Church Toolkit Resources & Supplemental Materials
Throughout the Engage Together® Church Toolkit & Teaching Series many resources are referenced to help your church or small group form ideas on how your church and community can mobilize to protect the vulnerable and end human trafficking.
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Toolkit Supplemental Materials & Resources
The Engage Together® Church Toolkit has several supplemental resources available to help your church or group in their efforts. These include the following:
- Community Assessment Overview & Research Guide
- Community Assessment Chart
- Community Assessment Chart - Long Form
- Freedom Strategy
All of the links and resources in the list below directly correlate to the Ideas for Engagement listed by category in the Engage Together® Church Toolkit (Version 2.0). In the Toolkit you will see footnotes throughout the bulleted lists of ideas - each footnote has a corresponding number on this page. You will also find additional links and resources at the end of each section that are not assigned to any of the footnotes. If you have Version 1.0 (purchased prior to summer 2016) these footnotes will not correspond directly with your Toolkit - you can order a new version here.
**These resources correspond with the footnotes found in the Prevention Section of the Church Toolkit.**
1. Red Flags
2. Report a tip online - National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Find additional information - Polaris Project.
3. To locate a task force or coalition in your area, check with your local Attorney General's Office, or your local Sheriff or Police Department.
4. Churches can coordinate events such as prayer nights and awareness events for their congregation and community.
5. There are many types of feature films and documentaries about human trafficking and exploitation both nationally and globally. Be sure to review a film in its entirety before sharing with your congregation or others as content varies between films.
6. NEST is an online warehouse of human trafficking awareness education. You can read through the curriculum chart to learn about each resource.
7. There are many ways university students can engage. iEmpathize has an exhibit that shares stories of survivors worldwide.
8. Netsmartz offers resources for parents, students, and law enforcement to share about the importance of cyber safety.
9. Learn how our everyday purchases are impacted by labor trafficking.
10. Learn more about what Fair Trade merchandise is and what goods are available for purchase.
11. Many national and local mentoring organizations exist to serve vulnerable youth. Some National Programs include:
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys and Girls Club
12. Homeless youth are often at higher risk for trafficking than their peers. Learn more from Covenant House.
13. Runaway youth often face many risk factors for trafficking. Learn more about their vulnerabilities from Stand Up for Kids.
14. Churches can partner with local organizations or provide tutoring and after school programs for vulnerable children and youth. See how Project Transformation partners with churches.
15. Many vulnerable children and youth are in need of a temporary home. Explore how state agencies can partner with Churches to provide faith driven foster care at Place of Hope.
16. Many people are easily overwhelmed by the idea of adopting a child. Many local and national organizations host events to walk families through the process step by step. Focus on the Family hosts informational events nationwide.
17. Foster families need many kinds of support. Providing meals, respite care, and other supports are an excellent way to get involved. Church members can learn more about supporting families providing foster care from FaithBridge.
18. Mentoring, life skills, and career planning are critical skills for any young adult to learn. New Vision Youth Services provides these connections to help with the transition into adulthood.
19. Sudden and temporary family crises can often be resolved with external support. Safe Families partners with churches to provide temporary care for families in crisis to prevent placement of children into state custody.
20. The Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign hosts a Resource Catalog of FREE indicator cards, pamphlets, posters, and other materials printed in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other languages to download or order. Be sure to provide materials for all non-English speaking members of your congregation.
21. Learn more about how Fathers Against Childhood Exploitation (FACE) is engaging fathers to fight childhood exploitation.
22. pureHope provides resources, publications, and Bible studies to churches that want to engage their entire congregation in Biblical responses to human trafficking.
23. The cultures that we are entrenched in often guide our thoughts and actions. Youth, truckers, oil industry workers – everyone – can learn about creating cultural change that values life. Learn how iEmpathize empowers the kids, community/industry sectors, and regions most affected by exploitation.
24. Pornography and trafficking are undeniably linked. Learn more from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.
25. Polaris Project provides information on anti-trafficking laws nationwide.
26. See how organizations in Atlanta partner together to host an annual Lobby Day to educate state law makes about these issues.
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**These resources correspond with the footnotes found in the Identification Section of the Church Toolkit.**
1. A list of those that may need training include: law enforcement, social workers, transit employees, medical professionals, truck drivers, juvenile intake officers, teachers, those who regularly make house calls, such as telephone and cable company providers, and even bank tellers, among others.
There are many trainings available for medical professionals, some include:
- Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- US Department of Health and Human Services
- Department of Homeland Security
2. pureHope provides educational materials for parents, ministry leaders, and others exploring issues of exploitation and how to engage it in the Church.
3. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has hundreds of resources for parents, teachers, and community members to help keep children safe.
4. Print or order free wallet cards, posters, and indicator cards in multiple languages from the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Resource Catalog.
5. Frontline organizations doing outreach to vulnerable populations need community support. Learn more about how We are Cherished does outreach and how your church could partner with a similar organization in your community.
6. Learn how Out of Darkness is engaging their community in active outreach to women who may need help.
7. Learn how truckers – the eyes and ears of America’s roadways – are trained to respond when suspicious activity is suspected.
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**These resources correspond with the footnotes found in the Rescue Section of the Church Toolkit.**
3. The Samaritan Women Groundwork Podcast is a tool for new and existing restoration programs. Explore episodes of the podcast or contact The Samaritan Women to learn more about ways they mentor up-and-coming programs.
4. Wellspring Living Institute
5. This report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services describes the many types of immediate services needed by a victim upon rescue. For a quick overview, view the chart on page 2.
6. The American Bar Association provides information for attorneys who desire to serve rescued victims. Explore what the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center and the Human Trafficking Legal Access Center have to offer for attorneys.
7. Children and youth in state care who are appointed a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) stay in state custody for shorter time periods and have better emotional, physical, and mental outcomes than their peers without a CASA.
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**These resources correspond with the footnotes found in the Restoration Section of the Church Toolkit.**
1. Many restoration programs, domestic violence shelters, and other service centers need in-kind donations like the ones described by Generate Hope and Dream Center.
2. Receiving a letter of care and concern can mean a great deal to a survivor. Be sure to seek guidance on what to include (and to leave out) of these letters.
3. Your career, hobbies, or everyday interests can be used to help a restoration program. See examples of how you can use your talents and skills to provide direct services to organizations.
4. Many organizations, like Hope Ranch for Women provide equine therapy to survivors of human trafficking.
5. First Aid Arts uses arts-based interventions to help survivors of trauma begin the process of recovering from experiences like abuse and violence.
6. Hands that Heal is a curriculum that trains ministry workers to work directly with individuals who have been trafficked.
7. The Beauty for Ashes Scholarship at Point Loma Nazarene University provides funding for survivors education.
8. The Homestead is a post-aftercare program that provides job apprentices and other reintegration programs.
9. Learn how Two Wings and Restoration 1:99 provide life skills and job readiness training.
10. Ongoing support is critical to the success of any reintegration effort. Explore how your congregation can engage lasting mentorship and build relationships with service organizations.
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**These resources correspond with the footnotes found in the Reforms Section of the Church Toolkit.**
3. Find your state representative
4. Find your state senator
5. Educate yourself and your congressional representatives about the link between foster care, child welfare and human trafficking. Learn more from the nonpartisan group Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
6. US Administration for Children and Families
7. Focus on the Family provides information and events for churches engaging adoption.
8. Sudden and temporary family crises can often be resolved with external support. Safe Families partners with churches to provide temporary care for families in crisis to prevent placement of children into state custody.
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