Washington State keeps up the fight against trafficking: Bipartisan legislation creates human trafficking criminal no-contact order

An April 17, 2017 press release from the Washington State Attorney General's Office says, "The Washington State Legislature established an important protection for victims of human trafficking today. With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House of Representatives passed an agency request bill from Attorney General Bob Ferguson establishing a specific human trafficking criminal no-contact order, which courts and law enforcement will use to safeguard victims from their traffickers."

Hooray!  Bipartisan support of just about anything these days is something to cheer for and this bill is a great step forward in protecting trafficking victims. One of the bill's supporters explained it like this, “Tragically, the relationship between the perpetrator and the victim, who is generally a teenager, is actually one of a predator taking advantage of an underage youth. This bill creates protections and helps law enforcement assist these young victims,” said Rep. Orwall. “I am relieved that we’re sending this bill to the governor’s desk and I am grateful to all the people who worked hard to make that happen.”

You may or may not know that Washington State has previously earned an "A" from Shared Hope International for its legislative efforts to fight sex trafficking. (Learn more about our state's "report card" here.) This bill keeps the trend going.  
Well done Washington State Legislators! 
SAH


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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. This is wonderful event is held each year, as members of the community come together to support the needs of abused and neglected kids in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Date:  Friday May 13th, 2017
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


TAKING ACTION
Students at WWU and in local high schools and middle schools have recently contacted Hope4Justice about anti-trafficking projects they are planning.  We love their passion to fight this injustice and will share project updates as they happen!

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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 second building.)