Amazing Grace Ministry at Heritage is a Christian faith-based community that opposes all forms of slavery and unites with other organizations as one voice against the evil of human trafficking. We seek to restore survivors to lives of dignity and to bring justice to human trafficking victims.
According to U.S. federal law, human trafficking is the recruiting, harboring, transporting, provisioning or obtaining of persons, by means of force, fraud or coercion, for purposes of labor or services or the removal of organs. It is considered the fastest growing organized criminal industry in the world with sex trafficking of females - often minors - is second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable illegal industry worldwide.
Consider these facts and headlines:
As many as 27 million or more people are held in slavery.
99% of these victims may never be rescued.
This crime is happening throughout the U.S and is prevalent in Maryland.
Did you know – Anne Arundel County is the 3rd highest sex trafficking area in the entire U.S.!
July 2013 | Operation iGuardian Arrests: 5 Marylanders Among 255 Suspected Child Predators
September 2012 | 12 year old girl prevented from being trafficked in Anne Arundel County.
Watch for warning signs. Does this individual or employee appear withdrawn, afraid to talk, or under guard? Are there signs of trauma or injury? We encourage everyone to pray about the way God would have you get involved. In the meantime, here are some useful resources:
To report suspected trafficking activities:
• National Human Trafficking Hotline - 1-888-3737-888
To learn more about prevention, actions, and resources:
• Maryland Coalition http://marylandcoalition.org/
To support after-care for victims:
• Samaritan Women http://thesamaritanwomen.org/
Important and helpful articles:
• Online Safety
As part of the Kindness Ministry at Heritage Community Church, anyone can get involved. Heritage is stepping forward to shine the light of God’s love into this very dark part of our world – human trafficking – and we want to equip members of our church and community to make that difference in this battle against modern-day slavery. The Amazing Grace Ministry mission is to raise awareness about human trafficking, enable people to develop skills and resources to engage effectively in this fight, and to take action in such areas as legislative advocacy, prevention, intervention and after-care. We meet monthly (usually the fourth Sunday of every month) to share information, review actions, and discuss needs.
Amazing Grace Ministries team meeting: 4th Sunday of the month from 10:15 – 10:55 am, 2nd floor conference room, Ministry Center.
And, let us not forget that we have at our disposal the most powerful weapon of warfare – prayer. Please pray to end slavery, grace for those fighting to stop human trafficking as well as justice and restoration of its victims.
JANUARY 28TH AT 7PM IN THE GATHERING PLACE || A National Human Trafficking Month Community awareness event, “Innocence Stolen: PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN ONLINE” to provide information necessary to keep children safe on the internet. The information will be presented by Mr. Vincent DeVivo, Community Outreach Specialist, United States Attorney's Office, District of Maryland. Topics covered will include: social networking, cyber bullying, sexting and internet predators. The program provides prevention and intervention strategies and internet safety resources.
FIRST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 7PM IN THE GATHERING PLACE || The vision of this event is to serve as a call to those who would like to gather in prayer for God to break the chains of bondage of people in our community. We will pray for requests. Participants may come in and leave quietly at any time during the hour we meet. There will be quiet instrumental music playing and participants would be able to share requests or scripture. The event is open to the community.
If you would like to bring freedom and restore dignity to trafficking survivors, consider joining us for our Annual Dash 4 Dignity 5K Run and Freedom Walk in Severn, MD held in the spring of each year. Events like this 5K run and walk raise both awareness of modern-day slavery and funds to bring sexually exploited individuals into freedom. Proceeds from this race will support the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC - EIN: 52-1328557), the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and those professionals engaged in issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. For more information, click this link. The event will also support a local outreach building long-term relationships with and serving the addicted, broken hearted, mentally challenged, homeless and otherwise hurting.
If you do not want to run or walk, but would like to join us, contact our race team at racedirector@dash4dignity, to sign up as a volunteer.
If you cannot join us and would like to contribute to this cause, contact email@example.com
We are seeking sponsors to defray race set up costs so that more of the monies raised through our registrations will go to support NCMEC. A chart with sponsorship levels is listed below.
Companies and their employees could support this race in a number of ways:
1. Post information announcing the race on race day.
2. Encourage your employees to participate or volunteer.
3. Form a race team for your organization to participate.
4. Financially or by donating goods and services.
- Become a race sponsor (See chart for details)
- Provide gifts cards or items that can be given as prizes at the event
- Provide goods such as food, drinks, fruit, etc. for the event participants
If you or your organization would like to be a corporate sponsor, please contact the race team at racedirector@dash4dignity.