ZOE USABy Marji Iacovetti ZOE was privileged to support a Human Trafficking Symposium at Camp Scott on January 29th. The theme of this beautiful event was Reclaiming My Journey. The symposium equipped youth at the juvenile detention camp with knowledge about tactics traffickers use to lure and exploit young people. Trafficking survivor, Tika Thorton, […]
Support for Parents of CSEC by Marji Iacovetti This summer, LA County launched a pilot program to support parents of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). ZOE was privileged to support the county’s efforts. The weekly meetings were held at a church and were led by two experienced and caring clinicians – one from the Department […]
A Wake-Up Call by Marji Iacovetti Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice held a Human Trafficking Summit in Washington D.C. During the summit, Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, expressed the department’s active commitment to continue to combat the violent crime of human trafficking. https://www.c-span.org/video/?440609-101/attorney-general-sessions-remarks-human-trafficking&start=365 Mr. Sessions reported several successful law enforcement efforts including prosecutions, long […]
Relentless Leaders by Marji Iacovetti ZOE representatives were invited to speak briefly at the last two meetings of the LA County Board of Supervisors as our top county officials considered motions related to human trafficking. We were honored to share insights based on ZOE’s experience.
ZOE is working in close partnership with Safe Harbor Family Services, a nonprofit organization that recruits, equips, and supports foster families. After experiencing safety, love, and care at ZOE Children’s Homes – Los Angeles, many kids will be ready to move to family settings where they can continue the healing process.
ZOE Supporters Help Child Trafficking Survivors ZOE was recently contacted by a law enforcement official who asked if we could provide some clothing for two survivors of child trafficking. We let the caller know that we’d be glad to help. This request was right on mission for ZOE International. We decided to create an Amazon […]
Combat Human Trafficking Through Prayer “In the end, human trafficking is a spiritual battle. God, alone, has the power to stop this abuse.” I had shared this perspective with several groups and individuals, and I meant it. After I finished speaking, I went to the ZOE office. As usual, I pulled out my task list […]
What Men Can Do to Stop Sex Trafficking When it comes to providing care for victims of child sex trafficking, men often step back a bit. They are sensitive to the reality that many of the victims are girls who have suffered deeply at the hands of men. I genuinely appreciate that sensitivity. At the […]
ZOE Missionaries Help Victims of Child Trafficking “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” – Mr. Antolini, Catcher in the Rye This quotation makes me think of ZOE’s many amazing […]
Human Traffickers and “Daddy” Most children who are sexually trafficked in the U.S. have deeply distorted views about family. When a male human trafficker looks for a child to exploit, he often looks for a young teen who was sexually abused during early childhood. He preys on the confusion and vulnerabilities that result from that […]
There’s no such thing as a child prostitute by Marji Iacovetti, Program Services Manager at ZOE “There’s no such thing as a child prostitute.” A quick online search of these words brings over two dozen perfectly matching results. In recent months, the phrase has been featured in newspaper articles, media guides, billboards, and speeches given […]
Expanding ZOE’s Offices – Want To Help? Most of you know that we are moving forward on the lengthy journey toward opening a home to serve kids in Los Angeles. We are also responding to the need to provide care for more kids in Thailand than ever before. In order to do all of this […]