(Revised Jan 19, 2015)
Everyone is encouraged to join WSDW at there January evening Membership Meeting this Thursday the 22nd where the program will be the Anti-Human Trafficking Program its sponsored throughout this last year in the greater West Seattle area. It will also be a celebration honoring those who have participated in the two year awareness effort. Also, a brief intro of the 2nd phase of WSDW Anti-Human Trafficking effort will be shared! Everyone is welcomed!!
Chair Elizabeth Heath wanted to share the following report:
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS PROJECT 2014
Burma Shave Sign Holders – # Times Participated
Elizabeth Heath – 6
Sonia Glenn – 3
Peggy Abby – 3
Ann Martin – 3
Theresa McCormick – 2
Roberta Reed – 2
Mary Fisher – 2
Flora Belle Key – 2
Marcia Olson – 2
Libby Carr – 2
Rachel Glass – 1
Maia Glass – 1
Julia Gramm – 1
Sid Hoover – 1
Kristina Dahl -
Tessa Sirfale – 1
REASONS TO CELEBRATE!!
Below are dates & times of some of the locations where WSDW sponsored Anti-Human Trafficking Programs. The Hosts are indicated as well:
January 22, 2015 – Anti Human Trafficking Program, WSDW Membership Meeting @ West Seattle Golf Course w/Robert Beiser, Seattle Against Slavery
January 11, 2015 - Anti Human Trafficking Program, Peace Lutheran Church
December 9, 2014 - Rotary Luncheon at Salty's on Alki Beach w/Robert Beiser, Seattle Against Slavery.
November 9, 2014 - Westside Unitarian Universalist Church w/Robert Beiser, Seattle Against Slavery...this is the second time at WSUU....special invitation going to the teens in the congregation.
October 13, 2014 - West Seattle Senior Center w/Robert Beiser, Seattle Against Slavery
May 18, 2014 - Fauntleroy Church, Fellowship Hall on California Av SW w/Robert Beiser, Seattle Against Slavery and the movie “Chosen”!!
February 2, 2014 - Westside Unitarian Universalist Church w/Robert Beiser, Seattle Against Slavery
Jan 25, 2014 - Trafficking Awareness “Kick Off” Meeting @ SW Branch Seattle Public Library, 35th Av, w/State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, KCSD Detective Brian Taylor, and Robert Beiser, Dir. of Seattle Against Slavery and the movie “Chosen”!!
A BIT OF HISTORY ABOUT THE ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS COMMITTEE
WSDW in 2013 created its Human Trafficking Awareness Committee. The Committee task was to act as a facilitator using the expertise of qualified organizations to create a program for use within the greater West Seattle Community teaching how to recognize it in our community and, when recognized, what to do with that information. The community awareness meetings are hosted by various community organizations and speakers may include police detectives, Seattle Against Slavery, movies, etc.
Chair Elizabeth Heath recently reported May 28th…….After researching the subject of Human Trafficking for most of the year 2013 after its formation, the Human Trafficking Awareness Committee learned three important things that shaped its campaign.
1) Human Trafficking is a complex, multi-faceted issue and not something our committee members could become proficient about, given our busy lives. Fortunately, there are resources available, such as films produced by other organizations, and local experts to make presentations, such as Robert Beiser, Director of Seattle Against Slavery, and Bryan Taylor, Detective with King County Sheriff.
2) Human Trafficking is a global problem and a local problem. It does not just take place half-way around the world in Thailand, for example; it can and has happened right here in West Seattle.
3) When we learn about many issues, we can end up feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, and helpless. That’s not the case with Human Trafficking. There is much that we community members can do about it. We can report suspicious activity to the national hotline (888-3737-888); we can better inform ourselves about the issue and volunteer with local organizations that are addressing the problem; and we can we can contribute financially to help organizations which help spread awareness, provide victim services, and support legislation to fill in the current loopholes. We can be proud that Washington State has the best legislation on Human Trafficking as well as the best enforcement of the laws. And there is more to be done.