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! 

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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)