The Spiritual Basis for a Response to Human Trafficking. Trafficking in Persons Taskforce May 2012

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1 The Spiritual Basis for a Response to Human Trafficking Trafficking in Persons Taskforce May 2012

2 Educational Objectives At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to: Compile Scripture verses that deal with the issue of human trafficking Use these Scripture verses to answer questions from victims of human trafficking Evaluate the spiritual needs of victims of human trafficking Describe ways to support victims of human trafficking

3 Justice in the Bible Within the Bible, there are 2 general concepts of justice: 1. Adequate amends for wrong actions against another person 2. Equal treatment of all people, especially those who are more vulnerable because of circumstances beyond their control

4 Justice in the Bible This module will focus on the second concept of justice in the Bible and how it relates to the issue of human trafficking. Equal treatment of all people, especially those who are more vulnerable because of circumstances beyond their control

5 Justice in the Bible The Bible has much to say about how to treat the following vulnerable groups of people: Orphans Widows Foreigners Poor

6 Justice in the Bible It is not coincidental that the majority of human trafficking victims fall into all of these 4 categories. Orphans Widows Foreigners Poor

7 Justice in the Bible This is because those within each of these categories have an increased level of vulnerability and thus less ability to protect themselves

8 Justice in the Bible The Scriptures on justice can be divided into two main categories: 1. Those that describe God s attitude toward injustice and the oppressed 2. God s commands to us regarding our response to injustice

9 God s attitude toward injustice and the oppressed

10 Deuteronomy 10:18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. (NIV)

11 Psalm 9:9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. (NIV)

12 Psalm 10:17-18 You hear O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more. (NIV1984)

13 Psalm 68:5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. (NIV1984)

14 Psalm 72:12-14 For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in His sight. (NIV1984)

15 Psalm 103:6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. (NIV1984)

16 Psalm 146:7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free (NIV1984)

17 Luke 4:18,19 (Isaiah 61:2) He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord s favor. (NIV1984)

18 God s commands to us regarding injustice

19 Deuteronomy 24:17 Do not deprive the foreigner or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge. (NIV1984)

20 Deuteronomy 24:19 When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. (NIV)

21 Psalm 82:3 Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. (NIV1984)

22 Proverbs 23:10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone, or encroach on the fields of the fatherless. (NIV1984)

23 Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. (NIV1984)

24 Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? (NIV)

25 James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (NIV)

26 These Scripture verses form the spiritual basis for our response to human trafficking

27 The most famous story in the Bible that deals with helping the oppressed is the story of how Boaz helped his relative Naomi and her daughter in law, Ruth found in the book of Ruth in the Old Testament.

28 Boaz Aware of the plight of Naomi and Ruth Had opportunity to help Naomi and Ruth Responded by taking definite steps to provide for Naomi and Ruth Protected Ruth from other workers

29 Awareness Implicit in the commands of Scripture regarding injustice is that we must first be aware of the injustice that surrounds us

30 Awareness This requires that we actively educate ourselves regarding issues of injustice Scripture does not allow for ignorance as an excuse for not responding to injustice!

31 Awareness These modules will form an adequate basis for you to be educated on the issue of human trafficking However, it is up to you to research the trafficking issue in your particular area

32 Researching the Trafficking Issue in Your Particular Area Trafficking Information and Referral Hotline This hotline will help you: Identify local community resources to help victims Give you contact information so that you can reach out to them Coordinate with local social service organizations to help protect and serve victims so they begin process of restoring their lives Call local police if victim at risk of imminent harm

33 Opportunity As healthcare professionals, we are regularly faced with the opportunity to help those who are oppressed in various ways

34 Opportunity That opportunity includes all kinds of oppressed people including victims of human trafficking

35 Opportunity Remember that studies have shown that more than 1 in 4 human trafficking victims encountered a healthcare professional while in their trafficking scenario 1

36 Opportunity This opportunity extends to settings that may be outside your normal practice: Free clinics Providing medical care for service providers Drop-in centers Other settings

37 Opportunity Therefore, healthcare professionals have a unique opportunity to find and free victims of human trafficking

38 Responding When faced with the opportunity to help Naomi and Ruth, Boaz responded promptly with definite actions that allowed him to be of tremendous help to them

39 Responding As healthcare professionals, we like Boaz have tremendous assets at our disposal that can be used to help the oppressed. Having the ability to proceed with productive actions requires proactive thought and preparation

40 Responding An excellent productive action would be the preparation of a set of protocols on how to specifically deal with a victim of human trafficking that you may encounter in your healthcare setting

41 Responding Other possible productive actions include: Running a mock encounter with a TIP victim Educating yourself on human trafficking so that you can speak to other healthcare professionals in your area Offering to provide healthcare to survivors of human trafficking in your area

42 Responding Experience with victims of trafficking has revealed that almost every victim has 2 essential spiritual questions they are asking

43 1. Why did God allow this to happen to me? Responding

44 2. What does God think of me now? Responding

45 Responding As Christians, we are able to help victims of human trafficking begin to work through the answers to those questions Specifically, we are able to tangibly show them the answer to the second question through our own acts of love

46 Responding While a theological discussion about suffering would not be useful at this point, several key reassurances will lay the foundation for healing Validate that they have suffered a great evil Assure them that God the Father loves them Explain that God wants them to have a close relationship with Him where He meets their every need

47 Responding The ability to have a trusting relationship must be rebuilt Often trafficking victims have been betrayed by those closest to them Parents may have sold them into prostitution or slavery Their only relationship is often their pimp or Madame The concept of a trustworthy, caring Father must be demonstrated by your compassionate care

48 Responding Many trafficking victims may have had little to no knowledge of God while growing up Their extended period of abuse may have hardened them to accepting a loving God Their relationship deprivation may make them eager to latch on to any seemingly loving relationship A few screening questions will assist you in determining which approach to use

49 Responding Spiritual screening questions Take a spiritual family history to determine their home culture and probably exposure Ask about their current faith practices and beliefs If they appear to be open to learning of a loving, caring, compassionate Savior, then share the Scriptures in slides 10-17, and describe their need to repent and accept God s gift of salvation If they appear to be closed, angry, or hostile, sympathize with and validate their feelings

50 Responding Validating the angry, closed, hostile victim Affirm that they are the victims of a great evil Encourage that God promises justice to the unrighteous, and provides care for victims which is your role Remind them of His great love by sacrificing His own Son to pay the penalty of their own sin Repeat His desire to be in a redemptive relationship with them, based on their repentance and accepting His gift of salvation

51 Responding A majority of these survivors will benefit from having access to a spiritually mature mental health professional who is able to help them process the evil that has occurred to them

52 Responding In addition, spiritually mature believers who have a strong understanding of why evil exists in the world can be of great benefit to these survivors as they process their experience

53 Protecting As we seek to model Boaz, the end result of our actions will be to offer protection to the oppressed we encounter This is especially critical for victims of human trafficking who may require significant protection from their trafficker

54 Spiritual Goal As Christian believers motivated by the love of God to help these survivors, we must be careful to continually see them as fellow human beings in need of God s love, and not make them into a project that needs converting

55 Spiritual Goal This means that we should never push our beliefs onto these survivors Instead, we should allow them to seek answers in their own time and at their own pace

56 Spiritual Goal Our spiritual goal should simply be to love them with the love of Christ, and allow His Spirit to draw them to Himself

57 Additional Resources Caring for Trafficked Persons Handbook.pdf I Thought it could never happen to boys Good News About Injustice by Gary Haugen The Wounded Heart by Dan Allender

58 References 1. Turning Pain into Power: Trafficking Survivors Perspectives on Early Intervention Strategies. Family Violence Prevention Fund in Partnership with the World Childhood Foundation, March 2005.

59 Post Test Your success in gaining knowledge through this model is important to us. To measure what you have learned, click on this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6l8nd G6

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