The Abolitionist Network
We host monthly lunch gatherings to build relationships, share ideas, and pray for each other. We believe every part of the diverse body of Christ has a valuable role to play.
We stay in tune with the local counter-trafficking landscape, host trainings, and share resources to help churches understand the root causes driving the systems of exploitation, recognize their own part in the problem, and then identify where they can take action through prevention and aftercare efforts, community awareness and intentional prayer.
To fight burnout, we emphasize the importance of rest in our trainings, encourage busy abolitionists in the network to practice regular Sabbath rest, and host an annual retreat.
The vision of Route One is to build authentic relationships with women exploited by the commercial sex industry.
Through building trusting relationships, we connect women to the resources they need to leave the industry by providing for physical, emotional, spiritual and educational needs. Route One helps women to secure new employment, safe housing, rebuild broken relationships and take steps to healthy, fuller lives!
Jasmine’s Story of Impact
Jasmine puts a real face on the issue of what sex trafficking looks like in America. She tells her story to educate the public about the complexity of the trauma and the difficult and often messy work she has put into her recovery. While she wasn't physically handcuffed, she was mentally and emotionally held captive for eight years. She found hope and support through her local church and has now come to find what she was always searching for in Christ. It was His unconditional love.
Jasmine Grace Marino is the Director of Bags of Hope Ministries. For more of her story visit JasmineGrace.org/bags-of-hope
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Connecting and Equipping MA to Prevent, Identify and End Human Trafficking! We are teachers, business leaders, NGO staff, nurses, athletes, students, artists, musicians, lawyers, chefs, accountants, web designers, activists, neighbors, mothers, fathers, kids, friends... we are residents of Massachusetts and we stand together to end human trafficking!
Qué es explotación/Tráfico Humano? "Tráfico Humano es la adquisición de la personas pormedios impropios, tales como la fuerza, el fraude, o la coacción, con el objetivo de explotarlos." United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Si alguien se identifica a sí mismo como una víctima de la trata de personas, o sospecha quealguien está en riesgo o involucrados con la trata de personas y la explotación, aquí están los recursos para la respuesta
If someone self-identifies as a victim of human trafficking, or you suspect someone is at risk or involved with human trafficking and exploitation, here are resources for response.
The ERP is a tool that enables churches to recognize and respond to cases of exploitation. For the purpose of this document, “exploitation” refers to human trafficking, including both sex trafficking and labor trafficking. The ERP contains information on identifying cases of trafficking, instructions on needs assessment, steps for referring potential victims to the most appropriate services, and helpful resources for church members and victims of exploitation.
“Human trafficking is the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them.” If someone self-identifies as a victim of human trafficking, or you suspect someone is at risk or involved with human trafficking and exploitation, here are resources for response.