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Richmond Justice Initiative Honors Henrico County Prosecutor

From Richmond Justice Initiative:

RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond Justice Initiative hosted a reception for its organization Saturday evening in the home of Amy and Steven Williams, partner with McGuire Woods LLP. Richmond Justice Initiative awarded the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney of Henrico, Mike Feinmel, with its Freedom Maker Award.

Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman, an advisory board member for Richmond Justice Initiative, delivered an address as the keynote speaker in support of the organization’s work and accomplishments and spoke on the issue of human trafficking.

“It was an honor to host this event in the Williams’ home. It is only by the support of our community and individuals such as Mike Feinmel and Congressman Wittman that we are able to continue to fight human trafficking in Richmond and beyond,” said Sara Pomeroy, Founder and President of Richmond Justice Initiative. More

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. More

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.