Access to the internet via cellphone and laptops is a 24/7 activity for many of us. It is a challenge for many families to monitor and watch what our kiddos are doing in this area.
Village is excited to offer a special training event for parents and their teens about how to navigate the digital world more safely.
Please join us on Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 PM to hear Villager BJ Park share his experience as a District Attorney. His work in prosecuting sexual assault, child pornography, and human trafficking of minors cases has taught him many lessons about the dangers on the internet and how kids can be lured into unsafe situations. BJ wants to share with us what we can do to safeguard ourselves and our families in this critical area .
Join us for our next Critical Conversation, where we will delve into the issue of sex trafficking. This 150 billion dollar per year global industry is exploiting the most vulnerable people in our own community and across the globe.
Hear how the culture that feeds and supports sex trafficking impacts us all. Learn more about how Village is uniquely positioned to engage in this issue, and why we should be bringing the light of Christ into this area of brokenness. We will be led by Village’s own Anti-trafficking team with speakers that include: Justin Euteneier, program manager at EPIK; Adrienne Livingston, a Villager who is WorldVenture’s Global Director for Anti-Trafficking Initiatives; and BJ Park, A Villager who is Deputy District Attorney for the Multnomah County DA’s office working in the Violent Crimes Unit.
We will track and post bills that are pending in state and national governments to address sex trafficking. Please submit your inputs about pending legislative actions via our comment form. Thanks!
US Senate Bill 104
A bill to provide for the vacating of certain convictions and expungement of certain arrests of victims of human trafficking.
US Senate Bill 1693
A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of that Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sex trafficking. This bill is aimed at closing a loophole that has been exploited by some providers to assist in selling sex services online.
UPDATE – 04 Nov 17
Senate Bill 1693, also known as the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (Sesta) has been amended and now has the support from the internet Association, which includes Facebook, Google and Amazon among its members. This is a critical step to approval. For more information, see the BBC article on the subject.
Law enforcement and survivor support groups are in constant need of donated smart phones and gift cards ($5-25) to give to trafficking survivors. The survivors phones are taken as evidence and they have food and clothing needs.
For all of October & November, Village’s Anti-Trafficking team will be collecting these items at the Information Counter in the Sanctuary Lobby before and after all worship services. Consider donating your used smart phone instead of trading it in when you upgrade (smart phones only; please reset your phone to factory settings before donating). Questions? Contact Insil Kang