Saturday, January 30, 2010

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Women of Purpose Coffee and Tea: Opportunities to Learn More and Share Hope

Eastside Women of Purpose (EWOP) is part of a larger Women of Purpose group with participants around the country. The world relief organization, World Concern, will be facilitating this great opportunity to hear stories from people working in the countries that WE have been trying to help. They will also be asking for donations but there is NO obligation. Read below for how to register for one or both of these great events!

Dear Women of Purpose and Friends,

We are excited to offer you two opportunities to hear inspiring, heart-touching stories from the front lines of World Concern’s ministry.

On Saturday, February 20th you can come to a scrumptious tea and hear Tracy Stover, our Chad Country Director, speak about what it’s like to bring help and hope to families who have fled the tragic crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and Eastern Chad.

Then, on Saturday, February 27th you can cozy up to cups of coffee while Richard Johannessen and Ana Maria Clamor from our Asia Office in Bangkok share about fighting human trafficking in Southeast Asia.

You won’t want to miss these opportunities to hear what inspiring people are doing to make a difference, and how you can help them take hope farther.

For more details, click here to download a complete copy of the invitation. Advance registrations are required, as space is limited. You can register online at or, or call (206) 546-7396 by February 10th (for the tea) or February 17th (for the coffee).

We hope to see you in February.

Sarah Leech
Women of Purpose Director
World Concern
19303 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 546-7396

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Freedom Prayer Concert Planning Meeting

An ecumenical gathering to pray for freedom of human trafficking victims, healing for survivors, more rescues, mass awareness, laws to to protect, provide & prevent slavery, spiritual bondage of perpetrators (i.e. pimps, slaveowners, johns), the Church to be mobilized, etc. leading to transformational change in our society and culture locally, nationally, and globally.

Moderating meeting: Markus von Steinfort & Alex Sum

Date: Thursday, February 4th
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center
1216 NE 65th Street
Seattle, WA 98115

Hope to see you guys at this meeting! Please RSVP to Markus:

Taking Down Trafficking

Mark your calendar for a great and fun event, Taking Down Trafficking, sponsored by Greater Gold Wrestling.

When: Sunday March 7 12:30 to 2:30
Where: In the Gym at OCC, 9900 Willows Road, Redmond

This women's self defense clinic not only will give you skills to help you survive an assault, but you'll be supporting a great cause in helping to end human trafficking through education, outreach, and advocacy. This is a fund-raiser for Eastside Women of Purpose who work closely with groups in Southeast Asia to help get women and children out of sex slavery and into safe housing along with job training skills.

For more info check out our website as details unfold or give me a call.
In His Grip,
Deborah Robinson
Program Director
Greater Gold Wrestling
(425)343-3701 cell

Thank you, Deborah, for using your unique gifts and abilities in the fight against human trafficking!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Movie Night and Panel Discussion


Join us THIS SATURDAY for a showing of


Produced by International Justice Mission
7 - 9 PM
Overlake Christian Church, Small Auditorium

Following will be a panel discussion by representatives from Seattle based organizations and coalitions, including:
International Justice Mission
Seattle Against Slavery
Not for Sale
Shared Hope International

Talk with speakers, learn about local efforts and hear about OCC's involvement in this initiative.
Childcare available. Please RSVP for number of children.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Local Opportunity to Help Victims of Human Trafficking

We have a great opportunity to put up flyers along the I-5 corridor by contacting gas stations for their permission to put up HELP flyers giving phone numbers as a resource for people being trafficked. With the 2010 Olympics starting in Canada in February we want to canvas the area as soon as possible so here are the details.

WHEN: January 30, 2010

WHERE: Meet at 9 a.m. up in back of Overlake Christian Church (Back Office Entrance) to carpool to South Seattle area

TIME REQUIREMENT : 3 hours including driving time

EXITS WE ARE COVERING: I-5 Corridor Exits 136-162 or more if we have time

MISSION: Encourage gas stations as service providers to the community to be informed of our concern for human trafficking and provide information that they can share with co-workers and get permission to post HELP flyers on their property or in bathroom stalls

QUESTIONS or to RSVP: Patti Orrico at or Kara Hicks at

Thanks for wanting to SAVE A LIFE.

Monday, January 18, 2010

New Freedom Stones Website is UP!

The Freedom Stones Website is UP and running! Check it out and make a donation today. You cannot yet purchase jewelry off of the site but if you are interested in purchasing a necklace or hosting a Home Party, email us at

Thank You!

Thank you for coming to Washington's inaugural HTE event in Olympia!

Many who've worked at the Capitol for years said they've never seen an event that well attended, in that room, with only 2 months preparation. I believe this is proof that the movement to stand against human trafficking in our state is spreading like wildfire amongst the grassroots community, not to mention increased awareness with state officials. There were nearly 150 people in attendance with standing room only and 41 out of the 49 legislative districts received "awareness packets" from event attendees. For many who attended, it was their first trip to an event at the Capitol; I commend you for standing up for what you believe and making the necessary sacrifices to get there. Let's keep up the momentum that HTE has set in motion!

The follow up for this event is JUST as important as attending. The following are ways to take action and continue to send the message to our state lawmakers that human trafficking is something you care about and would like them to care about too. Please participate in one or more of the following ways:
1. Contact your legislator and tell them you are deeply concerned about Human Trafficking in Washington State. Ask them to support Sen. Kohl-Welles' bill number 6330 which would permit human trafficking informational posters in rest areas. Visit to find your legislator--it's easy.
2. Stop human trafficking along I-5. Volunteer to hang posters at one or more gas stations along I-5. For instructions:
3. If you delivered legislative packets on Monday, please email and report your name and which district you were assigned so we can assign follow up.
4. Get your churches, civic groups, families and friends to participate and help us make grassroots activation effective.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your participation and on-going investment to end human trafficking. Unified we can make progress.
Very Sincerely,
Deana Berg
Event Organizer
Washington Human Trafficking Engagement Day

Sunday, January 10, 2010

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Greg Mortenson's Presentation for Seattle Public Libraries

If you were not able to make it to SPU to hear the author of Three Cups of Tea and Stones Into Schools in December, here is a link to the recording of his speech. Some of you may be among those who arrived after all of the seating and standing room had been filled (a very rare occurrence at SPU/for SPL).

If you are interested in reading either of Mortenson's books, both are sold on Amazon and Overstock.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

EWOP Meeting!

(Interested in joining? We would love to meet you. All are welcome!)

THURSDAY, January 14th at 7pm at Overlake Christian Church
Lobby Classrooms 1&2
(the classroom next to the coffee cart - we will have plenty of signage)

We will be going through a number of exciting things:
*Brief explanation of the who, what, why, when of EWOP for all of our new members
*Update on all of our 2009 goals and whether we've met them
*Introduction to our next big (and exciting!) project
*Description of different ways to get involved in our group
*Freedom Stones update...and necklaces :)
*An update on all things "Tee Off Against Trafficking".

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Dear Supporters,
President Obama signed a proclamation on January 4, 2010 declaring January as the "National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month." One of the major highlights this month is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day this Monday, January 11! Help Polaris Project use this day to spread awareness and create action in the fight against modern day slavery. On Monday we will send out news, information, and updates about the issue and Polaris Project's work through all of our social networking sites. Please help us spread the word about human trafficking to your own networks!
How You Can Get Involved:
North Star Blog: Make sure to read our blog about the importance and significance of Human Trafficking Awareness Day! You can share this blog posting on Facebook, tweeting on Twitter, and emailing friends and family.
Twitter: On January 11 Polaris Project will tweet facts and information about human trafficking every hour! Follow Polaris Project and re-tweet messages to make a bigger impact!
Facebook: Join us in changing your Facebook profile picture (to the one above) in solidarity against human trafficking. Talk about it online and get the buzz going that slavery still exists and that with everyone's help we can help bring it to an end! Make sure to check our status updates on Monday, January 11. Participate in the Human Trafficking Awareness Day Fundraising Project! Or, to personalize your efforts, start your own fundraising page!
Action Center: Check out the Action Center for all of the information regarding January 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
We will also have a petition available that you can sign and pledge your commitment to help us end modern day slavery. Everyone who signs the petition automatically will be entered in a drawing to win a free gift: Polaris Project t-shirt, bumper sticker, or button! Winners will be announced on National Freedom Day (February 1) via email.
Mark your calendars for this upcoming campaign! As always we are truly grateful for your support.
Sincerely, Johanna Olivas: Program Associate, Public Outreach and Communications

WA Human Trafficking Engagement Day: January 11

Are you interested in helping win the fight against human trafficking?

WE NEED YOU NEXT MONDAY, JANUARY 11th! This is an invitation to make the worth-while trip to Olympia on Monday to come to Washington State’s FIRST EVER Washington Human Trafficking Engagement Day! We have invited state legislators, state officials and many others working against human trafficking and we need YOU, the grass roots force expressing the need for more work to stop human trafficking in our state! Come and show your support and solidarity simply by attending this important and momentous event in our state.

WHEN: Monday January 11,2010
Registration: 8:30-9:00 AM
Speakers: 9:00-10:00 AM
Advocacy: 10:00-11:00 AM
The Columbia Room in the Capitol Building, Olympia, WA

To RSVP and for more details, please visit:

White House Press Release

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 04, 2010

Presidential Proclamation - National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month


The United States was founded on the principle that all people are born with an unalienable right to freedom -- an ideal that has driven the engine of American progress throughout our history. As a Nation, we have known moments of great darkness and greater light; and dim years of chattel slavery illuminated and brought to an end by President Lincoln's actions and a painful Civil War. Yet even today, the darkness and inhumanity of enslavement exists. Millions of people worldwide are held in compelled service, as well as thousands within the United States. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we acknowledge that forms of slavery still exist in the modern era, and we recommit ourselves to stopping the human traffickers who ply this horrific trade.

As we continue our fight to deliver on the promise of freedom, we commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation, which became effective on January 1, 1863, and the 13th Amendment, which was sent to the States for ratification on February 1, 1865. Throughout the month of January, we highlight the many fronts in the ongoing battle for civil rights -- including the efforts of our Federal agencies; State, local, and tribal law enforcement partners; international partners; nonprofit social service providers; private industry and nongovernmental organizations around the world who are working to end human trafficking.

The victims of modern slavery have many faces. They are men and women, adults and children. Yet, all are denied basic human dignity and freedom. Victims can be abused in their own countries, or find themselves far from home and vulnerable. Whether they are trapped in forced sexual or labor exploitation, human trafficking victims cannot walk away, but are held in service through force, threats, and fear. All too often suffering from horrible physical and sexual abuse, it is hard for them to imagine that there might be a place of refuge.

We must join together as a Nation and global community to provide that safe haven by protecting victims and prosecuting traffickers. With improved victim identification, medical and social services, training for first responders, and increased public awareness, the men, women, and children who have suffered this scourge can overcome the bonds of modern slavery, receive protection and justice, and successfully reclaim their rightful independence.

Fighting modern slavery and human trafficking is a shared responsibility. This month, I urge all Americans to educate themselves about all forms of modern slavery and the signs and consequences of human trafficking. Together, we can and must end this most serious, ongoing criminal civil rights violation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2010 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the vital role we can play in ending modern slavery, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.