"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"

MICAH 6:8  ESV

Welcome

We are so excited for our eleventh annual Justice Matters Sunday on February 6th during all morning services!  Our title this year is “To Do Justly” from Micah 6:8. Our desire is to bring awareness and education about Human Trafficking, encourage prevention steps, and empower people to take action. We will also be highlighting various organizations and ministries that we support and partner with to provide avenues for our church body to get involved. This year we’ll be offering various workshops to provide additional education into some of the specific topics.
              We are privileged and honored to have both Former Ambassador John Cotton Richmond and Survivor/Advocate Bella Hounakey as our keynote speakers. (You can read their bio’s below.)  We hope you will come and spend the day with us as we learn together how we can “speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves” (Proverbs 31:8-9).  Come to one service, attend workshops at another, chat with some of the organizations, and have some lunch. Isaiah 61:8 says, “For I, the Lord, love Justice.” Because He loves justice, so should we! How about Inviting a family member or friend to this awesome day? Hope to see you there!

What is Justice Matters 11?

Listen to Pastor Brian and Kelly's heart on the issue of human trafficking and the purpose of Justice Matters Sunday.

Justice Matters 11 Key Speakers

John Cotton Richmond

Former US Ambassador to fight Human Trafficking, Attorney, Diplomat, Co-Founder of the Human Trafficking Institute, and Justice Seeker
Former Ambassador Richmond’s career has taken him to the front lines in the global battle against human trafficking. As a Partner at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, he focuses on the intersection between business and human rights. John advises companies on how to keep their supply chains free of forced labor and their workforces free of sex trafficking.

Before joining Dentons, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed John, and he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons from 2018 to 2021. Serving in the nation’s highest-ranking position dedicated to human trafficking, John led U.S. foreign policy related to modern slavery and coordinated the U.S. government’s response to the crime.

Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, John served for over a decade as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, where he prosecuted numerous victim-centered labor and sex trafficking cases. He also co-founded the Human Trafficking Institute and lived in India for three years pioneering International Justice Mission’s slavery work.

John has received numerous honors and commendations, including being named a “Prosecutor of the Year” and receiving the David Alred Award for exceptional contributions to civil rights. His work caused the former head of the FBI’s human trafficking program to call him “every trafficker’s worst nightmare.”

John received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington and his law degree from Wake Forest University. Ambassador Richmond is a writer and frequent speaker on topics of faith, justice, vocation, and parenting and is a Fellow at the C.S. Lewis Institute. He lives outside Washington, DC with his “Lovely and Talented” wife and their three robust and remarkable children.

Bella Hounakey

Survivor Consultant at iMPACT Virginia
Bella Hounakey is a fierce advocate of anti-trafficking initiatives to combat and abolish human trafficking. As a survivor herself, she understands the adverse impact of trafficking. This empathy has guided her career and interests to support policies that contribute to supporting victims as they navigate life after victimization. Bella currently serves on two Human Trafficking Council- she’s a member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and Framework -a training and technical assistance project aimed at building capacity to address labor trafficking in the United States.  As part of the Council, Bella worked with the Trump Administration on an Executive Order on Combating Human Trafficking and Online Child Exploitation. Her goals remain steadfast: raise awareness, reduce risk of victimization, educate members of the judicial system and general public, and advocate for victim protection and treatment. Bella received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Spanish; and a Master’s degree from Western Michigan University.

Human Trafficking Hotline

1-888-373-7888

Resources on Human Trafficking

Books, podcasts, and websites with a wealth of knowledge on Human Trafficking.

Justice Matters Workshops

On Justice Sunday, we will have breakout sessions we call workshops that focus in on solutions and how we can put into action what we've learned. 

“He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The Lord frees the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down. The Lord loves the godly. The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but He frustrates the plans of the wicked.”

Psalm 146:7-9

Blog/Article Resources

Our handpicked blog/article resources about current issues of Human Trafficking.

From Polaris Project

Love and Trafficking: How Traffickers Groom & Control Their Victims

From John Cotton Richmond

The Root Cause of Human Trafficking Is The Trafficker

From the  San Diego Union-Tribune

Opinion: Sex trafficking generates over $810 million a year in San Diego County

From John Cotton Richmond

New Model Human Trafficking Law from the United Nations