Amirah and the fight to end slavery in New England

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About a year ago, I started hearing about Amirah, Inc., a nonprofit seeking to set up a network of houses to help women who’ve survived human trafficking. A couple months later, my wife and I joined the board.

It’s so much fun to see how far we’ve come!

  • We have relationships with the most important anti-trafficking organizations in Boston including the FBI, the Department of Justice, and many groups that help survivors.
  • We’ve developed a program for women that has been vetted by trauma counselors, professionals, and other survivors.
  • We’ve grown our number of monthly donors to 44 people! These people are helping fund the costs of our first house.

And now we’ve even secured our first house!

Go to the Amirah blog to see the other accomplishments the team of staff and volunteers have accomplished. It’s been quite a year!

And if you think that slavery was extinct or that it was only an international problem, not a domestic one, there are lots of great books. One I just started reading is Somebody’s Daughter by Julian Sher.

You can also like us on Facebook (or make a donation) at https://www.facebook.com/AmirahBoston! And if you’re coming to Soulfest in August, stop by and say hi!

Out of the mouths of babes

Yesterday after church, Caleb looked at his electronic, handheld Connect Four game and said, “Dad, it seems like alot of my toys say ‘Made in China’ on them.”

I said, “Yes Cale, more and more of our things in the US are being purchased from China.”

Cale: “Well then, shouldn’t we be selling more and more stuff over there too?”

Talk about a proud father! He gets it!

So we had a little lesson on global economics:

  • how free enterprise involves getting goods for the least cost
  • but how in our global society, the least cost often is the product of slave labor or inhuman conditions. (I’m currently reading IJM’s Terrify No Moreabout the ongoing problems of bond slaves and human trafficking are.)
  • And how we should be carefully weighing the real cost of our purchases between dollars and cents and the values of freedom and dignity that we hold dear.

All this as we were driving into our local Wal-mart.

Ironic, no?