National Briefing Call: Combating Human Trafficking at Large Events

Human trafficking happens 365 days a year, in the United States and around the world. And it spikes during big events like the Super Bowl.

Tomorrow, May 18, at 3:00 pm Eastern / 1:00 pm Mountain, Shared Hope International is hosting a national briefing call on proactive, collaborative approaches to combating human trafficking during large events. The call is for anyone who cares about human trafficking: from general volunteers and community organizers to first responders and law enforcement.

Hear from experts on successes and challenges surrounding the last two Super Bowls. Learn how you can help put an end to human trafficking in your community.

More details on the briefing call are here.  For call-in information, you can contact me.

Legislative resolutions on genocide

The U.S. House and legislative bodies in Colorado, Georgia, and South Dakota have passed resolutions recognizing genocide against religious minorities in the Middle East. Similar resolutions are pending in the U.S. Senate and five other states.

In the persecution section, I’ve complied the recent legislative resolutions, in the United States and around the world, recognizing genocide against religious minorities in the Middle East.genocide resolutions map

  • The U.S. House of Representatives and legislative bodies in three states — Colorado, Georgia, and South Dakota — have passed or adopted resolutions recognizing genocide.
  • Similar resolutions have been introduced but not yet passed in the U.S. Senate and the legislative bodies of five states (Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio).
  • Legislative bodies in four states — Minnesota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee — have introduced or passed resolution related to persecution (though not genocide) of religious minorities in the Middle East.
  • Four foreign legislative bodies — the Council of Europe, European Parliament, Iraqi Parliament, and UK House of Commons — have passed or adopted resolutions recognizing genocide.

My compilation links to the various bills at Open States, where you can read the text and subscribe to updates.

[Updated to include the map, courtesy of Jeff Hinson.]

“Genocide Up Close and Personal”

Nina Shea writes at Christianity Today:

As Christians in Iraq and Syria face what many (including the US State Department) call genocide, world leaders often struggle to summon the right words for the persecution. ….

For clearer insight into this purge of communities from their ancient homelands, we have journalist Mindy Belz to thank. They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East (Tyndale) contains reporting from her many trips to the region, during which she faced threats of being stoned, kidnapped, or murdered.

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