The U.S. Department of
State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
The office, which is supportive of the initiatives taken by
the Army to combat trafficking, works to save children such as those pictured
from Burma (above). By publishing an annual Trafficking in Persons report for
Congress, the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons raises
government awareness by ranking countries into tiers. The third tier, into
which Burma falls, is the one in which national governments are doing nothing
about the trafficking of slaves and entrapment into child labor. Burma is at
risk for imposed sanctions due to its lack of activity in combating this crime.
Photos, above and below right, were taken by Kay Chernush for the U.S. State
CWA's (below, L to
R) Janice Crouse works alongside Chad Bettes, from the Trafficking in Persons
office, and NHQ's Lisa Thompson in the fight against human trafficking by
conducting briefings on Capitol Hill to educate legislators.
World Hope International,
University of Rhode Island and U.S. Department of State
Below, L to R: Lisa Thompson, national liaison for the Initiative
Against Sexual Trafficking, shown at the Presidential bill signing ceremony for
the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 with JoAnne Lyon
of World Hope International, Dr. Donna Hughes from the University of Rhode
Island and Dr. Laura Lederer, U.S. Department of State. "I work closely
with all three of these women," said Thompson. "World Hope and SAWSO
are partners in the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking, and Donna
Hughes helped craft critical elements that were included in the TVPRA. Laura
has been a long-time advisor to The Salvation Army in its anti-trafficking
interdenominational, non-profit organization, Avenue Resource serves The
Salvation Army and other churches by equipping them for ministry to people
impacted by sexual sin. President of the organization, Clay Allen, has worked
with Lisa Thompson at NHQ. For more information, go to www.avenueresource.com.
Clark's Christmas Kids
consumer advocate Clark Howard has been helping kids have a joyful Christmas
for 15 years. This year, he is partnering nationwide with The Salvation Army
national headquarters to provide children in need a Christmas they will not
forget. To donate, go to www.clarkhoward.com.
gave a financial gift to The Salvation Army, out of which the Southern
Territory received two new canteens - one in Atlanta and one, currently in
production, going to Miami, Fla. The donation also funded clean-up kits for
Motors and photojournalist Linda Solomon are teaming with The Salvation Army of
Wake County, N.C., to spread the joy of Christmas to children at the local
shelter. The program, called "My Holiday Wish," gave 14 kids between
ages 5 and 15 the chance to take photographs of their holiday wishes. Rather
than wishing for new toys, the children - accompanied by their mothers - took
photos of items that represented home, peace and joy. Project supplies were
funded by General Motors.
Habitat for Humanity
By working with Habitat for Humanity, the Army helps families
along the Gulf coast who were impacted by last year's hurricanes; families
can receive down payment assistance, job search advice and credit counseling.
One such family, the Adams, received a Habitat home in Waveland, Miss., after
living in a FEMA trailer on their Waveland property. Because of this
partnership, over 700 families have been referred through case managers to
The Home Depot
Salvation Army in Biloxi, Miss., has a partnership with The Home Depot at
Volunteer Village. The Army provides housing for HD volunteers as they work to
build houses for Katrina survivors. The Home Depot allows the Army to establish
an account in communities struck by disaster, so supplies are easily purchased.
Jim Morrow, gifts-in-kind coordinator for the territorial Emergency Disaster
Services Department, said of The Home Depot, "They are helping us to
extend a helping hand to those who have been affected by disaster."
Medic First Aid International
As part of
its National Disaster Training Program, The Salvation Army has partnered with
Medic First Aid to train certified personnel within the Army to teach basic
first aid training. The Southern Territory has 11 certified trainers. The
partnership allows the Army to train from within, using the most up to date,
effective disaster response training curriculum available.