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PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN YOUR COMMUNITY
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An update from Clark and Jennifer Jensen
Thank you for partnering with us in our mission to protect children and preserve families in at risk communities around the world since 1999. It has been quite a journey! We are excited to have launched in 8 countries working through churches and community organizations to find local and sustainable solutions to the issues of child trafficking and exploitation.
Here are some highlights from each country:
Through our church partner in Delhi, led by Pastor Vincent Paul, we have established several programs including a licensed shelter (25 beds) for young girls who have been trafficked, raped, and systematically abused. To date, this shelter has cared for over 500 young girls with a 95% success rate of family restoration. The governing body in Delhi declared our shelter as the model; any group wanting to open a similar effort must be trained and certified by our team. We established an education program in a railroad slum community that has now grown to include a majority of the children from the slum. Once children graduate, they are able to enroll in the formal government school. This is a tremendous success in a community where parents were initially very hesitant to send children to school as they needed them to earn daily wages. It has also allowed us to share His love with this community.
This is where the Daughter Project was ‘born’. Thousands of young Nepali girls are trafficked across the border into India and beyond each year, many of these girls spend the remainder of their lives in brothel cities. A grassroots 'club' approach to bring awareness and prevention to this issue was launched in affected villages all across the country. An example of this approach is a student girls' club in Nuwakot that decided to take matters into their own hands at their school. A male teacher would bring female students to the front of the class and put his hand in the breast pocket of their uniform to shame them. The girls petitioned the school leadership to adopt new uniforms that did not include breast pockets, and they won! This empowered the girls to make other positive changes as well and work together to encourage one another. In Nepal, we also have a licensed shelter (10 beds) for children who have been rescued from traffickers and systematic abuse as well as a long term family home for 8 girls who were abandoned and orphaned. These girls have ‘God-parents’ through our partner church, a model that other churches are adopting.
This country has recently been downgraded by the US State Department with respect to its efforts to combat human trafficking (Trafficking in Persons Report 2018). We work in the capital city of Yangon as well as the states of Chin, Shan and Kachin as these areas have significant human trafficking activity. Many Burmese children are trafficked domestically for labor as well as into neighboring countries for child marriage, sexual enslavement, etc. Our coordinators work to form clubs and hold awareness campaigns to educate families about the risks of letting their children go away from home. They have also intercepted several trafficking rings and been able to restore children back home with their families. Current efforts in the capital city include restoring children who live in large 'child prisons'.
Global Family’s work in Canada includes church-based clubs in various cities across the country and the beginning of the ‘Just One’ mentorship campaign. We have seen great strides in raising awareness and community mobilization against human trafficking. We are in the beginning stages of opening a center for CSEC youth in Ontario, a highly affected area with respect to child trafficking.
We have worked in the United States since 2016, starting girls’ empowerment clubs and a level 12 group home for minor victims (ages 12-17) of commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC) in Bakersfield, CA. We have loved getting back to our roots here in California, partnering with our home church(es) and local organizations. Our most recent initiative, PRESEHT, aims to educate child care professionals and youth about how to identify and intervene in human trafficking. Beneficiaries of this training include educators, church youth and outreach teams, foster care, the transportation and service industry… just about anyone who comes into contact with minors on a regular basis. The youth version helps teens to be more aware of the issue, know what to do and how to recognize when their peers are affected.
The Daughter Project has been working in El Salvador for the last two years starting girls’ empowerment clubs through rural churches. This is the first country in Latin America in which we have partnered, and we have seen extraordinary growth! This November, we will host a girls’ club camp that will strengthen club communities and continue to teach girls about how to protect themselves from systematic abuse and help them dream for their futures. This represents an exciting step towards prevention of human trafficking in El Salvador.
We have just launched in Thailand in the northern area of Chiang Rai. Our focus is to work with tribal groups in this region (the golden triangle) to raise awareness and find local solutions to the issues of child exploitation and trafficking. Our girls' inner beauty curriculum has been translated into Thai (also in French, Spanish, Nepali and English) that builds self-worth and communities of support for at-risk girls. This curriculum includes stories that are based on women from the Bible.
We are in the process of registering in France as this country represents a model for Western Europe, a region highly affected by the issue of human trafficking due, in part, to the recent rise in issues with resettlement and reintegration of refugee communities. Our goal is to develop an evidence-based approach by establishing presence in at-risk communities, understanding the factors that increase abuse, and working with local partners.
Global Family's ultimate goal is to develop innovative best practice models that protect children and preserve families. Our comprehensive approach and curricula will be contextualized for the major cultural regions of the world and our model programs will be accessible on every continent where child exploitation is prevalent. In addition, our key program staff will be sought after as experts in the field. These program approaches include: (1) Locally imagined and managed solutions that bring awareness, empower girls, as well as strengthen families and communities. (2) Intervention shelters that preserve dignity, provide quality care, and prioritize restoration with families and returning victims to the highest level of independence possible. (3) After-care programs that are family based and volunteer caregiver dependent.
We couldn’t do this without your support! Your partnership enables us to move forward, finding local churches in at risk areas of the world that are ready to protect children and preserve families.
God bless you!
Clark and Jennifer Jensen