Posts Tagged "staff"

Collaborating with Law Enforcement to Recover Human Trafficking Victims

February 5, 2021

ZOE collaborates with human trafficking task forces in Thailand, Japan, and the United States, including law enforcement, government, and community agency partners. In Los Angeles, ZOE is a partner of the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force. Such collaboration is vital to identify and recover victims and investigate and prosecute traffickers.

In January 2021, ZOE had the privilege of speaking before the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, along with other community organizations and survivor leaders, to express support for the City Council to fully fund the Los Angeles Police Department’s Human Trafficking Task Forces in the midst of possible department budget cuts.

ZOE staff on ZOOm for Human Trafficking task force meeting

During the 2020-2021 fiscal year, budget cuts limited human trafficking operations outside of regular business hours. These cuts reduced opportunities to recover human trafficking more victims, including children.

Human trafficking investigations and operations require many hours, and usually months, of building rapport with and interviewing victims, investigations, and collaboration efforts to successfully identify and recover victims and investigate and prosecute cases against traffickers.

During the meeting, ZOE’s Chief Operating Office Dave Cox told the commission the following quote:

“Without dedicated law enforcement efforts, child trafficking will grow in our city.”

In the end, the commissioners voted to recommend that the City Council fully fund the human trafficking task forces.

We are thankful for our dedicated law enforcement and other partners who work tirelessly to help recover our most vulnerable children from human trafficking.


Author Ester Yu

Support for Parents of CSEC

September 17, 2018

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 […]

Efforts in Los Angeles

September 10, 2018

Efforts in Los Angeles by Ester Yu In July, an undercover human trafficking operation in Compton recovered 2 girls from commercial sexual exploitation and arrested 36 adults. The 2 girls were 16 and 17 years old and identified as victims of sexual exploitation. One woman who was arrested is actually from Santa Clarita and was […]

Honest Reflection

November 10, 2017

Honest Reflection Written By – Hanne Fellers I’ve been in a season where I am reflecting and constantly being reminded of why I am in this work. Before I get into some of the things I’ve been reflecting on, I just want to THANK YOU, ZOE friends, for engaging with us. Without YOU, we wouldn’t […]

A Lazy Day at ZOE

March 1, 2017

A Lazy Day at ZOE Sometimes our kids just need some time to unwind and chill!  With school, homework, chores, special events, short term teams, visitors, intercessory prayer, weekly bible study, and more, it can get hectic for our kids. 

Education is Key to Ending Child Trafficking

February 29, 2016

  Elizabeth Mackie’s Path to ZOE Guest blog post by Elizabeth Mackie. As a retired Los Angeles police officer, who knew that 3 1/2 years ago I would become so vested in the cause of child trafficking? When the opening came up at ZOE for a bookkeeper, I was not actively looking for work and […]

An Unexpected Gift

December 23, 2015

ZOE Thai Staff Member Changes a Young Girl’s Life Wan is one of our talented Thai staffers who speaks Thai, English, and Burmese. A few years ago, she helped take care of a young girl who stayed at ZOE for a short time. Since this girl was Burmese, Wan was able to minister to her […]

My ZOE Story | Good Plans…

February 12, 2015

My ZOE Story | Good Plans… by Karen Miyamoto, Donor Relations Manager at ZOE ZOE holds a special place in my heart. It is the place of my work but more than that, I have come to know ZOE as a place of hope and dreams.  I have been a ZOE employee for a little […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 10, 2014

  Celebrating ZOE Mothers on Mother’s Day With very few exceptions, Mother’s Day is celebrated all around the world. No region or religion can claim the origin of Mother’s Day because recognizing and appreciating the work of a mother is foundational to being sons and daughters. Mother’s Day is a worldwide holiday because we owe […]