instances of exploitation and abuse.

Let's pray for all children and youth of Whatcom County as well as the organizations reaching out to them with fun and safe activities:

  • Royal Family Kids Camp  (Bellingham) is this week, June 26 - 30.
  • Rebound of Whatcom County's six week "Ray of Hope" summer day camp starts June 26 and runs through August 4.
  • Numerous other quality overnight and day camps as well as Vacation Bible Schools offer children safe and nurturing environments.

Let's pray for our children to find safe harbor at these camps and activities and/or even within their neighborhood.  Let's pray for intervention in any negative situation.  Let's pray that not even one Whatcom County youth would be lured into trafficking this summer.
SAH

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

Nooksack Valley Middle School Students do project on human  trafficking
Pictured above: Amber H, Cassidy T, and Maya G
Three NVMS students recently completed research projects on human trafficking plus several hours of service for their "Breakout" projects.  Amber and Maya presented information to their peers about sex trafficking of minors and Cassidy earned $200 to donate to Engedi Refuge Ministries.

Amber said, "I did a lot of research and I learned a lot about trafficking and myself.  One thing that was interesting and surprising is that human trafficking is everywhere, even close to us.  Also how much it happens.  It's really sad and heartbreaking."  

Maya commented, "I learned a lot about human trafficking during Breakout. Something that struck me the most was when I learned stories about real trafficking victims/survivors...it made me want to make a difference."

Well done, ladies!  Your efforts make a difference!

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.
 

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.

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

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/ 


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

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/ 


LEARN MORE

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.)