“In August 2014 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Gathering, there was a moving panel discussion on Human Trafficking. As a result it was decided that our region would get involved in combating sex and labor exploitation within our borders. Aglow International has an Anti-Human Trafficking Ministry; and we need to follow that lead, getting seriously engaged at the local level…” – Edwin Thomas, anti-human trafficking coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Shared Hope International 2018 State Report Cards
Shared Hope International recently released its 2018 State Report Card, which include the results from their analysis and recommendations to address gaps in each state’s domestic minor sex trafficking laws.
Click the button below for a summary of the grades for the states in the Mid-Atlantic Region for 2015-18. Interesting to note that between 2017 and 2018, while the grade remained the same for four of the six jurisdictions, North Carolina moved up from a B-85 to an A-90 and West Virginia moved from a B-82 up to a B-87. The grade scale goes from a low of F to a high of A.
In the region, one state earned an A, three states retained a B, and 2 jurisdictions (Virginia and DC) earned a C. Virginia, with the lowest score, has been unable to improve its grade since 2016. Our states have work to do to close the legal gaps to protect our children under 18 hears of age.
Below are the dates when the legislatures in the region will be in session in 2019. All six legislative sessions begin in January which, as you know, is also National Human Trafficking Awareness month. Urge your legislative leaders and governor to recognize January for that reason.
DE – January 8 – June 30
DC – January 2 – December 31
MD – January 9 – April 8
NC – January 30 – July 12
VA – January 9 – February 23
WV – January 9 – March 9
State elected officials, for the most part, get engaged in issues that their voters care about and bring to their attention. We need to let them know human trafficking is an issue we want them to take seriously.
Recent Events in Maryland
Hogan Names Director of Anti-Human-Trafficking
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has named the state’s first anti-human-trafficking director. Hogan announced Monday that Laurie Culkin will be an advocate on behalf of human trafficking victims. The position will be part of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Culkin will be responsible for coordinating supportive services for victims, as well as enforcement activities relating to human trafficking. Culkin enters the post from the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service in Baltimore. She served as the coordinator of the Human Traffic Prevention Project, where she led the state’s first pro bono program on human trafficking.
New Maryland Law Banning Sextortion Took Effect on October First
An excerpt from news coverage states that “the impetus for the bill came from a growing problem of people using the internet to build relationships, gain others’ confidence and persuade them to provide increasingly more explicit pictures. Then, the so-called “sextortionists” threaten to share the images to coerce the victims — usually women — into appearing in pornography or having sex.
Under the new law, such actions will be a misdemeanor, carrying a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.”
Human Trafficking Awareness Updates
Monroe County Farmers Day Parade & AHT
The amazing thing was this came together at the last second. My daughter called this the “ugliest float in the whole world, and if God can make it first place, He can do anything!” It was by no means the prettiest, but it got the message across. The float did cause conversations and curiosity about what is happening here in our area. We had set up a table on the parade route, and had between fifteen to twenty people stop by.
One lady with four small children, was so surprised that trafficking existed in WV. We told her not only in the big cities in WV, but it was everywhere, even in Monroe County. Monroe County has very small towns and made up of mostly farmland.
It was very rewarding doing the float and setting up an information table. The information we gave out were the pamphlets from Aglow, as well as from other organizations. I encourage Lighthouses to get out and do something regarding trafficking. If it saves one child, it is so worth the time and expense. It may be small, but God will cause it to be BIG! – Ruth
Hickory, NC Lighthouse
The Hickory, NC Lighthouse held a meeting on July 14 with Bo Quickel, Vigilante Truth, as our guest speaker. We also had a young lady to share from Safe Harbor Rescue Mission (SHRM), Hickory, NC, who just expanded their program for homeless women to include women and children coming out of human trafficking. We provided AHT resource materials obtained from Blue Campaign* in a pocket folder for everyone who attended. We keep materials on hand all year long for people who make inquiries, especially for someone who wants a packet to take back to their pastor or church. We also included the Mid-Atlantic AHT brochure and Aglow International AHT Prayer Guide brochure.
Praise report. One lady came to the meeting specifically to meet Bo Quickel and volunteered to work in his ministry in Mooresville, NC. She has also connected with SHRM in Hickory to be a volunteer in their program for women who are victims of human trafficking.
The Dirty Dozen List
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) today (February 12) launched its 2018 Dirty Dozen List, a list of carefully selected entities that are major, mainstream facilitators of sexual exploitation in our society and culture.
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Aglow Mid-Atlantic Region
Anti-Human Trafficking Activities
2017 – 2018
November 30, 2017
Following is a compilation of the Anti-Human Trafficking activities conducted and expected during 2017 and planned for in 2018 throughout the Aglow Mid-Atlantic Region (Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia).
DELMARVA Area Team
Maryland West Area Team
Maryland East Area Team
North Carolina East Area Team
North Carolina Central Area Team
North Carolina West Area Team
West Virginia Area Team
Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
Aglow Mid-Atlantic Region Anti-Human Trafficking Resources
Aglow International has a global Anti-Human Trafficking ministry reaching out to over 170 nations. Within the United States, Aglow is divided into regions. The Mid-Atlantic Region is composed of: Washington, D.C. and the states of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.
The Mid-Atlantic Region began its actions to combat human trafficking in the summer of 2014. Some of our local groups, Lighthouses, were involved prior to that time. Much has been accomplished during this short-time period and much more is planned. Following is a summary of the highlights of what has taken place regionally and locally throughout the mid-Atlantic area.
- Prayer Walks and Drives to and around truck stops, trucks, highways, churches, schools, police stations, motels/hotels, restaurants
- Prayer Conference Calls
- Prayer in groups at local and regional meetings and with other ministries
- Prayer for local leaders and with individuals
Conducting Conferences, Workshops, Community Meetings and Forums
- Panel discussions, presentations
- Showing and discussing movies and DVDs
- Small group sharing and planning sessions
In addition to Aglow events there are events co-sponsored with other organizations. Aglow representatives attend and participate in many other community and church events to inform, educate and learn about human trafficking.
- Meet with pastors, youth leaders, school officials, law enforcement officers
- Talk to and provide information to friends and neighbors
- Develop and provide materials; for example, a six step intervention program to fight human trafficking:
Pray, Mentor, Awareness, Show that you care, Prevention, Support advocates
- Give time, money, materials
- Provide baskets containing personal items to trafficked victims and survivors
- Place cards and posters in truck stops and other rest rooms and in hotels/motels
- Go into strip clubs talking to the women who work there
- Contact school boards, middle and high schools, and provide materials
- Contact Boy and Girl Scout groups and leaders to inform them of the dangers in human trafficking
- Partner with human trafficking agencies working with survivors
- Reach out to the media
- Make information available about the Human Trafficking Hot Line
- Support proposed state and local legislation
- Local and state human trafficking task forces
- Civic and business groups
- Schools and Universities
- Providers of services to Human trafficking victims
- Local, state and federal law enforcement officials
Using Social Media
- Make information available via websites, Facebook and other forms of social media
- Provide information and arrange for speakers to explain the dangers of using apps, smart phones, websites etc.
Aglow Mid-Atlantic Region
The Aglow Mid-Atlantic Region serves the areas of the Delmarva Peninsula, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia
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