I. Who is involved in the Abolitionist Network?
A. Churches in the Abolitionist Network:
City Church, Brighton MA (Has an Abnet cohort)
Church of the Cross, Brighton, MA (Seeking the welfare of the city)
Christian Fellowship of Boston, Brazilian Church in Somerville MA (live2Love movement)
Defenders Church, Dorchester Boston MA (rose of Sharon ministry)
Emmanuel Baptist Church, Norfolk, MA (Sanctity of Life ministry)
Reunion Church, Boston and Somerville, MA
United Church of Christ Norwell, Norwell, MA (South Shore coalition)
B. Churches involved in the movement against Trafficking:
Bethel AME (Bethel Institute for Social Justice: Shatter the Silence network) Boston MA
C. Christian Ministries in the greater Boston area addressing human trafficking:
All Hands In - We are committed to making a difference in our community by providing educational awareness and events on the issue of human trafficking in addition to seeking opportunities to assist survivors of Human Trafficking.
Amelia’s Light - Prevention education, community awareness and vocational support for our sisters in Uganda
Amirah - Amirah (\a-meer-ah\) is a non-profit organization located in the Boston area dedicated to providing effective, whole person aftercare for survivors of commercial exploitation.
Art Speak (Highrock North shore)
Bethany Christian Services of Southern New England
BLOOM by Teen Challenge New England - short term residential housing for girls 12-18 in South-Eastern MA
Gathering For Hope, Lexington and North Shore
Live2Love Worship ministry (Christian Fellowship of Boston Church)
Rose of Sharon Ministry (Defenders Church)
Route One Ministry, at EGC - The vision of Route One is to minister to women exploited by the sex industry
SOBO project (see the one be the one) in Quincy MA
Shatter the Silence and the Shatter Project
St Bakhita House - a safehouse for women over 18 coming out of sex trafficking or labor trafficking
The Nathan Project : support for men recovering from sex and porn addiction
The Well Coffee House, In South Station, Boston MA (The Well Church)
II. Who else is fighting Human Trafficking locally? (Abnet partners)
A. Coalitions/ Networks:
Connecting and Equipping MA to Prevent, Identify and End Human Trafficking!
DEMAND Abolition This site focuses on the demand side of human trafficking and how to stop this cycle. The site includes important and helpful information on why this approach could be the answer to this major problem
CEASE Network Boston A network working to lessen the harm inherent to the illegal sex industry by reducing the demand for paid sex. Through initiatives targeting sex buyers the CEASE Network will cut the illegal sex trade by 20%, in every city it operates in, within two years.
Not on Our Watch: Lower Roxbury Coalition, Dumas.LaFontant@wshc.org
MA Department of Public Health task force, led by Linda Brown. Quarterly gatherings, focusing especially on labor trafficking and public health
The High Risk Youth Network Monthly meetings and “speakers series” to connect agencies, NGOs and community leaders working with “high risk youth” in Boston.
B. Labor Trafficking / Immigration activists:
MA Interfaith Worker Justice We are a network of people of faith that calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits and conditions for workers, and give voice to workers, especially low-wage workers.
MataHari: Eye of the Day This site will connect you with many different social issues that are faced on a daily basis such as “internalized and institutional racism, heterosexism, classism, xenophobia, partner and sexual violence and exploitation as it occurs within our communities of color, immigrant communities and within our social justice organizations”. They are seeking justice for the many people who are abused in our community today.
MIRA: The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. MIRA’s work encompasses policy and advocacy analysis, institutional organizing, training and leadership development, and communications.
Boston Faith and Justice Network We believe you need to “Live gratefully, change our community, and Advocate” for the cause. Resources available such as the “Lazarus at the Gate” curriculum, looking at financial Stewardship, justice and generosity.
C. Academia / Research:
Carr Center for Human Rights: programing on Human Trafficking through out the year
Intercollegiate convention against modern slavery : network of Boston area schools coming together to end modern slavery
Melissa Farley - Northeastern University
Donna Hughes - University of RI
D. Aftercare for Youth:
My Life My Choice - We empower youth to find their voice and create a positive life path: through Survivor mentoring, groups, advocacy, and community trainings.
The SEEN Coalition - wrap around model for case management for CSEC girls
BLOOM, by teen Challenge - short term residential housing for girls 12-18
E. System involved youth:
Roxbury Youthworks - BUILD program, for boys and trans youth survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation
Germaine Lawrence- Group home for high risk girls in Foster Care
F. Homeless youth:
G. Aftercare for Adults:
Housing and case management for survivors of human trafficking:
RIA house Case management and survivor support groups for women over 18 who are coming out of commercial sexual exploitation
The Eva Center Case management and housing for women over 18 who are coming out of commercial sexual exploitation. House has some capacity for women with children.
Amirah whole-person, wrap around care and housing for women over 18, domestic, coming out of sex trafficking/ commercial sexual exploitation
Procopio Consulting and Counseling : male survivors of commercial sexual exploitation
Bethany Christian Services of Southern New England - case management for labor and sex trafficking
MataHari:eye of the Day - case management for labor trafficking especially
H. Addiction recovery for adults:
I. Domestic Violence/ Rape crisis support:
J. Healthcare Resources:
Boston Medical Center Clinic for DV and human trafficking
HEAL trafficking- National network of resources and trainings for healthcare providers on human trafficking
Education For Health Care Services:
K. Law enforcement and Legal services:
Federal law enforcement task force including the FBI and DHS
Peter DiMarzio hosts Quarterly victims assistance network meetings for New England
Family Justice Center - A location housing several non-profits and police units, under the same roof to foster collaboration
III. Learn more about human trafficking:
A. Recommended Books
Remember to order through Amazon Smile and support an organization fighting human trafficking.
The Just Church - Jim Martin
The Diary of Jasmine Grace - Jasmine Grace Marino
Girls Like Us - Rachel Lloyd
The Slave Next Door - Kevin Bales
Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecoside and the secret to saving the earth - Kevin Bales
Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery - Siddharth Kara
Not For Sale - David Batstone
A Crime So Monstrous - Ben Skinner
The Locust Effect - Gary Haugen
The Good News about Injustice - Gary Haugen
Half the Sky- Nicholas Kristof
Justice Awakening: How you and your church can help end human trafficking - Eddie Byun
The White Umbrella: walking with survivors of sex trafficking - Mary Frances Bowley
Roadmap to Redemption, 10 week Workbook for survivors - Rebecca Bender
Collaborating against human trafficking - Kirsten Foot
The Essential Abolitionist: What you need to know about human trafficking and modern slavery - John Vanek
Undaunted: Daring to do what God calls you to do - Christine Caine
Unstoppable: Running the race you were born to win - Christine Caine
Unashamed: Drop the baggage, pick up your freedom, fulfill your destiny- Christine Caine
B. Recommended Documentaries:
A path appears (Episode 1 features Boston, and MLMC)
Voices of human trafficking 2017 (short video produced by EGC Films)
C. Informational Websites:
mceht.org (MA state coalition)
slaveryfootprint.org (labor trafficking)
betterworldshopper.org (fair trade resources)
D. Educational Resources For Schools:
Love 146 Not a Number Prevention Curriculum
CAASE Chicago toolkits: The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) provides comprehensive toolkits for teachers, writers, churches, students, doctors, etc who want to spread the word about human trafficking in their spheres.
Learn2Impact social justice curriculum: Learn2Impact offers a free high school curriculum focused on social justice. The curriculum is planned out according to a semester long class schedule and includes units on human trafficking and fair labor.
IJM Social Justice Curriculum for High School Students. International Justice Mission has created a complete curriculum for high school students dealing with social justice--particularly modern day slavery. Includes lesson plans, handouts, and homework assignments.
Human Trafficking 101 for School Administrators and Staff Human Trafficking 101 Factsheets from the Blue Campaign with useful resources for trafficking awareness for schools.
Human Trafficking Toolkit for High School Students and Educators A collection of downloadable resources about human trafficking to be used in a high school setting.
IV. Resources For Churches:
International Justice Mission: ijm.org/churches
Let my People Go Network: www.lmpgnetwork.org
Greater Boston Prayer and Action Network: gbpan.wordpress.com
Safe Church training: diomass.org/inside/learning/safe_church
Safe Families Resources: http://www.safefamilies.org/
Domestic Violence survivor support: Hagar’s Sisters: hagarssisters.org
Domestic Violence Response Training: Safe Havens : interfaithpartners.org
Response to Child Abuse in a Christian Context: www.netgrace.org
Support for healing from sexual brokenness: Living Waters Ministry, Boston
Sexual addiction, Men’s accountability groups: nathanproject.net
Domestic Violence Abuser education, EMERGE: www.emergedv.com
Confronting the Exploiters - by One Life Matters: onelifematters.org
Fair Trade Products for Churches: Equal Exchange: shop.equalexchange.coop/organization-orders
Mentoring Toolkit - Elevate: taking your life to the next level By Rebecca Bender and Kathy Bryan
Hands that Heal training - faastinternational.org/hands-that-heal
Other books/resources for leaders we recommend:
When Helping Hurts - Steve Corbett
Helping without Hurting - Steve Corbett
Generous Justice - by Tim Keller
Trauma and Recovery - Judith Hermon
The Wounded Heart - Dan Allender
Real Sex - Lauren Winner
V. Self Care Resources for Leaders:
A. Locations for retreat:
List from Harvard Div School: https://hds.harvard.edu/life-at-hds/religious-and-spiritual-life/retreats-and-quiet-places
St. Joseph's Abbey, Spencer MA,
Agape Community, Ware MA
The Emery Guest House at SSJE, near Newburryport, MA
B. Books on burnout prevention and sabbath:
Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation, by Richard Rohr
The Rest of God:Restoring your soul by restoring Sabbath, by Mark Buchanan
Sabbath: finding rest, renewal and delight in our busy lives, by Wayne Muller
Sabbath as resistance: saying no to a culture of now, by Walter Brueggemann
Community and Growth: Jean Vanier
Leading on Empty : Wayne Cordiero
Trauma Stewardship: Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky