Mar 15, 2011

CF Client Update - Testifying in Court

A difficult but necessary aspect of anti-trafficking efforts is navigating the legal process and having our girls testify against those that trafficked them.  Compassion First provides each client with protection, expert legal representation, and advocacy for all aspects of their human and children's rights.

Three of our girls are currently in court, two are very difficult cases.  One includes the extremely serious matter of testifying against family.  The other is even more complicated where a corrupt court is actually flipping cases onto victims. We are currently advocating for all three of our clients in court as well as those who we've discovered have been wrongly imprisoned.

As we grapple against the legal entanglements, it alerts us even more to the manipulative and complex nature of trafficking.  These three precious girls represent a small number of victims who fall prey to corrupt law enforcement and courts.  Let's take this personally and continue to speak out against what's happening to ensure that victims are not treated like criminals.

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Dec 23, 2010

September 2010 Update

Our first clients are now receiving daily care from our qualified social workers and case managers! In addition to caring for the unique needs of the girls in our care, we are also working overtime to track down 18 trafficked girls that were rescued by the police several months ago--just a few months before we opened our doors. Because there was no aftercare available at that time, these victims were lost. So far we have been able to recover one of these victims, who is now in our care. This experience has reinforced the fact that aftercare has been the missing, and in our opinion, the most important piece.

Jul 9, 2010

June 2010 Update

We are very excited to have hired our Indonesian staff! They are an amazing group of professionals that have already become family. As we entered into a season of recruiting and interviewing this spring, it was as though the team was already built and waiting for us. Our staff underwent two weeks of intensive training granted to us by Transitions Global, a world leader in aftercare methodologies for girls who have been rescued from forced prostitution. It was a very rewarding process of observing the right people engaged and prepared for the task that lies ahead of them.

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