Tag Archives: human trafficking

U.S. Senate Brings Human Trafficking Bill to a Standstill after House Approval

The Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, House Resolution 2283, passed by voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support last Wednesday, July 23. The Senate counterpart, Senate Bill 1249, had already been referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where committee leaders Sens. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, and Bob Corker, R-TN, decided to put the bill aside for the time being.

The Richmond Justice Initiative, a non-profit, faith-based organization whose mission is to advocate, educate and raise human trafficking awareness in Virginia, celebrated the passage of the bill in the House along with the national attention the issue has received.

“The Richmond Justice Initiative is celebrating the passage of HR 2283 in the House. We are excited and encouraged to see Congress making the end of modern day slavery a priority,” stated Alicia Cundiff, RJI’s advocacy manager. “Thanks to the hard work of community advocates across the country, including hundreds of Virginians, our voices were heard and Congress listened.”  More

The Obama Administration’s Human Trafficking

This article was originally published at Front Page Magazine

Murrieta-Patrice-Lynesby Arnold Ahlert

For all intents and purposes, the Obama administration is engaged in human trafficking.

At a Senate hearing Wednesday, Health and Human Services Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families Mark Greenberg admitted that, even if the Obama administration knew it was releasing Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) to other illegal aliens, they would do so based on the “totality of the circumstances” that apparently justifies such irresponsibility. However, when pressed by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Greenburg made it clear the Obama administration doesn’t even want to know to whom they are releasing the children, disclosing the reality that HHS does “not verify the immigration status of the individual.” More

Richmond Justice Initiative: Partnerships and Giving to a Cause

By Alisa Feliciano | RJI Volunteer


Richmond Justice Initiative is a faith-based organization. We value prayer as our recognition of our complete dependence on God. We believe in His provision, making way for all of our needs, in order to do the work of justice He has called us to. We are thankful for many individuals, organizations, and companies in our community and around the state of Virginia and beyond who have stepped up and supported RJI’s efforts in donating their time, energy, fundraising, or donating directly to our organization! This month we want to spotlight two organizations that have used their creativity to fund-raise on their own for RJI.

New Creation, a partner organization that fights human trafficking in the Shenandoah Valley, partnered with a local high school student to create the Light the Night 5K for his senior project to help raise funds for RJI’s signature teen anti-trafficking curriculum, Prevention Project program to be in schools in his area! The student led event had around 125 participants that enjoyed a walk/run around the beautiful campus, along with prizes donated by local businesses, giveaways, and a DJ dance party. The event was very successful and they have already had multiple students offer to lead the project next year. When raising awareness and funds in your community, Sabrina Dorman of New Creation says, “I would encourage youth to get involved, their passion and energy is contagious.

Ashley Topping, of Wells Fargo Advisors, Innslake Office, had personally been aware of and involved in the fight against human trafficking. When she became part of a group at Wells Fargo Advisors called IMPACT, she used the opportunity to educate her co-workers about human trafficking and the work RJI was doing in the community. When she made her team aware of the issue, there was an abundance of support to get RJI as the approved charity for their Spring Basket Fundraiser. Ashley said, “The topic may be uncomfortable to talk about, but if people don’t understand what is going on, how can they stand up to fight against it? The amount of people I was able to inform during our fundraiser week simply blew me away. There are so many who just have no idea what is happening, not just all over the world, but right here in our city.

During the Spring Basket Fundraiser, each department selected a basket theme and put the baskets on display for one week. Team members were able to purchase tickets for $1.00 to place in the basket of their choice that they would like to be eligible to win. At the end of the week, one name from each basket is drawn and the baskets are delivered to the winners. All the money raised from the raffle ticket sale is given to the chosen charity. RJI is honored to be the charity they chose this spring.

We have heard from and trust many of you would like to start your own funding campaign to support RJI. The power to help end human trafficking is in your hands and this is a great way to be creative and use your talents make a difference, and above all to serve the Lord. Please contact us at info@rvaji.com or check out or Action Menu for more ways you can raise awareness and funds at the same time to fight human trafficking in your city! You can also be a part of fundraisers that are currently being planned:

Hope Thrift Fundraiser, August 9, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Chipotle, Eat for Change, August 11, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Amazing Raise, September 17-18

Broad Street Mile, September 20, 11:30 a.m.

Be sure to check out future features about fundraisers and donations, as we highlight them in upcoming newsletters!

Check out more on RJI’s blog.

International Child Labor Trafficking Survivor Embraces Recovery

When Evelyn Chumbow was nine years old, she became a victim of human trafficking when she traveled from her native Cameroon in Africa to Maryland, where she was forced to work as a domestic servant for an abusive woman, Theresia Mubang, until escaping as a teenager.

Evelyn Chumbow

Evelyn Chumbow

Chumbow said her mother and uncle made the arrangements to sell her and send her to the U.S. She was promised a better education and more economic opportunities in America, but she said her family never really knew where they were sending her.

“Everybody thinks it’s way better here (the U.S.) than it is in Africa,” she said.

Chumbow was illegally flown to London, where she stayed for months before arriving in Maryland.

“Everything changed when I arrived in the U.S.,” Chumbow said.


FBI Richmond, Local Law Enforcement Partner in National Operation Against Child Sex Trafficking

Human Trafficking in Virginia

The FBI’s national weeklong Operation Cross Country VIII resulted in the recovery of 168 victims of child sex trafficking across America, in what the FBI says is the country’s largest law enforcement action against child sex trafficking. Virginia’s FBI offices in Richmond and Norfolk participated in the program along with 104 other U.S. cities.

Operation Cross Country is an annual law enforcement action to recover child sex trafficking victims around the country with the help of local, state and federal law enforcement partners. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children also participated in the operation. More


Fall Kick-Off Fundraising