It's an important issue, and here are some ways to help: the White Umbrella Campaign is having a couple of events in the city. Here's more about the organization and the events. Hope you can check them out.
As you may know, D.C. is one of the top 14 cities for sex trafficking in the US according to a 2005 FBI report. We are working with a recognized leader in the anti-sex trafficking world, Wellspring Living, to put on several city stops for The White Umbrella Campaign to share and motivate about the vision to rescue, restore and renew victims in America. We have partnered with D.C.-based Shared Hope International to educate, encourage and empower communities to take a stand against the issue and walk with survivors of sex trafficking in your city.
The White Umbrella Campaign brings together local organizations, churches, law enforcement and community leaders currently working together to confront the issue through two events: a community round table and a gathering of the faith community on April 9. The schedule of events is as follows:
April 9:8 a.m. -- Community Round Table
201 F St NE
- Will serve to unite and connect all sectors of the community to raise awareness and action against sexual exploitation, the morning will bring together key decision makers, local authorities/law enforcement, and others.
- Location: Ebenezer’s Coffee House
7 p.m. -- White Umbrella Campaign at National Community Church
535 8th Street SE
- Educate community on how they can be involved; hear first-hand accounts; music by 714 Live Worship band
- Location: National Community Church's Miracle Theater on Barracks Row
The campaign website is http://
thewhiteumbrellacampaign.com and will visit other cities like Sarasota/Tampa, Dallas, San Diego, Minneapolis, LA and more. Mary Frances Bowley, founder of Wellspring Living, authored a book entitled THE WHITE UMBRELLA: Walking With Survivors of Sex Trafficking (Moody Publishing, 2012) which serves as an active resource in leaders in the fight against this form of human injustice.