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Community Programs 2019 - 2020

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Dang H. Nguyen
State Community Director
Phone: (425) 341-3017

November 2019

My Brother Knights,

As we have wrapped up the 5 regional meetings, I was very much inspired by all the Brothers that I met during my visit to 4 of the regional meetings. Sorry, Spokane, I could not make it over there this time. I grew up there in Medical Lake, so it’s always a pleasure to be able to come back and see old friends and family in Eastern Washington.

During my visits, I spoke to you about the Helping Hands program that is a required program if your council endeavors to be recognized by the Columbian Award. This award is not just for you, it is to recognize your council and all your brothers that work so hard. Remember, to qualify under Helping Hands, the program must be geared toward benefiting the wider community and not a single individual. Also, under Helping Hands, you may not include programs that are categorized under the Life program called Food For Families.

If you have are looking for ideas to include in your council’s community programs, I ask that you consider one of the many programs listed on the State Council website: Among these, you will have considerable help for Helping Hands, Coats for Kids, Global Wheelchair Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Citizen Essay Contest, Disaster Preparedness, Soccer Challenge, and the Youth Free Throw Championship. These are long-standing programs that the State Council has sponsored. I also ask that you consider supporting the KC Help program from the Tri-Cities and Olympic Peninsula areas. These programs all benefit the most vulnerable of our communities.

Finally, this month, I would like you to consider a large and growing problem in our communities and discern what your council can do to fight the problem of human trafficking. This problem exists right here in Washington State, not in some far-off land where we can just close our eyes and avoid the issue. According to the website of Escape To Peace,76% of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet. In King County, WA, a study conducted over a 24-hour period revealed that 8,800 people were online soliciting themselves for sex, and 27,000 were soliciting to buy. At any given time, 300-500 underaged girls are trafficked in King County. The average age of entry is 12-14 years old, with some as young as 8 or 9 years old. (

Myths Surrounding Human Trafficking

According to the USCCB Coalition of Catholic Organization Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT), the hidden nature of the crime, lax enforcement of anti-trafficking laws, the ease with which victims can be re-exploited, and large demand, human trafficking is considered a low risk and highly lucrative illegal enterprise. Calculated as a 150-billion-dollar industry, modern day slavery has become the fastest growing source of illicit profit for criminals worldwide.

While certain factors do make some populations exceptionally vulnerable to human trafficking, there is no "typical" profile. Anyone can become a victim regardless of sex, age, race, citizenship status, socioeconomic level or educational attainment. For example, individuals may be highly educated, speak multiple languages and hold university degrees, while others may have little to no schooling or academic achievement. Understanding that no one is immune to victimization allows us to improve prevention and victim identification strategies. (

In the coming months, we will be looking into ways the State Council can be involved fighting this problem in our community. Please reach out to me if your council would like more information as this program is being developed.

Vivat Jesus!

Dang Nguyen, PFN, FDD, PGK

WA State Council, State Community Director


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

Supreme Resources

Helping Hands New (Required)

Coats for Kids (Featured)

Global Wheelchair Mission (Featured)

Habitat for Humanity (Featured)

Catholic Citizen Essay Contest

Disaster Preparedness

Free Throw Championship

Soccer Challenge