National Human Trafficking day is Wednesday January 11, 2017

Beginning in 2010, by Presidential Proclamation, each January has been designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

In 2013, President Obama said “As we work to dismantle trafficking networks and help survivors rebuild their lives, we must also address the underlying forces that push so many into bondage. We must develop economies that create legitimate jobs, build a global sense of justice that says no child should ever be exploited, and empower our daughters and sons with the same chances to pursue their dreams. This month, I call on every nation, every community, and every individual to fight human trafficking wherever it exists. Let us declare as one that slavery has no place in our world, and let us finally restore to all people the most basic rights of freedom, dignity, and justice.”

What actions can you take on January 11th?  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Use #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay to post on social media.
  • Check out a library book by Gary Haugen (IJM), David Batstone (Not for Sale), or other author to learn more about human trafficking in our world.
  • Wear your Hope4Justice t-shirt!  (Be prepared for questions from curious people!) 
  • Plan to attend the Hope4Justice public meeting on Tuesday, January 17th (details below)
  • Purchase fairly traded items.  They're more likely to be slave free.
  • Write a quick email to one of your favorite companies to ask about their policies to prevent trafficking in their product lines.

It's easy!  Take a step and be part of combating trafficking.
Sue Ann

Hope4Justice is relaunching as a non-profit!

When: 7-8:30 pm Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Where: Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264
Special Guest: Carol Clayton from Skagit Coalition Against Trafficking will join us.  We'll be discussing how we can help Whatcom County follow King County's successes against sex trafficking through implementation of the Nordic Model.  Come and bring a friend!

SAVE THE DATE!

Plan now to attend the FREE 3rd Annual Human Trafficking Conference put on by Skagit Coalition Against Trafficking.
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: Continental breakfast & light lunch included.
RSVP: dianegoetz4@comcast.net. Please include: Name, telephone #, County & Organization

Let's take concrete steps against sex trafficking!   Skagit Coalition Against Trafficking is working hard to pull together people from the 5 county region of Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, and San Juan Counties to begin our own plans for the Nordic Model.