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.
Mar 30, 2012

House Hunting

CF & Indonesian Law Enforcement Officials
CF & Indonesian Law Enforcement Officials

Starting the New House Hunt

While we have a long way to go to reach our goal, we've started our house hunting. A new friendship with the local International School has us narrowing our search and we're very excited about the prospects. Our new facility will expand us from 8 to 20 beds as well as provide the much needed room for expanded education and activity programs.

 
Police Training - Strengthening our Partnerships
The anti-trafficking and counter-trafficking efforts are still very young in the nation of Indonesia with foundational pieces just starting to come into place. In April of 2012, CF is introducing an initial police training program focusing on victim sensitivity, victim identification and trafficking investigation. These are encouraging steps that we believe, in time, will have our new home filled with those needing long-term care toward the rebuilding of their futures.
CF & FBI & Department of Justice Working Together
CF & FBI & Department of Justice Working Together
Client Room & Belongings
Client Room & Belongings
Client Room
Client Room
Indonesia
Indonesia
Indonesian Girl
Indonesian Girl

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Jan 12, 2012

National Slavery/Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Compassion First Client
Compassion First Client

Often times the word trafficking conjures up images of girls, women, and men in a situation of bondage. Physically held captive and without the freedom to go where they want, and make their own choices. While that is sometimes the case, often there is a different kind of bondage not as easily seen in victims.

CF has found that girls/women that are sexually exploited often experience a dark or more deceptive lack of freedom. It is not always visible chains that they are bound by- but often bound emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. Where girls sometimes have the "freedom" to walk around, but due to positions of power on part of the trafficker, circumstances of poverty, family & community perceptions, and other factors of deception and coercion, the girls are living in a reality in which they are very much held captive.

With your continued help, CF aftercare is seeking to obtain freedom on those levels by assisting girls in a safe, healthy, loving environment. Working together with families and community, clients in conjunction with CF caseworkers can create a care plan to help them pursue their own dreams and goals for freedom. As well as assist in the process of healing with the ultimate goal of re-integrating back into their home. This is the freedom to dream, hope, and choose the steps for their future.

With time and our continued advocacy/efforts, she will find her way to true freedom.

Bonnie Mac Signature

Bonnie McIntyre, YCFI Director of Aftercare

Jan. 1 – Feb. 1 is NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND PREVENTION MONTH!

BE AN ADVOCATE!: here's what you can do today

  1. GIVE: in recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (see full presidential proclamation here).
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National Slavery & Human Trafficking Awareness
National Slavery & Human Trafficking Awareness

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Dec 6, 2011

Introducing Our New Director of Aftercare

Bonnie McIntyre, YCFI Director of Aftercare
Bonnie McIntyre, YCFI Director of Aftercare

We are very proud to announce the introduction of Compassion First's new Director of Aftercare for Ruth's House in Indonesia. Bonnie McIntyre, a MSW (Master's in Social Work) graduate, comes to us after two years of working for the International Justice Mission in Cambodia.  She was instrumental in setting up the IJM's operation in Siem Reap, Cambodia and directly responsible for the oversight of their aftercare component. Bonnie grew up in Pennsylvania, did her undergraduate work at Gordon College and received her MSW from Dominican University.

With this addition, we are very encouraged about the further development to our program that she will bring.  Already, Bonnie has dug in with our care staff, worked on additional hiring and initiated a season of training that will bring the best available tools to our program.

If you are considering a year-end gift, please consider a contribution to Compassion First. A heartfelt thank you goes to all those who have given to the progress of Ruth's House. With your partnership we will continue making strides in pursuing the best possible solutions for the survivors in our care.

Compassion First & The CF Volunteer Team

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