Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Give...To Help Child Victims of Prostitution in Seattle

From the office of Seattle City Council Member Tim Burgess:

A Residential Recovery Program for Prostituted Children in King County
January 2010

There are between 300 and 500 prostituted children in King County today, some as young as 11. Prostituted children are subject to severe physical and psychological abuse from pimps and “johns”. They often experience mental illness and substance abuse problems. Recovery from the resulting trauma requires extensive and highly specialized services provided in a safe setting. There are no services specifically designed for these children today—in Seattle, in King County, or anywhere in the state of Washington. In fact, few such programs exist in the country.

After years of planning, many community partners are coming together to raise money to support a two year pilot program that will house and provide services to approximately 20 youth per year between the ages of 14 and 17. Services will be delivered in a highly structured environment, with activities designed to meet both the individual and collective needs of participants. Specialized prostitution recovery services will be provided including counseling for traumatic stress and trauma recovery, survivor support groups, health education, medical care, life skills training, support for GED or high school completion, help preparing for enrollment in post-secondary education, job readiness training, employment placement and internships. Lastly, participants will be given safety, security and opportunities to have fun, engage in age-appropriate activities and begin to reclaim their youth.
This program will be professionally evaluated to ensure that the services are working to help children heal from the trauma they have experienced, achieve their goals and reach their potential.
The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department will contract with YouthCare, a local 501(c) 3 nonprofit agency located in Seattle, Washington to provide the services. YouthCare has extensive experience as a provider of services to troubled youth.
Our goal is to launch this program in the spring of 2010. To make this dream a reality, please make a tax deductible donation:
Send a check to: City of Seattle Prostituted Children Rescue Fund, c/o Human Services Department, PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215, or
Donate by credit card: Call the City of Seattle’s Treasury Department at (206) 684-3911 and ask that your contribution be deposited in the Prostituted Children Rescue Fund
Thank you for your kind support of this important project.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Seattle Against Slavery+Western Washington Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Are you interested in working with others to plan practical ways to raise awareness of and fight against Human Trafficking in Washington state and around the globe?

On January 11, 2010, Seattle Against Slavery (SAS) and the Western Washington Coalition Against Human Trafficking (WWCAHT) are hosting a joint planning meeting at the University of Washington (see flier for specific location).

The event will include the opportunity to network with other people and organizations working against human trafficking, time for discussion of effective events, and the chance to hear from leaders in the fight against human trafficking in our area.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Three Cups of Tea and Stones Into Schools

Come hear author and 2009 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Greg Mortenson, discuss his newest book: Stones Into Schools.

When: Tuesday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Seattle Pacific University, Royal Brougham Pavilion, 3414 Third Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119

Mortenson's previous book, Three Cups of Tea, is an international best-seller and shares the story of his work in Pakistan. Stones Into Schools chronicles his journey of establishing schools for girls in Afghanistan. Education is a key component in the fight against human trafficking. Mortenson and those who work alongside him provide girls with the opportunity to reach their potential and to look forward to a fulfilling future.

Saturday, December 12, 2009



Our 3rd Annual Tee Off Against Trafficking Charity Golf Tournament & Luncheon/Auction (the Live Auction and Luncheon are new and open to non-golfers too) is OFFICIAL!
Saturday, May 22nd at The Golf Club at Echo Falls

Are you in helping or donating to the cause?
Contact us at EastsideWOP@gmail.com