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Dang H. Nguyen
State Community Director
Email: COMMUNITY@kofc-wa.org
Phone: (425) 341-3017

February 2019


Brother Knights,

 

You may recall that I wrote about the issue of human trafficking back in October. If you missed it, please find the October issue of the “Second Edition” newsletter that is published by Brother Steve Snell. You can download a copy here: http://www.kofc-wa.org/bulletins/Second/2019/oct.pdf. This month, I’d like to bring your attention to the council at Mary Queen of Peace in Sammamish. They are taking action to fight this tremendous problem in a meaningful way. At the end, you will find information about how you can help!

 

The mission of Escape to Peace (“ESP”) is to aid victims of sex trafficking by taking action through education and awareness resulting in detection and prevention. At any given time, 300-500 under aged girls are trafficked in King County. The average age of entry is 12-14 years old, with some as young as 8 or 9.

 

ESP clients have generally expressed a desire for change and recognize the risks they could face by seeking change and escaping from gang and pimp control. They are subsequently referred to ESP by staff of King County Juvenile Courts, Truant officers from various school districts, and the King County Sheriff’s Office.

 

ESP aids these victims by offering a place to find safety, comfort, and the tools for a better life. With their partners at the Lake Washington School District, ESP staff provide specialized education and focused “trauma” therapy, clothing, and housing, as required. ESP also offers non-public, secure transportation to and from sessions so as not to expose the client to retaliation by the gangs and pimps from which they escape!

 

How can I help?

 

By Check

Please mail checks to:

Financial Secretary Richard Deglman

Knights of Columbus

Mary Queen Of Peace Plateau Council 9833

Snoqualmie, WA  98065-8803

Consult online directory for mailing address

In the check memo line or online comment box, please add “Donation to ESP – Knights of Columbus”. 100% (less card fees) of your contribution goes to ESP!

 

 

Where does the money go?

$100

Provides trauma therapy for one teen for one week

$80

Provides food OR rides for all teens for one week

$50

Provides clothing for one teen

$433

Provides trauma therapy for one teen for one month

$1300

Provides trauma therapy for one teen for three months

$1317

Provides rent for the Escape Space offices for one month

 

For more information about Escape to Peace, go to https://escapetopeace.org/about/

 

Contact Grand Knight Bob Heidenreich for all other questions. Please consult the council directory at kofc-wa.org (login required to see contact information).



Vivat Jesus!


Dang Nguyen, PFN, FDD, PGK

WA State Council, State Community Director

Email: community@kofc-wa.org

Phone: (425) 341-3017 (text messages are ok)


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