Month: February 2012

Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Passes House

From our Advocacy Committee:

Bill to combat human trafficking, focusing on online child escort ads, passes House

OLYMPIA — Today, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan anti-trafficking bill to keep minors from being exploited through online ads for escort services such as Backpage.com. Having already passed the Senate, the bill now goes to the governor for her signature.

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D—Seattle, prime sponsor of Senate Bill 6251, said, “I am ecstatic the anti-trafficking legislation passed with unanimous support today out of the House of Representatives. This makes the strongest possible statement that there should be no selling of minors online – or anywhere! I worked with the Attorney General’s Office, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Councilmember Tim Burgess, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, Port of Seattle Commission President Gael Tarleton, former Rep. Velma Veloria, the ACLU, Allied Daily Newspapers and others to ensure this bill passes constitutional muster as well as the federal Communications Decency Act. If the bill is signed into law, it will be the first one of its kind in the country.”

“Human trafficking is a billion-dollar industry that often takes advantage of the most vulnerable members of our society – our children, and even those with developmental disabilities,” said Sen. Jerome Delvin, R-Richland, who sponsored another bill to make it a class B felony to force a developmentally-disabled person into prostitution. “We’ve accomplished a lot, but there is still a lot of work to be done. We must do everything in our power to raise awareness of these crimes, give our judicial system more authority to punish the perpetrators, and provide help for the victims.”

Backpage.com, whose parent company is The Village Voice, makes at least $22 million a year from online adult escort ads, but refuses to verify the ages of those who place the ads or are depicted in them, even though its print edition published in the Seattle Weekly requires in person age verification. This results in minors being sold online into prostitution and sex-trafficking. All state attorneys general called on Backpage.com to stop selling online adult escort ads.

Kohl-Welles’ bill would create a new offense, making it illegal to knowingly sell an escort ad that involves a minor. To avoid possible criminal charges, classified advertising companies would be motivated to try to verify ages of escorts in sex-related postings. The bill offers an affirmative defense in prosecution of advertising commercial sexual abuse of a minor if documentation is provided of the advertisers having obtained in-person age verification.

“This is great progress in our fight to protect children from those who would sexually exploit them,” said McGinn. “It is an honor to work with those who have championed this cause. I thank the House and the Senate for their leadership in this fight, particularly Sen. Kohl-Welles. I look forward to the governor’s signature and this bill becoming law in our state.”

“Washington was the first state to criminalize human trafficking and today our Legislature took another giant step by making advertisers accountable for their role in the exploitation of children,” said Burgess. “The unanimous bipartisan support for this legislation signals that we are united in our efforts to stop the horrific violence against children through coercive prostitution.”

“This legislation recognizes that the sale of children for commercial sexual abuse either online or in print is unacceptable. The Legislature has once again moved the ball forward in the fight against human trafficking,” said Satterberg.

“This is another step forward in our fight to protect the most vulnerable citizens,” said Tarleton. “When we work together, we have the power to stop trafficking.”

“This is great news! With the first amendment rights concerns addressed, this bill will be a great tool for those of us in the anti-trafficking arena to help women and girls who are victims of human trafficking,” said Veloria, who pioneered the Legislature’s anti-trafficking efforts back in 2002.

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For more information:

Alison Dempsey-Hall, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7887

2012 Northwest Exchange Conference

The Junior League of Portland is excited to invite you to attend the NW Exchange 2012 Conference!

March 9 through 11th
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.

Guest speakers include Katie Harman Ebner, (Miss America 2002),
and Allison Clarke, (multi-talented professional consultant & author), who will challenge delegates to rise to the occasion and influence positive changes in our communities.

View a complete agenda at http://www.juniorleagueofportland.org/?nd=agenda

We hope you can join us for this fun-filled weekend of collaboration, networking, brainstorming, and sight-seeing.

Register at http://www.juniorleagueofportland.org/?nd=form__46

For more information contact NWExchange@juniorleagueofportland.org .

Unit Meeting Hostesses Wanted

It’s time to start planning for our March Unit meetings!

Meetings will be held the week of Saturday, March 17 through Friday, March 23. We are looking for hostesses in both Seattle and on the Eastside, weekend and weekday meeting hours. If you are interested in hosting, you should be able to accommodate a minimum of 20 people in your home or office.

Please reply to http://www.jrleagueseattle.org/?nd=form__105  with your location and your preferred meeting time, as well as available days, if you are interested in hosting. You will earn one in-league service shift for hosting.

Mother’s Day Baskets – Call for Donations

The Mother’s Day Baskets Provisional project team is seeking donations of small toiletries to include in baskets for women in local shelters this Mother’s Day. Please drop off items to the bin at the Junior League of Seattle Office between February 14th and April 27th.

We request the following sample-sized items:

  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Small combs
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss
  • Soap or body wash
  • Perfume, eye cream, etc.

Hotel toiletries, magazine samples and like items are wonderful additions. Our goal is to gather over 800 baskets, so every item you can donate is appreciated.

AJLI’s Webinar Wednesdays Resume

Please join us every other Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. ET for AJLI’s hit series, Webinar Wednesday. Register  for any upcoming webinars.
February 15
Sally Helgesen
Tapping the Power of the Female Vision

Here’s a chance to take advantage of the great online training curriculum, and satisfy your training credits through AJLI’s self-paced modules and Webinar Wednesdays. You can participate in one of each, for a total of two training credits. Log-in to the AJLI website, go to the Training & Meetings tab and choose Online Learning. You will see a place to register for new Webinar Wednesdays or view past webinars On Demand. There are also self-paced courses. To receive training credit for the self-paced course, print out the certificate of completion and provide a copy to your active or provisional advisor. For Webinar Wednesday attendance and another training credit, please let your advisor know which session you attended. We will be able to confirm via the online attendance records. You can take as many courses as you’d like, but you will only receive training credits for one of each. Please contact Kellea Williams, kellea@amazon.com  with any questions.

**Notice: To access the member side of the AJLI website to register for Webinar Wednesdays you will need to create a log in, using your AJLI member number and an email address. Your AJLI member number is listed under your member profile at www.jrleagueseattle.org .   For assistance in finding your AJLI member number or logging on the AJLI website email askus@jrleagueseattle.org .

Premier Event Updates – Donate to our Raise the Paddle Drive

RAISE THE PADDLE

Since 1923, the Junior League of Seattle has been making an important impact in the Seattle community. The Junior League of Seattle successfully meets the emerging needs of the community by initiating critically important programs and providing trained volunteers to manage them. Your donation to Raise The Paddle will help support the Junior League of Seattle and its community projects in many significant ways, for example:

  •  Provide weekly art projects for children suffering from severe mental and personality disorders and clinical depression through the Healthy Futures Art Project.
  •  Develop critical thinking, build communication skills and inspire creativity through interaction with original works of art through The Northwest Art Project.
  • Mentor teen girls in foster care during a monthly fun yet educational activity through the League’s partnership with Treehouse.
  • Empower our youth to make healthy lifestyle choices through Kids in the Kitchen.

Please Raise Your Paddle high in the air on February 25th to help JLS continue to provide exemplary programs for our community. If you are not able to attend but would like to support the Junior League of Seattle’s community programs, you may donate here.

Monies raised through the 2012 “Raise the Paddle” will be used for the Junior League of Seattle’s community programs/projects, and will be designated between the programs/projects at its discretion.

To donate, visit our Raise the Paddle page on our website, and select Raise the Paddle 2011-2012.

It is through the support of our League members and our community that enables the League to continue its great work in the community. (All donations to Raise the Paddle are 100% tax deductible!)

A VINTAGE AFFAIR IS SOLD OUT!

Because of this, we have a wait list with people eager to go and support the Junior League. If you have already bought a ticket and can no longer attend the event on February 25th, please email auction@jrleagueseattle.org ASAP to start the refund process. If you would like to be added to the wait list please email auction@jrleagueseattle.org as well!

PREMIER EVENT AFTER PARTY TICEKTS ARE ON SALE!

Didn’t get A Vintage Affair tickets? Come join the party at the Four Seasons Seattle! The Casablanca After Party will be continuing the evening of glamour. All League friends are welcome! Purchase tickets here. Questions? Email Tina Quinn at quinn.tina@gmail.com

JLS at the Pacific Northwest Ballet – Recap

JLS night at the ballet!  On January 25th a group of Junior League of Seattle Sustainers, Actives and Provisionals went to visit Pacific Northwest Ballet.  The group got an insider peek at the costume shop and saw costumes from Don Quixote and Snow White, a rehearsal and then went out for a happy hour at Toulouse Petit.  Many thanks go to Faith Sheridan who organized the event!

Here’s a quote from a League member, “I just wanted to thank you for organizing the evening. It was so wonderful to be able to see the costume shop and then sit so close to the dancers. Magical!

I also had such a fabulous time at happy hour with you girls. I think that might have been my favorite Junior League event to date.”

Kashi and the AJLI – Kids in the Kitchen leaguewide fundraiser

Please visit the Kashi Facebook page and click "Like." Every "Like" will raise $10 for Kids in the Kitchen.

Kashi and The Junior League—WE’RE LIVE!!

Please help us earn $75,000 for Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen programs across the Association!

Throughout the year, The Kashi Real Project™ will feature organizations working to solve the Real Food Deficit, the gap that exists between the company’s vision for a healthy community of the future and the real-world food insecurity of today.

The Junior League will be Kashi’s featured partner from January 31st to February 22, 2012. Kashi will donate $10 every time a statistic related to the Real Food Deficit is shared via their Facebook page until the donation total reaches its maximum of $75,000. So please go to Kashi’s “Real Project” Facebook page, which should look like the picture on the right, and click the purple “Like” button in the purple star. Just one click, and you will earn $10 for Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen program!

The money we earn will be awarded to individual Leagues who apply for a grant—there are two levels, $2,500 and $5,000—to support their local KITK program. The grants will be distributed to winning applicants at this year’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.

The Application is posted online in the Awards section of the AJLI Member website via Survey Monkey on Wednesday, February 1 and must be completed by Wednesday, February 29. Click HERE to access additional information and the application.

Also, if you run a Kids in the Kitchen program and haven’t updated your event/program on the Kids in the Kitchen website please do so TODAY as people will be directed to the site to learn more about local programming…we want to be sure all information is accurate! Click HERE to access Events listing.

With your individual voice, our collective Junior League voice and Kashi’s dollars, we can better help reduce the real food deficit through our local Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen programs across the Association.

Six Month Financial Report (7/1/2011 – 12/31/2011)

The financial report for the first six months of AJLI’s current fiscal year (July 2011 – December 2011) enables you to see the financial position of AJLI. You can download the report HERE.

Should you have any questions or wish to follow up on this document, please contact any member of the AJLI Board of Directors.AJLI Finances WebinarJoin Sandra Thomas, AJLI Treasurer, for a review of AJLI’s first-half 2011-12 financial results, covering the period July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011. The webinar will be held on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Click HERE  to register for the webinar.

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JANUARY GENERAL MEETING – RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 6th

This General Meeting is a mandatory voting meeting for all Active members. If you are unable to attend the meeting please contact Courtney at the JLS office, askus@jrleagueseattle.org , to receive an electronic ballot. Electronic ballots are due by noon on Friday, February 3rd.
The fine for not attending this mandatory voting meeting, or obtaining your absentee ballot and voting prior to noon on February, is $50.  (This is for Active members only.)

Where: Triple Door Downtown Seattle
216 Union St, Seattle, WA

When:  Monday, February 6th @
6:00 pm – Social
7:00 pm – Meeting

Parking: Valet parking is available on Union St. during dinner hours for $10.90 (this includes tax) – there are also various parking garages in the area.

From Advocacy – Call + Response review

Call + Response poster

Snowmageddon can’t stop us!  The Advocacy Committee was thrilled that over 70 people came out on January 22, 2012 to Hillel-UW for the screening of Call+Response.  Advocacy committee members Angela Allen and Marisa Jenkins worked closely with Alex Sum, Co-Founder of Seattle Against Slavery and Founder/Chairman of Hope for Seattle, to arrange the movie screening and the panel discussion which followed.

Call+Response is a combination documentary and musical performance film that brings to light the awful fact that there are more slaves today than ever before in human history.  The movie makes the point that the business of human trafficking is just that, a business in which slave traders make an enormous amount of money off of the exploitation of women and children. The Director, Justin Dillon, used music as an instrument in the movie to demonstrate that music can be part of the movement against human slavery.

The Panelists for the discussion and Q&A were:

  • Sarah Collins – Mother of missing young woman and former victim, Kelsey Collins
  • Mar Smith – Washington Engaged
  • Marie Hoffmann – Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN)
  • Peter Qualliotine – YouthCare
  • Robert Beiser – Seattle Against Slavery and Hillel-UW

The issue of Human Trafficking can be overwhelming for those new to the subject. However, the panel did a great job of breaking down the questions thrown at them.  Below is a synopsis of what was learned.

  • It is imperative to start talking about this subject to children as early as middle school when teens are at their most vulnerable age.
  • Insist on Fair Trade products. “Fair trade” describes a system of commerce that promotes a sustainable environment, labor rights, a good wage and healthy working conditions for laborers as well as their families and communities.  The panelists are hopeful that it won’t be too far into the future when Fair Trade practices will become as commonplace as recycling and organic gardening.  Click on this link to find out more information and to download a fair trade finder app.

http://fairtradeusa.org/.

Thank you to everyone who came out to see the showing and listen to the panel.  If you were unable to attend learn more and view the trailer at. http://www.callandresponse.com/.