Compassion First

Compassion First provides long-term, hope-filled solutions for victims of child sexual trafficking. We bring healing, restoration and most importantly the means for a bright and hopeful future in the lives of women and young girls who have been sexually trafficked.
Sep 4, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Police Intervention and Rescue

CF staff being briefed at the police station
CF staff being briefed at the police station

Dear Partner,

Earlier this month Indonesian police intercepted the transport of three North Sulawesi girls (two of them underage).  The apprehension took place just prior to the victims being moved to another island.  The perpetrators were arrested and the victims were taken into protective custody. The police made contact with the CF care team as the rescue took place.

CF social workers assisted the police in screening and interviewing the victims. The youngest, whose parents were unreachable at the time of the rescue, had been previously trafficked and there were reports of neglect and physical abuse. She was referred to CF care and the older two were able to return to their homes.

As a result of the rescue, the two underage girls are receiving CF aftercare services. There have now been a total of 13 rescues since CF and the Portland Police Bureau's partnered police training in North Sulawesi. The intervention has also informed specific needs in future law enforcement training efforts toward a greater understanding of child protection laws and police jurisdiction, specifically in trafficking cases.

This work cannot be done without you! Please consider making a contribution or monthly pledge in support of the new clients and to further CF's pursuit of finding a larger home for the girls in our care!  

For the sake of others,
Compassion First

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Jun 15, 2012

Teaching Girls Self Defense

Client Given Special Black Belt
Client Given Special Black Belt

Dear Partner,

At the beginning of this month, Mike Mercer (CF President) had the opportunity to accompany our good friend, Executive Director and Founder of Aim High Academy of Martial Arts, Daniel Sikkens on a very special trip to Indonesia.

At the Aim High Academy (a partnered non-profit organization), Daniel Sikkens is a fourth degree black-belt instructor with a mission to teach kids self-defense, self-discipline, and what it means to be a positive role model, through the practice of martial arts. He and his sending team were thrilled with the opportunity to bring these skills to the girls and staff of Ruth's House!

Please watch the short Aim High Video Update or click the video link found below and may it encourage you as you continue to support the girls and our goal of providing a new home for a fast growing family!

Aim High Training Staff
Aim High Training Staff
Danny Sikkens & Staff
Danny Sikkens & Staff
Danny in Training
Danny in Training

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Jun 15, 2012

Police Activity & Update

Dear Partner,

On May 24th, Compassion First assisted law enforcement in the rescue of three minor girls from a Sorong, Papua brothel pub. Each of the girls have entered into our care. This recent activity follows Compassion First's law enforcement training in partnership with Oregon's Portland Police Bureau.

In April, training efforts were led by Sergeant Mike Geiger, the head of Portland's Anti-Trafficking Unit and was also joined by Todd Tumbleson, legal attaché for the FBI in Jakarta. Since attending the training seminars, Indonesian police have rescued a total of ten victims of sex trafficking. Watch the Police Training Video Update Here or click the link found near the bottom of this report. The video was created for our recent banquet in California.

Our efforts are empowering Indonesian law enforcement officials to conduct intervention activities and rescues. We are, in small increments, changing the human trafficking landscape of Indonesia.

Thank you for your continued support,
Mike Mercer, President

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