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Blue Bulletin Campaign: What’s New With Blue

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DHS Blue Bulletin Campaign: National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month is Here

#WearBlueDay is January 11th

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month is Here

BLUE is the international color of HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS

WEAR BLUE AND SHARE A PHOTO ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH #WEARBLUEDAY TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE CRIME.

On December 31, 2020, the White House proclaimed January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  This is a time dedicated to raising awareness, providing education, and taking action to combat this heinous crime.  Read the full proclamation here.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is recognized each year on January 11th.  In recognition of this important day, Blue Campaign hosts #WearBlueDay.  Anyone can join Blue Campaign in bringing awareness to human trafficking on #WearBlueDay by doing one (or more!) of the following:

  • Snap a selfie.  Have you picked your outfit yet?  We encourage you to wear blue (whether that’s a shirt, uniform, or hat), take a photo of yourself, and post it to social media using #WearBlueDay.  Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same.
  • Share a video.  Create a video message explaining why you are participating in #WearBlueDay.  Post it on social media with #WearBlueDay and encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same.
  • Challenge your friends, family, or colleagues.  Encourage your friends, family, or colleagues to get creative with their #WearBlueDay photos – while practicing social distancing – and see who comes up with the best picture. Remember to share on social media with #WearBlueDay!
  • Light up a landmark.  In 2018, Los Angeles City Hall was lit blue and Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted a photo of it with #WearBlueDay.  Work with your local government to light a capitol building, landmark, or bridge blue to raise awareness of human trafficking.  Use social media to post photos of the landmark with #WearBlueDay and why it’s lit in blue.
  • Host a virtual event.  Organize an online event, such as a panel discussion or documentary viewing, to foster discussion about human trafficking and how to recognize and report it.  Encourage attendees and participants to wear blue and share photos on social media.  Don’t forget to use #WearBlueDay.
  • Follow Blue Campaign (@DHSBlueCampaign) on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram where we will share more human trafficking awareness information in January.

Blue Campaign also has several social media graphics you can use when posting about #WearBlueDay available here.

Child Malnourished And Kept In Crate

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Child was malnourished and kept in a wooden crate.

Preliminary hearing held for 4 people
charged with child abuse in
Stone County, Missouri

STONE COUNTY, MO  –  A preliminary hearing was held on Tuesday for four people charged for child abuse back in November.

Dessa A. Barton, 26, W. Dalton McLendon, 26, Kathreine Kost, 56, and Richard A Hilliker, 52, pleaded not guilty to their charges.  Each face charges of endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse.

In a hearing that lasted more than three hours, the Stone County Prosecuting Attorney presented various pieces of evidence and called multiple witnesses to the stand.  Among witnesses were Stone County detectives as well as the ex-boyfriend of Dessa Barton, who is the mother of the child.

Detectives said the then 4-year-old boy suffered from extreme malnutrition.  They also said the young boy spent extended periods of time in a wooden crate constructed of pallets.

On Tuesday Stone County Prosecutor Matt Selby showed a number of photos taken during a search of the home.

Photos showed the crate itself, a make-shift door for the crate as well as blankets and children’s clothing.  During testimonies, detectives said Dalton McLendon previously denied using the crate for the child, instead they say McLendon said it was used for a dog.

Detectives who gave testimony also said McLendon admitted to spanking the boy and sometimes using a belt on him.  Among the photos shared by Selby was a photo of a belt, which detectives described as “the belt.”

“[McLendon said the child] had this problem where he would pee himself,” Stone County detective Matthew Maggard said.

Maggard also said McLendon told him he had issues trying to get the boy to play with him.

“Dalton said he tried to play with [the child] but he never wanted to play with him because he seemed like a standoff child,” Maggard said in his testimony.

Selby also presented phone records between a few of the four.  All four were present during the hearing, but a few of the defense attorneys said some of the evidence did not pertain to each individuals case.

Detectives had also testified that medical personnel told them the child’s injuries were consistent with physical abuse.  One detective said the boy was quite skinny when they saw him.

One investigator who gave testimony said Barton told detectives in an interview that she did not know how her son had hurt himself.  They said Barton said she believed her son was causing self harm.  Detectives said she told them she thought her son need more psychiatric help than medical attention.

Investigators initially received a 911 call on November 6 about the child being unresponsive in a Billings home.  Emergency crews transported the him to a Springfield hospital, then airlifted him to a Kansas City hospital.

Safe For The Holidays, Is This Lazaro Ouando Martinez ?

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Lazaro Ouando Martinez, 45, wanted on Child Sex Abuse case in Houston, Texas.

Where is he?  This 45-year-old man is
accused of continuous Sexual Abuse
of a Child

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, charging and/or arrest of the suspects in this case.

HOUSTON, TX  –  Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department are looking for a man who is accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Lazaro Ouando Martinez, 45, is described as a Hispanic male, about five feet four inches tall, weighing 150 to 180 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Crime Stoppers released his photo early Friday.

Police said it was August of 2019 when they first received a report of the crime from the 200 block of Red Ripple in north Houston.

The victim told investigators the suspect sexually abused them over a two-year period.

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, charging and/or arrest of the suspects in this case.

Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app.

Only tips and calls DIRECTLY TO Crime Stoppers are anonymous and eligible for a cash reward.

WA Women Charged In Unrelated Child Abuse Cases

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Kitsap County Courthouse

Women charged with felony child abuse
in separate cases

PORT ORCHARD, WA  –  In unrelated incidents, two women were charged Tuesday in Kitsap Superior Court with felony child abuse.

One was charged for leaving a 1-year-old girl in a hot car while attempting to shoplift at the Silverdale Target and another for beating her 6-year-old son with a belt after he got into a fight at school.

Sheriff’s deputies were called Sept. 4 by employees of a private school in East Bremerton reporting that a student had asked to stand instead of sit, as it hurt him to sit because of “significant welts and marks” on his backside after his mother disciplined him, according to court documents.

Deputies spoke with his mother, 30, who said the boy had been assaulting other children and she wanted to stop this behavior.  She gave deputies a synthetic leather belt with metal features.

The woman pleaded not guilty to a count of third-degree assault of a child.

The boy and a sibling were placed in protective custody.

Deputies were called Sunday to the Silverdale Target after security guards there said a woman, 24, they knew to repeatedly shoplift from other Target stores had selected some bottles of alcohol.  She was then joined by a man, 56, who is believed to have gone into the store to warn her security was present, according to court documents.

The woman left behind the items but when the two went back to the car, deputies met them and attempted to serve them with a notice that they had been banned from returning to any Target.

While at the car, deputies noticed 1-year-old girl in the back seat who appeared to be sweating.  A deputy wrote in documents that it was 75 degrees out and the temperature inside the car was likely much higher.  Medics were called and said the girl was lethargic and needed to be taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

Deputies were told by a security guard that, according to surveillance camera footage taken inside the store, the two adults left the baby in the car unattended for about 23 minutes.  The girl was turned over to Child Protective Services after she was released from the hospital.

Both the man and woman were arrested and booked into the Kitsap County Jail. They pleaded not guilty to second-degree criminal mistreatment and reckless endangerment.

Tell Congress To Defund PBS

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Tell Congress to Defund PBS

Tell Congress to Stop Using Our Tax Dollars
to Fund PBS

WE THE PEOPLE Demand and Deserve Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination

One Million Moms is asking you to encourage your member of Congress to support Rep. Doug Lamborn’s bill to defund public broadcasting.

Congressman Lamborn (R-CO) has introduced legislation that would stop federal tax dollars from going to Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).  According to congressional appropriation records, the federally subsidized Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) receives over $400 million per year, and it sends about $60 million to PBS to promote an ideology of sexual deviancy and to attack religious liberty.  This must stop!

PBS has been airing a TV and an online series called Prideland to promote and normalize unbiblical sexuality.  By distributing and promoting Prideland, PBS is furthering attacks on Christianity and is making a mockery of the Bible and God’s design for human sexuality.

In the most recent PBS episode, Championing LGBTQ+ Healthcare in Mississippi, healthcare workers’ religious liberty and freedom of conscience are attacked.

Healthcare personnel in many states have religious liberty rights and freedom of conscience rights to protect them from the sexual deviancy agenda.  PBS is airing LGBTQ+ propaganda to undermine state laws designed to protect healthcare workers’ rights.

In particular, PBS has made it clear that it’s fighting against state laws like Mississippi’s H.B. 1523, which states:

The state government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person wholly or partially on the basis that the person declines to participate in the provision of treatments, counseling, or surgeries related to sex reassignment or gender identity transitioning or declines to participate in the provision of psychological, counseling, or fertility services based upon a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction. …

This law prevents the government from forcing healthcare workers and counselors to provide services that would violate their “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.”  If providing gender identity transition care violates a healthcare worker’s religious belief or conviction, then the state government cannot force the worker to provide that service.

It is clear that PBS is using taxpayer funding to lobby the court of public opinion to subvert state laws that protect religious liberty and rights of conscience for healthcare personnel.

This is not just a Mississippi issue as the PBS Prideland series makes it clear that its sexual deviancy agenda is nationwide.

1MM needs you to take action now.  Urge your member of Congress to support Rep. Lamborn’s bill to defund public broadcasting.

TAKE ACTION

Click here to send your member of Congress an email nowStrongly urge your representative to sign on as a co-sponsor of Rep. Lamborn’s bill that will stop taxpayer funds from going to PBS by defunding Corporation for Public Broadcasting.