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...

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For educators and/or anyone who works with children: 

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.

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.


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.