Podcast Episodes

Justice. Hope. Freedom. Podcast is a program that talks about the issues of sex trafficking and human trafficking and all of the areas that link to and from it, and highlights individuals and organizations that are working to bring justice to the enslaved.  Listen to interviews with from experts, activists, survivors, law enforcement, missionaries and leaders from Oregon and around the world. 

“Awareness/education, prevention, rescue, post-care, lobbying/advocacy.”

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Episode 025: Mending The Soul: Healing Abuse Resources for Victims

Dr. Steve Tracy is the President and International Director of Mending the Soul Ministries whose mission is to bring restoration to people world-wide who have experienced abuse. He is the author of several books, including Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse. His writing and ministry are focused on sexuality, abuse, and social justice. Steve and his wife Celestia spend 6-8 weeks every year ministering to trauma survivors in East Africa, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  http://mendingthesoul.org/    Published July 8, 2020

Episode 024: Open Door International discussing Persecuted Women around the World

Open Doors USA is a community of Christians who come together to support persecuted believers in more than 60 countries.  Elizabeth Miller and I discuss the challenges of persecuted women around the world and how it can present itself for some who are sex trafficked. Open Door USA https://www.opendoorsusa.org/  Open Door Canada https://www.opendoorsca.org/ Published July 1, 2020

Episode 023: Sex Trafficking Signs For Pediatricians to Recognize While Seeing Patients

Dr. Adebimpe Adewusi is a Pediatrician at CARES Northwest. She has a special interest about the issue of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), problematic sexual behaviors, and medical neglect cases.  We discuss what signs of sex trafficking and exploitation that pediatricians can look for when seeing a patient.  If you are a physician and would like to take one of her trainings, email her at aadewusi@lhs.org.  

Other Resources – CARES Northwest  Call To Safety, Oregon Department of Human Services. Published June 23, 2020  – This episode is sponsored by Village Church 

Episode 022: Sex Trafficking Prevention Curriculum Training in Zambia

Kristin Choitz, is a Ministry Developer with One Collective in Chongwe, Zambia. Her heart is for women and girls to have opportunities to grow spiritually, emotionally, and economically. 

She invited our Justice Hope Freedom Ministry to Zambia to train women how to facilitate a sex trafficking curriculum with their girls. They want the girls to know the truth about sex trafficking and their worth and value in God’s eyes.  Published on June 10.

Episode 021: Journey Out is Caring For Victims of Sex Trafficking in Los Angeles Who Are Still Forced To Work During COVID-19

Stephanie Powell, Executive Director of Journey Out and is a retired Police Sergeant for 30 years and is the author of My Choice, My Body, My Rules on found on Amazon.  Journey Out is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit whose mission is to help victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking leave a life of abuse and violence, overcome their fears, and empower them to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.  We also discuss how this time of COVID-19 is impacting victims of sex trafficking and exploitation.  https://journeyout.org/. Published on June 3, 2020

Episode 020: Ho`ōla Nā Pua, ‘New Life for Our Children,’ Caring for Hawaii’s Sexually Exploited Youth

Jessica Muñoz is the is the Founder and President of Ho`ōla Nā Pua.  Tammy Bitanga is the Community Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator. Ho`ōla Nā Pua was founded to shine light into dark voids of violation, placing the health of Hawaii’s youth at the center of their mission and vision for their community. They are committed to the prevention of child sex trafficking and providing care for children who have been exploited. Ho`ōla Nā Pua (HNP) is dedicated to creating a community where children are safe and have the ability to embrace their bright futures.  https://hoolanapua.org/    Published on May 27, 2020.

Episode 019: Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-proofing Today’s Young Kids Especially during COVID-19

Kristen A. Jenson is the author of the best-selling Good Pictures Bad Pictures. Why should you talk with your children about pornography? Because otherwise someone else will! The Good Pictures Bad Pictures series of read-aloud books can make a difficult conversation easy!

She is the founder of Protect Young Minds, an organization dedicated to helping parents empower their kids with tools to resist and reject pornography.  https://www.protectyoungminds.org/ Published May 20, 2020

JHF Episode 018: Sex Trafficking in Greece

Major Rachele Lamont, is the Territorial Coordinator for Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, The Salvation Army—Canada & Bermuda Territory. She used to serve in Greece.  

We explore what she experienced while working on the ground with individuals who were vulnerable to being sex trafficked and exploited in Greece.

The Salvation Army- Canada and Bermuda: http://www.salvationarmy.ca/ The Salvation Army- United States of America: https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/

JHF Episode 017: Pornography, the Brain and COVID-19 Challenges.

Sam Black is the Vice President of Business Development at Covenant Eyes (covenanteyes.com), which provides resources designed to help you and those you love live free from pornography. We discuss how viewing pornography changes your brain, the power of screen accountability, and the challenges and triggers of being physically isolated because of COVID-19.  Published May 1, 2020.

JHF Episode 016: “Lost Girls” Photo Campaign by a 17 Year Old, To Bring Awareness of the Silence About Alarming Rates of Black Girls Being Sex Trafficked

Asha Taitt is a 17-year old African American high school student on the East Coast who was disturbed that a lot of black girls were going missing, unfortunately being caught up in being sex trafficked and exploited and no one was talking about it.  She is using her photography talent and skills to highlight the issue of sex trafficking and exploitation of black girls in her photo exhibit “Lost Girls” on her Instagram page @taitttakesphotos. Published March 13, 2020.

JHF Episode 015: Trafficking Law Center: Provides pro bono legal services to human trafficking victims & survivors.

Joel Shapiro, J.D. is the Executive Director and Andrea Lampert, J. D. , is the Lead Attorney & Center Coordinator of the Trafficking Law Center (traffickinglawcenter.org/) in Portland, Oregon. TLC provides pro bono legal services to human trafficking victims & survivors for criminal expungements, name changes, restraining orders, limited criminal charges and family law issues, and civil cases against their trafficker(s) or institutions that facilitated their exploitation.  For special or out of state cases, they refer client survivors to their participating pro bono attorneys for immigration, complicated criminal charges, and complex family law issues. Published April 13, 2020.

JHF Episode 014: Issue of Sex Trafficking in Europe.

Brian and Melissa Leak are the European Liaisons on the issue of sex trafficking with WorldVenture (hopeforabolition.com).  They focus on equipping and mobilizing Christians across Europe to engage in the fight against sex trafficking. There is a vital need for Christians to become aware of the sex trafficking issue and our responsibility to act. Their ministry is: 1) to create this awareness; 2) to equip believers to engage in anti-trafficking ministries; and 3) to connect believers to anti-trafficking ministries that are an ideal fit for their passions and skill set. Published March 12, 2020

Here is the study that Brian referenced during the interview about legalization and trafficking: Cho, Seo-Young and Dreher, Axel and Neumayer, Eric, Does Legalized Prostitution Increase Human Trafficking? (January 16, 2012). World Development, 41 (1), 2013, pp. 67-82. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1986065 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1986065

JHF Episode 013: Interview with Pleschette Fontenet, Junior League of Portland.

Pleshette Fontenet is the Director of Membership for The Junior League of Portland.  The Junior League of Portland is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  They work to end the cycle of violence against women and children.  https://www.jlpdx.org/.

They created the documentary, Waiting For The Light (https://vimeo.com/84125940) which exposes the scope and impact of sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Portland, Oregon. Published January 16, 2020.

JHF Episode 012Foster Youth Are Vulnerable To Being Trafficked – What One Organization Is Doing Within A Broken System To Create Safe Space For Foster Youth.  Interview with April Johnson, CEO of Youth Unlimited Inc.

As a therapeutic foster care & advocacy Corporation, Youth Unlimited Inc.’s mission is to provide youth with a safe space to begin their next steps in life. During this interview, we address what YUI is doing to work with youth, what challenges in the system have been and how youth in the foster care system are vulnerable to being sex trafficked and exploited. – Interviewed on May 15, 2019

JHF Episode 011Disrupting and Diminishing the Cycle of Sex Trafficking.  Interview with Richard Lee, Director of Church Mobilization of International Justice Mission. IJM is a global organization with a plan to eliminate the slave trade everywhere.  Richard Lee’s passion for speaking has taken him to be on the TEDx stage, where he presented “Slavery Still Exists. Here’s How to End It.” – Interviewed on April 19, 2019

JHF Episode 010:  Olivia Welch, A Students Perspective on the Transgender Community and What Makes Them Vulnerable To Being Trafficked. Published on August 13, 2018.

JHF Episode 009: Desiree Lepsey, A Survivor and Thriver Story. Published July 17, 2018.

JHF Episode 008: Interview with Joy Hoover, President and Founder of The Cupcake Girls.  The Cupcake Girls provide confidential support to those involved in the sex industry, as well as those affected by domestic sex trafficking through holistic resources, case management, and after care. They provide nonjudgmental support to empower our clients in their pursuits through respect, resources, and relationships.  Interviewed on November 18, 2017. Published on November 20, 2017.

JHF Episode 007:  Interview with Vicki Abbate, Executive Director of Door to Grace offers loving services and vital resources to girls who are between the ages of 14- 17, survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, and preparing to leave “the life”. You can learn more at http://www.doortograce.org.  Published July 25, 2016.

JHF Episode 006: Prosecution, Investigation and Crack Down on Buyers. – Gresham Chamber of Commerce Presentation by JR Ujifusa Deputy District Attorney and Officer Mike Gallagher.  This discussion was recorded by MetroEast Community Media in Gresham, Oregon. Published June 27, 2016.

JHF Episode 005: How To Advocate To Change Laws and Policies – An interview with Joe Bergeron, a Policy Consultant in Portland, Oregon on how to get involved. Published June 27, 2016.

JHF Episode 004: Trafficking in India – An interview with Aashima Samuel, National Director of Evangelical Fellowship of India, about her work with Children At-Risk in India and her plight to fight this issue of sex trafficking. Published June 3, 2016.

JHF Episode 003: Interview with an Ex-Pimp, Ex-Gang Member, and Ex-Prostitute who is Now Giving Back.  The story of Raymond Grant.  Published June 3, 2016.

JHF Episode 002: Human Trafficking Sergeant Discusses Domestic Sex Trafficking, JHF Interviews Molly McDade-Hood, Multnomah County, Human Trafficking Sergeant.  Published June 3, 2016.

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