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A big thank you from Jessie´s mom Glendene

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Re: A big thank you from Jessie´s mom Glendene

Post by Pedro Silva on Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:19 pm

Hi friends. I know I have sent several messages already this month, but I am sure you all understand.

There are basically 2 reasons why. The first and foremost is that the 5 year mark of Jessie's disappearance is fast approaching and of course, as you can imagine – it is very much on my mind. It goes through my head like "FIVE YEARS, 5 years, 5 YEARS, five years, F I V E Y E A R S" – and if that is not enough, then I start thinking . . . "1/2 a decade, HALF A DECADE" – it just never stops.

Anyways . . . Secondly, there has just been so much happening that I keep wanting to share with you all. Things like the events I have been invited to; the presentations I have given; the Missing TV show that finally aired Jessie's case
(http://jessiefoster.blogspot.com/2011/03/missing-tv-show.html); the Jessie song that was written to help raise awareness about her disappearance and to help the campaign to fight human trafficking (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbT2K6q0caI); and a new book about to be released – Diana Trepkov's (www.forensicsbydiana.com): FACELESS, VOICELESS: From Search to Closure, that includes Jessie's case in it, and pictures of Jessie on the cover.

So friends and Jessie supporters, please read below and keep your love and prayers coming. And continue to help spread the word about human trafficking so it is no longer the crime that no one knows about, therefore allowing it to continue. We will combat it and together we will, one day, make a huge dent in it, just as we have with other issues (drinking & driving and smoking, to name just two) that were brought down to size because we all stuck together and did not back down.


MARCH 2011:
I am leaving for Ottawa tomorrow, Monday, March 28th, and will be back on Saturday, April 2nd. On Tuesday, March 29th (EXACTLY 5 YEARS SINCE JESSIE HAS BEEN MISSING), Wednesday, the 30th & Thursday, the 31st, I will be representing Canada Fights Human Trafficking (http://www.canadafightshumantrafficking.com/index.html) as its BC Chapter Director a the "National Human Trafficking Conference - Moving Forward Together: An Integrated Response to Human Trafficking".

National Human Trafficking Conference - Moving Forward Together: An Integrated Response to Human Trafficking Agenda - English.pdf - 78.23 KB (http://www.octevaw-cocvff.ca/sites/all/files/Human_Trafficking_Agenda_-_English[1].pdf)

I am really looking forward to this event. When is it over on Thursday, I will be going back to CFHT's head office to complete my training and orientation so when I get back to BC I will be ready for whatever they have for me and they will be there for me in everything I do.


APRIL 2011:
Next month I will be speaking at the "Raise Their Voice: The Trafficked + Exploited" (http://raisetheirvoice.com/archives/818). A two-day conference in Red Deer, Alberta that will bring leading activists, social workers, lawmakers and members of the public to highlight the story of human trafficking in Canada and abroad. The April 15th and 16th event features a keynote by MP Joy Smith. The event will also feature keynote addresses by Glendene Grant, the mother of Jessie Foster who is a missing person and victim of human trafficking. Mark Wollenberg, the Western Canadian representative of International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression, will also speak.

The following is a list of contributor bios for the Raise Their Voice: The Trafficked + Exploited April 15 + 16 in Red Deer, Alberta - http://raisetheirvoice.com/raise-their-voice-the-trafficked-exploited/contributor-bios


MAY 2011:
May I will be in Toronto for the International Conference on Motherhood, Activism, Advocacy, Agency. I was asked to write a short chapter for their new book on 21st Motherhood Movement. I was contacted by Dr. Andrea O'Reilly, Associate Professor, School of Women's Studies, Founder-Director: Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, Journal of the Motherhood Initiative (http://www.motherhoodinitiative.org/), Demeter Press, Editor, Encyclopedia of Motherhood, Sage Press, 2010 - York University, after she heard about my speech at the Freedom Benefit Concert and how I did on the panel at the Inaugural Conference the next day. She wanted to know more about M.A.T.H. Mothers Against Trafficking Humans, an organization that I have been trying to make a reality - instead of just my Facebook Group and Facebook Cause with around 5,000 members each.

She really liked what I wrote.
This is what she said: "Thank you for sending this so quickly. What a powerful and informative chapter!!!."
Then she asked: "Could you provide a couple more paragraphs on Jessie's story of her life and how things were for everyone before and then after she went missing?"
Then she asked: "Could you also provide a paragraph on the state of human trafficking in Canada and elsewhere?"
And finally, I ended up being invited to the book launch in May, and I am to be one of their keynote speakers. So, my short chapter is now a long chapter and somehow I ended up as one of their main speakers.


And in between these events, there are several high school presentations already booked. Unfortunately, we even had to reschedule 3 presentations in Ashcroft on March 31st, because I got booked to go to the National Human Trafficking Conference in Ottawa and I won't be in BC on that day. I felt bad, but on the other hand, I will have completed my CFHT training by the time we do go there, and that is a very good thing.

So, again friends – thank you for always being here for us, especially Jessie. I have always shared my girl, and so Jessie is everyone's daughter everyone's sister and everyone's friend and that is why she is loved by so many.

I hope and pray we do not have to go another 5 years without answers to what happened to Jessie, but I know this – if we have to, she will continue to be in everyone's prayers and on everyone's mind and she will also be not just Canada's most well-known human trafficking victim, but the most well-known human trafficking victim in the entire world. Of this I promise you!

From the bottom of my heart – sincerely, Jessie's mom, Glendene.

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Re: A big thank you from Jessie´s mom Glendene

Post by Pedro Silva on Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:41 am

My friends, I received an update from Jessie´s mom Glendene:

ON NOW (Wednesday, April 6, 2011) Jessie's case will be told on Access TV's (CTV) Alberta Primetime show, Domestic Human Trafficking: We take a closer look at human trafficking here in Alberta‏

I absolutely cannot believe that it has been more than 5 years since Jessie has been missing. I simply cannot believe it. But it is true. There were several news articles last week, mentioning the five year mark.

Calgary Metro News: http://www.metronews.ca/calgary/local/article/816723--mom-won-t-give-up-search-for-daughter
Kamloops This Week: http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_thompson_nicola/kamloopsthisweek/news/118873714.html
Kamloops CFJC TV: http://www.cfjctv.com/story.php?id=1922
Las Vegas Tribune: http://www.lasvegastribune.com/readit/03-30-2011.pdf
Jacked in with Jessica: http://www.am1150.ca/Shows/JackedIn.aspx

One thing for sure, this has been a busy year already. I have been to Toronto, Ontario in January to speak at the launch of the Alliance Against Modern Slavery; to Langley, BC in March to speak at a forum arranged by the Soroptimists the of Langleys about human trafficking; also in March I was back in Ontario, this time at our Nation's capital for a human trafficking conference hosted by the RCMP and the Ontario Police Service and from there to Brantford, ON for some training and orientation with Canada Fights Human Trafficking; and in between those events, I have been to schools in and around Kamloops, British Columbia (including Penticton, BC) and in Calgary, Alberta. Next week I will be in Red Deer, Alberta for Raise Their Voice: The Trafficked + Exploited: http://raisetheirvoice.com/raise-their-voice-the-trafficked-exploited) and in May I will be back in Toronto, ON for CFHT's Be a Voice gala event: http://www.canadafightshumantrafficking.com/events.html and the International Conference on Motherhood Activism & book launch (one of the chapters in this book was written by me): http://www.motherhoodinitiative.org. I will be a keynote speaker at all three of the events mentioned above.

Tonight (Wednesday, April 6, 2011) Jessie's case will be told on Access TV's (CTV) Alberta Primetime show, Domestic Human Trafficking: We take a closer look at human trafficking here in Alberta, and what's being done to prevent the problem from getting worse. The reporter, Danny Baldassarre, started his interview with me last October when I was in Edmonton for Professor Perrin's book launch and the fundraiser for MLAP. We communicated for several months via phone and email and then he met me in Calgary last month and filmed me doing a presentation at Henry Wise Wood Secondary School. Alberta Primetime is out of Edmonton, and will be on at 7PM and 11PM Mountain Time (here in BC it will be on at 6PM and 10PM). In Edmonton it is on Channel 9 (Cable 9); in Calgary it is on Channel 13 (Cable 13); if you have satellite – Shaw Direct is on Channel 351; Bell Express Vu is on Channel 267; and Telus TV is on Channel 9. It will also be available online after it airs at: http://www.albertaprimetime.com/Stories.aspx?pd=2190.

Canada Fights Human Trafficking: http://www.canadafightshumantrafficking.com is holding a national traffickjam fundraiser on April 23, 2011. I hope you will all take the time to check out this site: http://www.traffickjam.cfht.net and sign up to join us in your city, and please help CFHT by sponsoring me in the walk. Click here to sponsor: http://www.traffickjam.cfht.net/participant/1687.

So, friends and loved ones – thank you all for being here for me and with me during the past 5 years. Without everyone there, I know I would not have been able to carry on as I have. The strength I get from you, I pass on to others. I love you all – Glendene.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:09 am

My friends, an update from Jessie´s mum Glendene:

Some of you have received a similar email about this, but that was send only to media contacts, this is going out to everyone, so please forgive me if you are getting this information twice (but it is better than not getting it at all). ALSO: the first message had the time of 7:00PM – CORRECTION: that is the time it starts simultaneously in Ontario (and across Canada). We start at 4:00PM here in Kamloops.

I have been asked by Canada Fights Human Trafficking to host the trafficjam walkathon (3 to 5 kms) on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 4:00PM here in Kamloops.

We will meet in the Riverside Park east-end parking lot by the Interior Savings Center to register and get ready to walk (or run). We will go west to the far end of Riverside Park and back; then down the path to Pioneer Park (to the west-end parking lot) and back again. It is a very nice walk from one park to the other, and the park will be nice on a Saturday, late in the afternoon. It will be a great walk for families, especially those with kids. They will enjoy themselves more than walking along on a sidewalk.

KAMLOOPS CFHT traffickjam walkathon info:

Register at: http://www.traffickjam.cfht.net (minimum of $25 in sponsorships to participate)

Route of the walk: (GOOGLE MAP: http://goo.gl/maps/fucb - it is not marked off, but it is not necessary, since it is an easy route through the parks)

Start Location: Riverside Park (east parking lot by Interior Savings coliseum)

Day of the event: Saturday April 23rd

* Setup & registration starts at 4:00PM

* Walk starts by 4:30PM

* Walk ends by 5:30PM

* Wrap up by 6:00PM


There are walks being held across Canada, some are CFHT sponsored and some are being sponsored by volunteers in other cities.

There is more information is on the poster I am attaching, or you can contact CFHT at events@cfht.net or info@canadafightshumantrafficking.com or you can reply back to me at this email address. Contact me through email if you need my phone number. Also, please add my new email address: glendene@cfht.net to your email address books, then you won’t miss any messages I send out from there.

* Canada Fights Human Trafficking - http://www.canadafightshumantrafficking.com
* Volunteer with CFHT - http://canadafightshumantrafficking.com/volunteers.html
* traffickjam walkathon - http://www.traffickjam.cfht.net
* Sign up to participate - http://www.traffickjam.cfht.net/3/fundraiser.htm
* OR donate to my walk - http://www.traffickjam.cfht.net/participant/1687
* Vancouver walk info - http://604now.com/2011/04/cfht-traffick-jam-vancouver

Thank you all for your time and support to help fight human trafficking.

Sincerely, your friend, Glendene Grant – Honourary Representative for British Columbia, and the mother of international endangered missing woman, Jessie Foster, a human trafficking victim.

PS: I wanted to add something else here, it is a video that the founder of CFHT showed me when I was in Ontario at the end of March/beginning of April.

The video is by Eric Proffitt and it is called "500 Miles" Man in Chains Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvaT4KpA-ew.

It is not a new video, but I wanted to share it with you because it was amazing how I even saw it in the first place.

When I first saw it, I did not see the very beginning, where there are a few people talking about modern-day slavery. One of them Kenneth Morris, the President of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation: http://www.fdff.org – it was amazing, because I am on the FDFF Board of Advisors: http://www.fdff.org/?s=glendene+grant, so it was all a fantastic coincidence.

PLEASE WATCH TOMORROW, Monday, April 11, 2011, 9:00PM: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: FREE AT LAST with Kenneth Morris from FDFF - http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/free-at-last-5713/Overview: “Kenneth Morris is a descendent of two of the most well-known heroes of the Civil War: Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. We'll join Morris as he follows the trail of his great-great-uncle, a founding member of the first black regiment and the son of Frederick Douglass, the most famous black antislavery campaigner in American history, to learn more about what a black Union soldier had to do to be recognized as a war hero.”

I am sure it will be a very interesting show.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:26 pm

My friends, an update from Jessie´s mum Glendene:

MP Joy Smith's April 2011 - Human Trafficking Update‏

I am forwarding MP Joy Smith’s April 2011 Human Trafficking Update – and I want to point out that she mentioned that her; Mark Wallenberg, the Regional Representative of Western Canada for International Justice Mission (IJM); and myself will be the keynote speakers this weekend in Red Deer, Alberta, at the Raise Their Voice – The Trafficked + Exploited conference. I speak on Friday night; Joy and Mark speak on Saturday.

Don't worry, you won't miss it below, I enlarged the font, bolded & changed it to red, but just in case - this is what MP Joy Smith sent:

Raise Their Voice is holding a conference on human trafficking this weekend. I am honoured to be speaking along with Mark Wollenberg from IJM and Glendene Grant.

I am also honoured, and I am looking forward to this opportunity very much.

Joy, Mark and I were all invited last month to the Soroptimists of the Langleys in Langley, British Columbia, where Joy and I got the opportunity to speak. Jamie MacIntosh, the Founder and Executive Director of IJM was also at this event, and this was the second time I met Jamie. He is awesome and I am very happy to say he is also a Jessie supporter.

Joy and I have also had several meetings in the last year, first in Toronto, Ontario, in April 2010 at the Walk-With-Me Glendene & Jessie Award Ceremony and then back in Toronto this January for the launch of the Alliance Against Modern Slavery.

We should have met again last month, in March, in Ottawa, Ontario at the Moving Forward Together - An Integrated Response to Human Trafficking conference. The conference was filled (it was sold out) with law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim services and non-governmental organization representatives from across the country as well as provincial and federal partner agencies – not to mention the officer from Holland and the one from Interpol in Germany. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre partnered with the Ottawa Police Service, in collaboration with the Canadian Chiefs of Police Association (CACP), and hosted Canada's first national conference on human trafficking. The conference was amazing, but unfortunately I had to travel from Ottawa to Brantford on the last day of the event when Joy was speaking, and so unfortunately I missed seeing Joy there.

I am sure there are going to be other times that Joy and I will cross paths again – and every time, I am simply honoured to be in her presence!!

ALSO, don't forget that traffickjam, the national walkathon put on by Canada Fights Human Trafficking - http://www.canadafightshumantrafficking.com/ - is coming up soon. April 23, 2011 in a Canadian city near you. For more information, please go here: http://www.traffickjam.cfht.net/ and if you want to sign up to participate, go here:

http://www.traffickjam.cfht.net/3/fundraiser.htm, and if you are able to sponsor me in the walk I am hosting here in Kamloops, please click here: http://www.traffickjam.cfht.net/participant/1687.

In case anyone missed it, here is the link to Alberta Primetime's mini-doc from last week called Domestic Human Trafficking -


QUOTE: The dramatic growth of human trafficking in our Province comes with devastating consequences. We'll bring you the story of a family (JESSIE FOSTER’S FAMILY) impacted by human trafficking and hear from Alberta experts fighting the problem on the front lines. Joining us for this discussion is Jacqui Linder, Executive Director of the Chrysalis Network; and Staff Sargeant John Fiorilli, who leads the Edmonton Police Service Vice Unit.

I have been fortunate enough to have met Staff Sargeant John Fiorilli twice, once was at the same event as the first time I met MP Joy Smith, the Walk-With-Me Glendene & Jessie Award Ceremony last April in Toronto, and then again in Ottawa last month – he is another Jessie supporter.

I also met Jacqui Linder at the same event, and she I just loved her. She saw right through me in an instant – she figured out that I was not as tough as I like to think I am – or as others believe I am, but that is me who is not tough, not Jessie's mom!!! Jessie's mom is tough as nails! But I have realised that I (Glendene) need to work some more on me! And Jacqui, who is a Traumalogist, offered to work with me over the phone, since there is not someone with her qualifications near me.

I am absolutely amazed at how many people I have met recently. There are some very powerful people who have taken Jessie's case very seriously. There are people around the world helping as much as they can. It is too bad that the actual police on the case did not case even slightly as much as our other Jessie supporters. What a difference that would make!

Thank you all for being here for Jessie all this time. Half a decade is a very long time, and we could never have done it without all the support we get from you all. It is what keeps me going . . . that and having such a wonderful family.

Sincerely, Jessie's mom Glendene.

Jessie's Song – written by Nigel Graham & sung by Bellarose:


Dear friends,

As many of you know, we are currently in the midst of a federal election. I am running for re-election and hope to continue advocating for the abolition of modern day slavery at the federal level.

Even though I am in the midst of a campaign, I wanted to send out a brief Human Trafficking Update on a few upcoming events and current issues.

April’s update includes:
1. Brian McConaghy Keynote at Manitoba Prayer Breakfast
2. Prevent Red Light District in Toronto
3. Upcoming Events
4. In the News

1. Brian McConaghy Keynote at Manitoba Prayer Breakfast

The Manitoba Prayer Breakfast is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-denominational community event that provides all Manitobans with an opportunity to come together to pray for our Governments, Police, Military, and other Community Leaders.

This year, I was honoured to help organise this event and invite Brian McConaghy, executive director of Ratanak International. Brian McConaghy served as an RCMP Forensic Firearms Expert for 22 years. During this time, he was instrumental in solving some of the most heinous crimes committed in Canadian history. In 2002, Brian was an expert witness in the trial and conviction of serial killer Willie Pickton.

In 2004, Brian again played a vital role in the investigation of Donald Bakker, a Canadian child sex tourist, who tortured Vancouver area prostitutes and sexually exploited Cambodian children. Brian’s knowledge of Cambodia enabled him to help Vancouver Police find the location where the Cambodian children were exploited, securing key evidence for Bakker’s trial. The impact of this case led Brian to devote himself full-time to Ratanak International, a humanitarian organization he founded to provide aid to people suffering in Cambodia, and expand its mandate to help children who are sex trafficked in South East Asia.

I would invite all, Manitobans and all Canadians, to attend the breakfast on April 23, 2011. More information and tickets are available at: http://www.manitobaprayerbreakfast.ca/.

2. Prevent Red Light District in Toronto

A few weeks ago, Toronto Councillor Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) continued to call for a red light district to be established in Toronto, preferably on the Toronto City Island. Councillor Mammoliti also raised this idea during his mayoral campaign last year.

I am strongly opposed to legalizing prostitution as international examples (Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia) have proven to only increase human trafficking and exploitation and violence against women.

Thankfully, Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford has stated that he does not support legalized brothels or a red light district. However, I would still encourage you to consider sending an email or letter to Councillor Mammoliti to inform him of how legalization hurts and exploits women and youth. You can find his contact information and more on the Hope For The Sold website: http://www.hopeforthesold.com/toronto-island-to-become-red-light-district/

3. Upcoming Events

April 15-16, 2011 – Raise their Voice: the trafficked + exploited – Red Deer, AB

Raise Their Voice is holding a conference on human trafficking this weekend.

I am honoured to be speaking along with Mark Wollenberg from IJM and Glendene Grant.

Tickets are still available and you can find out more information at: http://raisetheirvoice.com/raise-their-voice-the-trafficked-exploited

April 23, 2011 – CHFT’s traffickjam – Multiple Locations across Canada

traffickjam is a national walkathon happening in cities across Canada on April 23rd, 2011. Anyone can organize a traffickjam event in their city. The goal is to unite together and show that we will not tolerate human trafficking in Canada and raise money to assist victims!

traffickjam is organized by Canada Fights Human Trafficking, a national organization that raises awareness about the issue of human trafficking and helps victims.

If you would find out more or participate in a walkathon in your area please visit: http://traffickjam.cfht.net/

Note: Even if you can’t participate, you can still support the event by financially supporting a registered participant.

April 30 – Human Trafficking Awareness Day – Hamilton, ON

Human Trafficking Awareness Day
The Salvation Army Mountain Citadel
835 Stone Church Rd. E., Hamilton, ON

Registration: 12 pm
Seminar: 1-4:30 pm
Dinner: 5:30 pm
Benefit Concert: 7:00-9:30 pm—Featuring “U Turn”

Registration Fees: $65.00 for Seminar & Dinner $50.00 for Seminar Only
Student Rate: $25.00

TO REGISTER—Contact: Colleen Cyr at 905-869-7020, colleen_cyr@can.salvationarmy.org or Jennifer Thompson at 519-433-6106, jennifer_thompson@can.salvationarmy.org

Guest Speakers:
Victor Malarek - Senior investigative reporter with CTV and author.

Aura Burditt - Outreach Counsellor for The Salvation Army
MP Joy Smith (by video)
Constable Brenda Whitterton - Ottawa RCMP Officer
Constable Lepa Jankovic - Stoney Creek RCMP Officer

April 30, 2011 – Caleb and Taylor's Human Trafficking Fundraiser – Oakville, ON

Caleb Sawh and Taylor Pedde of Kings Christian Collegiate and Portico Community Church have decided to forgo their birthday this year. In lieu of our party, we have decided to throw a fundraising event in partnership with [free-them]. All of the money we collect will go straight to [free-them] to aid in the rescue of human trafficking victims right here at home in Ontario.

Time: Saturday, April 30 • 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Location: Kings Christian Collegiate
528 Burnhamthope Road
Oakville, ON

Tickets can be bought from Caleb or Taylor or at the door before or during the party for $10. All are welcome. We will provide light snacks and refreshments.

There will also be opportunities to donate, and to give through other games, raffles, and silent auctions. We need your help! Visit www.free-them.net for more info.


May 7, 2011 – Screening of Call + Response – Mississauga, ON

CALL+RESPONSE is a first of its kind feature documentary film that reveals the world's 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. CALL+RESPONSE goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2009, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.

Location: Portico 1814 Barbertown Road, Mississauga

Doors Open At 6:30pm | 7:00pm Screening

More information: www.callandresponseottawa.com
Organized by [free-them] – www.free-them.net

May 13, 2011 – CFHT's annual Gala Fundraiser "Be A Voice" – Woodbridge, ON

Location: Paradise Banquet Hall, Woodbridge, Ontario (GTA)

Speakers: Ms. Glendene Grant; Mother of missing Canadian human trafficking victim, Jesse Foster, and a front-line Canadian officer in the combat of human trafficking.

Tickets: $95

Event Includes: Musical Entertainment, Surprise Guest Celebrity, Silent Auction, Art Auction, Diamond Draw, His and Her Jewellery Draw, and more! Contact www.CFHT.net for more information.

4. In The News

Below are a number of articles that appeared over the past few weeks on human trafficking which you may be interested in reading.

April 8, 2011 – Legalizing prostitution would corrupt society: prosecution – Globe and Mail

March 30, 2011 – Country singer Brandt calls for action on human trafficking – Ottawa Citizen

March 12, 2011 – Law violates rights of prostitutes, says group– Calgary Herald

March 11, 2011 – History of sexual violence recalled – Edmonton Sun

March 10, 2011 – You will remember She Has A Name – Red Deer Advocate

March 9, 2011 – Tackling human trafficking involves dealing with sex consumers: experts– Edmonton Sun

Keep pressing forward!


Joy Smith, MP
Kildonan – St. Paul

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Re: A big thank you from Jessie´s mom Glendene

Post by Pedro Silva on Wed Apr 20, 2011 2:41 am

My friends, an update from Jessie´s mum Glendene:

Everyone – don't forget that the Canada Fights Human Trafficking (CFHT) traffickjam walkathon is this Saturday, April 23, 2011.

KAMLOOPS: we are meeting in the west-end parking lot of Riverside Park – right next to the Interior Savings Center
WALK: 4:30 P.M.
WRAP-UP: 6:00 P.M.

I am very pleased to announced that the two co-founders of Walk4Justice, Gladys Radek and Bernie Williams, will be driving up from Vancouver to Kamloops to show their love and support to walk with us on Saturday. I
am so honoured at this offer and I am really looking forward to seeing them both, and to the walk. Also, my cousin Sonya will be coming to Kamloops and joining us for the walk.

Please check out the link for Walk4Justice above, and read about their walks and all the support they got along they way with the greetings and celebrations held for them as they went through one area to the next:
* In 2011 they will be walking (again), from Vancouver, BC to Ottawa, ON – our Nation's Capital
– which is approximately 4,500 kms or 2,800 miles.
* In 2010 they walked from Kamloops, BC - spending the night camped out in my yard before we held a send-off ceremony for the walkers before they started - to Winnipeg, MN (approximately 2,000 kms or 1,250 miles) - where they were greeted by MP Joy Smith, and a welcoming BBQ was held in their honour;
* In 2009 they walked from Vancouver, BC to Prince Rupert, BC (approximately 1,000 kms or 625 miles) – along the notorious Highway of Tears;
* In 2008 they walked from Vancouver, BC to Ottawa, ON (again, approximately 4,500 kms or 2,800 miles)

SO, if they can walk this far, we can do the 3 to 5km walk on Saturday.

Our (Kamloops') very own Miss Teen Canada contender –
Teen Canada contender has her cause
, Vahnessa (or Ness as she likes to be called) Espig is also supporting the Kamloops walk. She has friends here in town who will be helping and they will have t-shirts for sale, of which the profits will be donated to CFHT, but she herself is helping with the Vancouver walk, as that is where she will be on Saturday. I have introduced Ness via email, to Tara Teng, Miss Canada – Human trafficking victims find a friends in Miss Canada
, as they have both dedicated their young lives to fighting human trafficking. And, as Tara said, it will be two Beauty Queens walking to combat human trafficking. Isn't that awesome?

Before ending here, I wanted to take a moment to say how awesome this past weekend was. I was in Red Deer speaking at Raise Their Voice (RTV): the trafficked + exploited conference. It was an excellent learning experience for me. I met so many wonderful people like the Kooman family: Andrew Kooman, from the Raise Their Voice foundation and the author of the play about human trafficking, She Has a Name; Matthew & Ashlea Kooman, co-founders of RTV; Dan & Christy Kooman, with the RTV foundation; and Nick Kooman, also with RTV . . . and many, many others.

And I saw many familiar faces of people whose paths I have started crossing over and over now. People like Mark Wollenberg, the Regional Representative in Western Canada for International Justice Mission (IJM); Andrea Burkhart, the CEO of Action Coalition on human Trafficking (ACT) in Edmonton and Lianne Hazell, Director of ACT Red Deer; and my dear friend, Member of Parliament, Mrs. Joy Smith, from Kildonan—St. Paul, MN, who wore her Jessie button that I gave her while she was there. Can you imagine how proud that made me? Well, VERY PROUD is the answer!!

This event ran Friday night and Saturday all day and will be available online soon.

Then we went to Streams Church for a Justice Emphasis service for Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011. It was a wonderful service, with Pastor Cal Keys and Pastor Mark Wollenberg (IJM).

Thank you all for taking the time to check out the links, and for being here for us all this time. Sincerely, Glendene.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:22 pm

My friends, an update from Jessie´s mum Glendene:

Of course you all know I mean my family and especially my 3 daughters and my 3 grandchildren who keep me sane while Jessie is missing. But, below is something else that brought a smile to my face.

I just got this awesome email from the principle of the Ashcroft High School (we did our human trafficking presentation there last week), and below it is my reply to her.

When I get this kind of message, I know this is what I have to continue to do, Glendene.
Human trafficking education presentation for Ashcroft / Gold Trail - School District 74

Hi Glendene,

I am sorry I was not here the day of your visit, but I heard that the students took your message very seriously. They were moved by your story and several of them took the time to let me know how powerful the experience was. This is not always the case with teenagers when they are receiving safety information, so I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your time and commitment.

Thank you

Colleen Minnabarriet,
Ashcroft Secondary School &
Gold Trail Distributed Learning Program
Colleen, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your message. It means so much to me to hear this. I think that Jessie’s case hits close to home for high school age students. That is the age Jessie was when the person we believe is the recruiter met her and started his ‘grooming’ on her. She was 20 when she was taken to the USA and 21 when she disappeared, but the beginning of this nightmare was when she was their age.

I was very happy to be there, we all were. And I am always very grateful to have a chance to talk to others about Jessie’s disappearance and about human trafficking awareness. I am even happy when I see tears in the student’s eyes – and I mean that in a good way. To me it means that they got the message, and that means everything to me.

Maybe we can set up another presentation in the upcoming school year – there will be new students and maybe even by then, even more teachers wanting to hear our presentation.

Again, thank you very much for your message. Sincerely, Glendene.


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My friends, an update from Jessie´s mum Glendene:

For those of you in the Edmonton area, please check this out and share with your family and friends. I am forwarding it for Canada Fights Human Trafficking. Please share and post – Glendene.

Key Note Speakers:

Naomi Baker, Founder/COO
Canada Fights Human Trafficking (CFHT)

Graeme Watt, National Program Director

Dramatic Presentation

Location: Beaumont Community Church, 5423 55 Street, Beaumont, AB T4X 1A4
Time: May 7th at 7pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm


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Post by Pedro Silva on Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:33 am

My friends, an update from Jessie´s mum Glendene:

My White Picket Fence Newsletter got sidetracked for way too long and I am sorry for the delay. I know I said that before, but since this is not a „regular‟ newsletter, I guess I can get away with it, somewhat! But here I am – back and stronger than ever, ready to go.

December 2009 was our 4th Christmas without Jessie and of course, last year, Christmas 2010 was our 5th.

March 2010 was 4 years since Jessie vanished and this March 29th was 5 long years without knowing anything.

Time just keeps going on. Everyone is getting older, people are having babies and getting married – and sadly, others have passed away. Life never stops, even when you want it to wait, it just goes on and on. And you know that is not really a bad thing.

I would love to have just sat there and waited for Jessie to come home, but that would have been so unfair to my other daughters, Crystal, Katie & Jennee, and to my grandchildren, Maddie, JJ & Ili. I have a missing daughter, but I have other family who is not missing and they need me to be there for them, so I have tried very hard to be here for everyone. I know that Jessie would not have ever wanted to have me forget about her sisters or to stop living because of what has happened to her. Another thing I think about is that I am also living FOR Jessie.

I pray for the day we find Jessie and I pray even harder that she will be found alive – which is what I believe with all my heart. If Jessie is not, she still needs to come home. I believe she would not rest in peace until we have her home with us.

I have gathered enough information so that I know what to do for Jessie when she is found and brought home alive. She will need a chance to go from human trafficking victim to survivor and I know when she has had some time to heal, she will be front and center in the fight against the crime that stole so many years of her life.
I know this crime can be stopped, and it is time for us to do that. It can‟t be done by one or even one hundred organizations and it can‟t be done in one hundred or even one thousand rescues. It will take a long time, but I am here until the end. I have dedicated the rest of my life to bringing awareness to the issue of human trafficking everywhere and to everyone I possibly can, especially where my grandchildren are concerned – I could NEVER live through this ordeal again.

I founded M.A.T.H. on Facebook one day when I was chatting with Lisa Brant, a friend of mine, who is the mother of a human trafficking survivor, Shauna Newell. Newell. We were talking about starting a group and we both had the same name in mind for it. I sent her my little write up I had jotted down a few days earlier (posted below) and I just went for it. I started by putting putting up a M.A.T.H. group and cause on Facebook – and both of them have over 5,000 members. One day – God willing – it will be an actual non-profit organization organization helping human trafficking victims become survivors like Shauna and others like her and to educate educate the world about the crime of human trafficking. trafficking.

Prior to that day, I had been thinking about a name for an organization that I wanted to start. Human trafficking trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the the world and it has touched me personally . . . as my daughter Jessie Foster is a trafficking victim. Now, keep keep in mind I had and still have no idea how to start an an organization, so I am hoping that with all the connections I have made in the past 5+ years, someone someone will be able to advise me somewhat. If you have a suggestion - please do not hesitate to contact me me with it.

This is what I had come up:
M.A.T.H. (Mothers Against Trafficking Humans) Do the M.A.T.H.! 2.5 million people are trafficked yearly around the world* PLUS a global annual market of about $42.5 billion** EQUALS who is getting rich?
*The United Nations estimates 2.5 million people from 127 different countries are being trafficked around the world annually. **The Council of Europe states there is a global annual market of about $42.5 billion.

June 30, 2011 | Volume 2, Issue 1

So, like I said, I have been very busy bringing awareness about human trafficking to others. I want to do everything in my power to prevent this from happening to others. I want to prevent any other person to be kidnapped and forced into a life of being forced to do horrible things and kept away from their families. I want to prevent other mothers from ever having to live what I have lived through for the past half decade.

I go into high schools; launches of new organizations that have started to combat and education on human trafficking; conferences; fundraisers; benefit concerts and much, much more in my quest to bring attention to Jessie Foster, international endangered missing woman, and Canada‟s most well-known victim of human trafficking and about human trafficking issues.

I was invited to be a guest speaker at the 19th ANNUAL WOMAN’S MEMORIAL MARCH in Vancouver on February 14th. What an honour it was. I was also given the chance to drum during the walk and I have no words to describe how emotional that was. I loved it.
One of the many things that happened at the 4 year mark of Jessie‟s disappearance was Jessie‟s case airing on CTV‟s Canada AM on March 29, 2010. Myself and Diana Trepkov, who is Canada‟s leading forensic artist, were both on the show. Diana did several age enhancement drawings of Jessie and they aired during the segment.

Another human trafficking victim who is now a survivor helping others is Timea Nagy. Timea was brought to Canada from Hungary years ago and forced to work at a strip club. She was rescued and has founded a human trafficking organization called Walk-With-Me. In early March of 2010 Timea contacted me about naming an award she was giving to Officers, Social Workers, members of the Media and other Front Line Workers who are in the fight to combat human trafficking, after Jessie and I. She wanted me to come to Toronto, ON for the ceremony. I was honoured and so proud of how much Jessie has and is continuing to help so many people.

I was at the Walk-With-Me “GLENDENE & JESSIE FOSTER AWARD” ceremony in Toronto on April 15, 2010 – meeting the person whose bill passed into law for a mandatory minimum sentence for those convicted of human trafficking anyone 18 years old or younger, Member of Canadian Parliament, Joy Smith; Assistant Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia and author of
We’re on the Web!
HOMEPAGE: www.jessiefoster.ca
BLOG: www.jessiefoster.blogspot.com
FORUM: www.findjessiefoster.org
~~~~ Missing Jessie Foster ~~~~
c/o Jessie‟s mom Glendene Grant
Phone: (250) 374-6137
E-mail: jessiesmom@jessiefoster.ca
E-mail: glendene@shaw.ca
INVISIBLE CHAINS: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking, which includes Jessie‟s case, Benjamin Perrin; Chief Armand La Barge, former Chief of the York Regional Police and the President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police; and many, many other influential people who are combating human trafficking and I am right there beside them all, doing everything I can to help. In 2010 Timea wrote a book called Walk- With-Me in which she mentions Jessie‟s human trafficking case. The books mentioned above are written by two of Canada‟s experts on human trafficking and two of Jessie‟s biggest supporters.

Also in April 2010 we did two anti-human trafficking presentations for one of our local high schools – actually, it was my old high school.
And we were at the Comedy Factory in Edmonton. They held their second fundraiser for Jessie. The owner, Bob Angeli even won the raffle draw for the painting by J. Baltzer and donated it back to me.
On May 8, 2010 we went to Kelowna to meet Denise Allan, the mother of Charles Horvath. Charles is from the UK and he went missing in Kelowna, BC Canada in 1989 when he was just 20 years old. For more information, here is a link to his site – http://www.charleshorvath-allan.memory-of.com/.

May 27, 2010 was Jessie‟s 26th birthday and it was the 5th birthday since she was missing. You would think it would get easier with time but it doesn‟t. 2011 was Jessie‟s champagne birthday – it was her 27th on the 27th. I have not seen or talked to my daughter since she was 21 years old. Like I said, it really does not get easier with time, but we have learned coping skills to deal with what we are living through, so we can live as happy as we possible can, with Jessie missing.

In June of 2010 we did two more anti-human trafficking presentations at another high school here in Kamloops, From that day I think that teachers all over did a lot of thinking about human trafficking education during the summer break, because we started getting more and more calls and emails to do our presentations in the fall.
June also gave us the honour host the Walk4Justice 2010 walkers at my home. It was so awesome. We had tents all over the yard – and Dominos Pizza here in Kamloops delivered a dozen pizzas to us for supper. And then this year, we had the honour of receiving the W4J 2011 walkers when they arrived here in town. We had lunch here, and then we went to the Kamloopa Indian Arbor for Dominos Pizza supper and to set up their campsite.
But I think that the best thing that happened in June 2010 was the passing of MP Joy Smith’s Bill C-268 into law on June 29th. As I write this – it was one year ago today. This law brought mandatory minimum sentencing for people convicted of human trafficking someone 18 years old or younger. How proud we were that day!!
In July, I was pleased to set it up that MP Joy Smith’s office held a barbeque to welcome the Walk4Justice in Winnipeg. It is amazing how so many of us are connected in so many ways as we fight the war against human trafficking and how we are all there for each other.
There was also a fundraiser for Jessie called the JESSIE FOSTER DINE N DANCE. It was an outdoor concert put on by a childhood friend of Jessie and her older sister, Crystal, Aaron Leman. And again Dominos donated the food. They gave us 45 large pizzas – all assorted toppings. THANK YOU DOMINOS. We honestly DO NOT order pizza from anywhere else.
July 22nd, 1986 my best-friend, Brenda Rose gave birth to her 2nd son, James Robert. I met Brenda in June of 1987 just before James turned 1. We have been friends ever since. Our children celebrated each other’s birthdays and every other holiday together like cousins their entire childhood. Sadly, just after James’ 16th birthday he died. James was struck by a car at the bottom of their driveway, in their small community of 300 people. It was BC Day – Monday, August 5, 2002. So, on July 22, 2010,
Brenda and I drove to a Chilliwack, not far from Vancouver, to attend the Family Retreat that my friend Lillie holds every year for people who have lost a loved one. It is an amazing place – along the Fraser River, in a very quiet area. She is lucky to live there. And I am happy she does, because Lillie has had a lot of bad luck in her life. In 1974 her not yet 10-year-old son Donnie, drowned in a terrible accident. Then in 1975 her 11- year-old daughter Kathryn-Mary, disappeared. That was in September and in November her remains were found and her killer has never been caught. Then in 1983 her 21-year-old son Butch, out of heartache and pain – as Lillie says – as a direct result of Kath’s murder not being solved, committed suicide. He could not get over his little sister’s unsolved murder. More recently Lillie lost her beloved husband and other family members. Lillie is one of the strongest women I know and love.
In August 2010 I got the honour to do a presentation at the Lower Nicola Indian Band Youth Group. This was my first time talking to children not yet in high school. The group was ages 6 to 18 and they were all anxious to learn how to protect themselves from this horrible crime.
October was another good month. I wrote an article that was printed in CrimeWatch Canada Magazine, which made me pretty happy. The article is called Prostitution – the world’s oldest profession . . . and the only profession to allow its workers to be KIDNAPPED &/or KILLED. Some of you may have read it.
Also in October my friend, Brenda Rose and I went down to Vancouver and had the honour of meeting Professor Benjamin Perrin and his wife at his book launch for INVISIBLE CHAINS.

Then near the end of October I was invited to a second book launch for INVISIBLE CHAINS in Edmonton. It was part of a fundraiser for MLAP and I was one of their guests of honour. And it was an honour. And I got to meet Benjamin Perrin a second time. After emails with him as far back as 2007, it was such a pleasure to get to know him in person.
While I was in Edmonton I was contacted by a reporter / cameraman from Albert Primetime at Access TV / CTV to do an interview for a mini-documentary he wanted to do about Jessie’s case. We finished the interview in Calgary the following spring, and it aired shortly after that. The name is DOMESTIC HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
In December I was invited to Vancouver as the guest of honour at the Salvation Army’s HOPE IN THE CITY Lunch. I was the HOPE GIVER. To know that out of many, many people, I was chosen as the one who gives so much hope to others is amazing to me.
2011 has been so busy. People want to hear about Jessie’s case and they want to know about her case. And they wanted to know about human trafficking.
In January several things happened. First the TV show MISSING finally aired Jessie’s case. They originally told me they would back in 2007 but nothing ever happened. Then in December I found an old email from the producer and I messaged him back and told him that Jessie is still missing if they still wanted to do a segment about her. He got right back to me and it aired 2 weeks later.
Then CNN’s sister station, HLN’s NANCY GRACE: FIND 50 PEOPLE IN 50 DAYS aired an interview with me about Jessie’s case. Nancy Grace was another program that I had been trying to get to do a show about Jessie since 2007, so I was pretty happy about that.
Then at the end of the month I went to Toronto for the launch of the ALLIANCE AGAINST MODERN SLAVERY
They invited me to be a speaker at the Freedom Benefit Concert the first night and the next day I was a guest speaker and on the panel at the Inaugural Conference. I again met up with MP Joy Smith and got the honour of meeting Jamie MacIntosh, the founder of International Justice Mission Canada.
There were many radio interviews happening at this time too, but the one that I found interesting was when I was in Toronto I got a call at my hotel about an interview for a radio station in Vancouver. The funny thing about it is that Toronto and Vancouver are about 4,200 kilometers or 2,600 miles apart and I live about 350 kilometers or 220 miles from Vancouver - yet they found me in Ontario!
In February, another HLN show, ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL did a Skype interview with me about Jessie’s disappearance right from my kitchen.
February was also a busy month for interviews and school presentations. In March I went to Calgary to present to one of the largest high schools in the city. We also finished the interview for the human trafficking mini-documentary for Alberta Primetime at the presentation.
Then in March we reached the 5 year mark of Jessie’s disappearance. That was not an easy time, but one thing that really made it easier to cope with, was that I was in Ottawa, ON – the capitol of Canada – at a national human trafficking conference hosted by the R.C.M.P. (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and the Ontario Chiefs of Police Association. There were officers and experts from across the country and around the world at this conference. I was honoured to be there representing C.F.H.T. (Canada Fights Human Trafficking) as the BC / Western Canada Honourary Representative. I met a lot of excellent contacts there and I learned a lot, too. Of that I am very grateful. It also showed me how far we had come in the past 5 years – Jessie’s disappearance has changed many things. She would be very proud of what has been done in her name.
In April I was invited to go to a human trafficking forum in Langley. I drove there with Mark Price from the Kamloops and District Crime Stoppers (he is also one of the people I do some of my presentations with). It was very interesting and I got to meet Jamie MacIntosh from
IJM again, who introduced me to

Mark Wollenberg the IJM Regional Representative in Western Canada. Mark and I have met on other occasions, giving talks at RAISE THEIR VOICE in Red Deer, AB, also in April and then again at the FREEDOM REIGNS – INNOCENCE IS NOT FOR SALE benefit concert in May.
CFHT held a national fundraiser walk in April called traffickjam. I was the host for the Kamloops walk. Miss Kamloops, Vanessa Espig joined us. It was Vanessa and her friends who held the FREEDOM REIGNS concert. As a matter of fact, I am meeting with Vanessa tomorrow at our local CHAPTERS bookstore. Vanessa has convinced them to let her / us – set up a table with human trafficking awareness books and talk to people about this issue. I am heading up there with Mark Price from Crime Stoppers. Vanessa said the sweetest thing in a radio interview the other day . . . she said I was one of her role models. I hope I can live up to that!
Later in May I went back to Toronto. I was invited to be a keynote speaker at THE 21st CENTURY MOTHERHOOD MOVEMENT: Mothers Speak Out on Why We Need to Change the World and How To Do It book launch and the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MOTHERHOOD, ACTIVISM, ADVOCACY, AGENCY. I was one of the women who were asked to write a chapter for this book. There are over 80 chapters and each one was written by a different author. Go figure, I autographed some books!!
June has been spent getting ready for some upcoming events, such at IGNITING THE ROAD TO JUSTICE tour in August that Miss Canada, Tara Teng is hosting. I am helping with the Kamloops stop. And the FREETHEM GALA fundraiser that CFHT is hosting in September. I am their guest of honour.
I also want to mention that I have been appointed to the Board of Advisors for the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation. Their goal is to bring human trafficking awareness / education into the schools in the USA, and since this is something I have been doing for several years now, I was so proud and happy for this opportunity.
There have been so many things in the past couple of years, I know I have missed putting many of them here and I apologize for that.
When I re-discovered the two pictures below, and I realized that Jessie did look a lot like me I was thrilled. Jessie has always looks so much like her dad her whole like that no one ever told me she looked like me – until now.
I also have to mention that we are all doing well. We really are. We are strong, healthy and living life to the fullest. We do it for Jessie, but we also do it for each other. Crystal is working hard, but she is like the rest of us, and would rather be living back here, with everyone. Katie and her family are all doing well. We spend a lot of time with JJ, since we are his full-time daycare providers . . . and loving it. Jennee and her family are also doing well. Moving back to Kamloops has been very good for them all, especially Maddie and Ili, since they spend more time with family – especially us!
Thank you all for always being there for Jessie and for us. It means a lot to all of us to have such strong support. I know I would not be where I am today without you all.
Please look for and pray for all missing people and support their families in all ways possible, we need it.
With all my heart and all my love, Glendene and family.
FACEBOOK MissingJessie Foster – http://www.facebook.com/MissingJessieFoster
FACEBOOK MissingJessie Foster-two – http://www.facebook.com/missingjessie.fostertwo
FACEBOOK Glendene Grant – http://www.facebook.com/glendenegrant
TWITTER – http://twitter.com/#!/MissingJessie
MYSPACE - http://www.myspace.com/jessiesmomglendene
~~~~ Missing Jessie Foster ~~~~
c/o Jessie’s mom Glendene Grant
Phone: (250) 374-6137
E-mail: jessiesmom@jessiefoster.ca
E-mail: glendene@shaw.ca
We’re on the Web!
HOMEPAGE: www.jessiefoster.ca
BLOG: www.jessiefoster.blogspot.com
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My friends, I received an update of jessie´s mum glendene:

Ignite the Road to Justice Mission Tour 2011‏

Everyone, I have some exciting news to share with you about what is happening right here in Canada next month and I am so happy to be a part of it.

Miss Canada, Tara Teng, and I met earlier this year in Langley, BC, and now she is planning something huge – Ignite the Road to Justice Mission Tour 2011.

Please help us by passing it on to others to help bring it more attention and if you live in or near any of the stops, tell everyone you know about it:
* your family;
* your friends;
* your co-workers;
* members of your church;
* your local official;
* and your local media.
And please try hard to attend your local event. FIGHT WITH US.


"This August a team of Canadians led by Tara Teng: Miss Canada 2011, Anti-Human Trafficking Activist (WEBSITE:

http://www.misscanadatm.ca /

http://www.misscanadatm.ca/tarat.html) ,

will be on a mission igniting the road to justice. Their purpose is to educate and to stir up participation to end human trafficking. Tara will be joined by Tania Fiolleau: Abolitionist, Author, Former Madam –

(WEBSITE: http://www.savethewomen.ca /


, a worship band led by recording artist Kevin Boese (WEBSITE: http://kevinboese.ionworship.org), and other support human trafficking informants. The team will partner with key organizations in each community holding events that provide opportunities to educate and be a catalyst to stimulate participation to fight human trafficking. Their goal is to ignite a powerful, unified, grassroots movement that speaks up for the oppressed. Come partner with them and let your voice shout for justice all across our great nation of Canada!"

IGNITE THE ROAD TO JUSTICE WEBSITE: http://www.ignitetheroadtojustice.com

IGNITE THE ROAD TO JUSTICE MISSION TOUR 2011 VIDEO: http://vimeo.com/26650619

IGNITE THE ROAD TO JUSTICE FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/groups/123252981098217

Sunday, August 14, 2011 – Monday, September 5, 2011 - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=235722203114270

1) Vancouver on Monday, August 15, 2011 - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149038745170229
Champions for the Vancouver Stop -
Naomi Krueger & Todd Hauptman – CONTACT: naomijkrueger@gmail.com PHONE: 1-778-549-3144

2) Kamloops on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=138039066278008
Champions for the Kamloops Stop -
Glendene Grant – CONTACT: glendene@shaw.ca PHONE: 1-250-374-6137
Josh Claycamp – CONTACT: joshuaclaycamp@gmail.com PHONE: 1-250-828-2512

3) Edmonton on Thursday, August 18, 2011 - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=257506307599199
Champions for the Edmonton Stop -
Callie Cochrane & Charlene Holtby – CONTACT: callandra.cochrane@mytwu.ca PHONE: 1-780-782-6525

4) Calgary on Friday, August 19, 2011 - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=230012453706198
Champion for the Calgary Stop -
Amanda Porter – CONTACT: asp@pobox.com PHONE: 1-403-681-0378

5) Regina on Sunday, August 21, 2011 - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119347474826816
Champion for the Regina Stop - TBA

6) Winnipeg on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=138510029564836
Champion for the Winnipeg Stop -
Gerhard Rattai (Mobilizing Men) – CONTACT: gerhard@g7alliance.com PHONE: 1-204-391-5777

7) Thunder Bay on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=250241964987410
Champion for the Thunder Bay Stop -
Linda Silvestri – CONTACT: questbest_@hotmail.com PHONE: 1-807-935-2183

8) Ottawa on Sunday, August 28 & Monday August 29, 2011 - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123579844400250
Champion for the Ottawa Stop - TBA

9) Ste. Catherines on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=191323254259813
Champion for the Ste. Catherines Stop - TBA

"Igniting a movement
to End
human trafficking and

exploitation in our cities,

our nation and our world.
Fight with us! "

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Post by Pedro Silva on Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:05 am

I got the following message from MP Joy Smith this morning. Professor Benjamin Perrin, author of INVISIBLE CHAINS: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking which includes Jessie's case, mentioned to me there would be some bad news coming out today. I had no idea this was what that bad news was.

Wow, this is horrible. I am speechless, but give me a minute – I will have a LOT TO SAY ABOUT THIS! How can my province, the province of British Columbia, Canada, do this at a time when new laws are on the books; human trafficking victims are being saved and traffickers are going to court & jail; and this crime is in the news over and over every single day?

ATTENTION ALL CANADIANS: Please do as Joy's message below states – QUOTE: "We are asking that if you are an NGO, you considered sending out a press release highlighting the importance of government funded offices such as the B.C. OCTIP offices and the services they provide to victims and communities. If you are an individual, please consider writing a polite letter or email to the B.C. Attorney General asking for the funding for the B.C. OCTIP offices to be re-established. Please don’t hesitate to forward this on to your networks and contacts."

Thank you everyone, for your help. Sincerely, Glendene Grant . . . mother of Jessie Foster, Canada's most well-known case of human trafficking.

From: joy.smith.a2@parl.gc.ca
Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2011 6:16 AM
Subject: News Release - Experts Slam B.C. Government Cuts to Human Trafficking Office

Dear friends,

This morning, Benjamin Perrin and I have distributed the following press release about the cuts to the B.C. Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP). This invaluable anti-trafficking resource is facing significant cuts to its programs and offices.

We are asking that if you are an NGO, you considered sending out a press release highlighting the importance of government funded offices such as the B.C. OCTIP offices and the services they provide to victims and communities. If you are an individual, please consider writing a polite letter or email to the B.C. Attorney General asking for the funding for the B.C. OCTIP offices to be re-established. Please don’t hesitate to forward this on to your networks and contacts.

Thank you for your support and assistance. We must ensure that resources like the B.C. OCTIP offices continue to be available for trafficking victims and the public.


Joy Smith, MP
Kildonan - St. Paul


August 2, 2011

News Release

Experts Slam B.C. Government Cuts to Human Trafficking Office


VANCOUVER, BC – Canada’s leading experts on human trafficking are slamming the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General for quietly slashing the B.C. Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP) just before the B.C. Day August long-weekend.

The B.C. government quietly eliminated the position of Executive Director of OCTIP, whose last day of work was June 29th, and is declining to hire staff to cover those on maternity leave – effectively shuttering the main office of OCTIP in Victoria. The move leaves OCTIP with only two full-time employees in Vancouver and a meager budget of approximately $300,000. No reasons for the drastic cuts have been given.

B.C. is recognized as a source, destination, and transit province for sex trafficking and forced labour trafficking. Since 2007, OCTIP has coordinated critical assistance to over 100 trafficked persons in the province. The victims include foreign nationals as well as Canadian citizens. OCTIP runs a 24/7 victims support hotline, coordinates victim services, trains front-line responders, and raises public awareness about the crime. The future of these life-saving programs is in doubt.

“Gutting the B.C. Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons without any consultation is not only irresponsible, it’s reckless,” said Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, whose private member’s bill amended the Criminal Code to prosecute child traffickers. “Victims of this heinous crime will suffer because of this short-sighted decision, while traffickers will benefit.”

“We’re calling on Shirley Bond, B.C.’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, to not only restore OCTIP, but also to redouble the province’s efforts to combat human trafficking,” said University of British Columbia Law Professor Benjamin Perrin, author of Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking, and recipient of the 2009 U.S.. Department of State “hero” award for fighting human trafficking.

“Police and non-governmental organizations combatting human trafficking need further support from the province,” said Professor Perrin, citing recent examples of other provinces stepping up with such support.

The drastic cuts to OCTIP come at a time when other governments are taking greater action against the crime of human trafficking. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has recently promised a National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, backed with $20 million, beginning in 2012. Other provinces including Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario have launched major initiatives to crack down on the brutal crime.

As of June 2011, the RCMP Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre (HTNCC) reports that 74 traffickers are currently being prosecuted across Canada for exploiting a total of 141 victims (17 of them are child victims). Most recently, in B.C. charges were laid in two separate human trafficking cases involving allegations of domestic servitude.

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For more information, contact:

Prof. Benjamin Perrin
Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia
Mobile: (778) 928-9327
Email: perrin@law.ubc.ca

Joel Oosterman, Chief of Staff
Office of Joy Smith, MP
Phone: (613) 220-6795
Email: joy.smith.a2@parl.gc.ca

More information on BC’s OCTIP is available at:


Shirley Bond, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, leads the Ministry that created OCTIP in 2007 and then drastically cut OCTIP last week. Just weeks ago, on June 22nd, however, Bond made the following statement to announce a major online training course launched by OCTIP, with funding from the federal government:

“Human trafficking is unacceptable, and this is the reason the B.C. government created the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons,” said Shirley Bond, B.C.’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “Since we established the B.C.. office in 2007, we’ve made it a priority to develop partnerships with all levels of government, First Nations, police, and other community organizations to fight this terrible crime.”

Source: http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2011PSSG0080-000759.htm

Minister Bond’s public commitment less than six weeks ago to make the fight against human trafficking a priority is at odds with her Ministry’s decision to slash OCTIP.

Contact information for Minister Bond:

The Hon. Shirley Bond
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Government of British Columbia
Phone: (250) 356-7717
E-mail: shirley.bond.mla@leg.bc.ca

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Post by Pedro Silva on Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:22 am

My friends, an update from Jessie´s mum Glendene:

Ignite the Road to Justice Tour about to begin / Media links RE: cuts to OCTIP office‏

The IGNITE THE ROAD TO JUSTICE TOUR is beginning August 15th in Vancouver, British Columbia, and running until September 4 in Toronto, Ontario (EVENTS).

FEATURING: Tara Teng, Miss British Columbia 2010 & Miss Canada 2011; Tania Fiolleau, Abolitionist, Author & Former Madam; and Kevin Boese & Band.

I am hoping that everyone who is anywhere near the scheduled stops, please do their best to attend the events that are being hosted there.

The Kamloops stop is on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.

If you are with the media, please help us get the word out to Kamloops & area – posters are attached.

If you are with a church or an organization and you would like to set up a table or booth, please contact me, Glendene Grant at either glendene@shaw.ca or jessiesmom@jessiefoster.ca / call 250-374-6137, or Pastor Joshua Claycamp with The Bridge Baptist Church at joshuaclaycamp@gmail.com / call 250-828-2512.

There are two events scheduled in Kamloops:

- the 1st is at the Bandshell at Riverside Park: 100 Lorne Street – from 2pm to 3pm

- the 2nd is at the Calvary Community Church: 1205 Rogers Way – from 7pm to 9pm

EVERYONE – Please do your best to show your support and attend

Yesterday, (Monday, August 8th) on CIVL radio – THE WAY I SEE IT with Justin Goodrich – Tara Teng, Tania Fiolleau and I were interviewed on the subject of human trafficking awareness and the IGNITE THE ROAD TO JUSTICE TOUR. I also got the chance to talk about Jessie’s case. (listen to interview here)

Thank you, Glendene.
I got a message in the last weekend of July from
Benjamin Perrin telling me that there was an unsettling news release coming out on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. And unsettling it was.

The OCTIP (Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons) was all but shutting down. The let the executive director go – they did not replace staff on leave or holidays – their budget was slashed from $500,000 to $200,000 – they closed the Vancouver office, leaving the Victoria office open with 2 staff members. Now keep in mind, since the OCTIP opened their doors in 2007 they have helped over 100 human trafficking victims – and now they are expected to continue doing so with less than half the annual budget and a fraction of the staff!

I have had several news agencies contact me about my opinion on this issues.
Victoria Times Colonist: Missing Kamloops woman's mother 'heartbroken' over funding cuts to trafficking office by Kate DeRosa -


(was also posted in the) Vancouver Sun: Missing Kamloops woman's mother 'heartbroken' over funding cuts to trafficking office by Kate DeRosa -


Kamloops This Week: Trafficking cuts decried by Jeremy Deutsch - http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_thompson_nicola/kamloopsthisweek/news/126774903.html

Vancouver Metro: B.C. shrinks anti-human trafficking office by Tamsyn Burgmann:


National Post: Human traffickers took my daughter (letter to editor in regard to Barbara Kay’s article, posted below) by Glendene Grant: http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Human+traffickers+took+daughter/5208765/story.html

National Post: An affliction, not a profession by Barbara Kay: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/affliction+profession/5196241/story.html

OTHER ARTICLES of INTEREST – REGARDING RYGA AWARD, which includes Professor Benjamin Perrin’s book, INVISIBLE CHAINS (including Jessie’s case)

Kamloops This Week (Ben's book): Local authors up for Ryga award by Staff - http://www.bclocalnews.com/entertainment/126774803.html

Kamloops Daily News (Ben's book): Paul Lake author nominated for Ryga Award by Staff -

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Post by Pedro Silva on Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:34 am

I mentioned a radio show I was on Monday, August 8th, 2011 – with Miss Canada, Tara Teng and Tania Fiolleau. One thing that I noticed as Justin Goodrich was interviewing me, was that he seemed genuinely touched by Jessie’s story. I got a message from Tara today in which she included a message from Justin – and I want to share a portion of it with you, so you can perhaps understand the scope of love that I get for Jessie and for me, from so many people. I know that my sharing Jessie with the world has allowed them to get to know her and many people tell me that Jessie is like their daughter, or their sister or their friend and that they love Jessie and think about her every day and pray for her every day – so many people . . . every day . It just means so much to me, and I am just so proud of that.

Quote from JUSTIN GOODRICH from CIVL radio: “I will never forget today for as long as I live.”

Also, I got the following email message today, from a producer with The Maury (Povich) Show – I replied and sent her my phone number. She called me right away, and we talked for over half an hour. I told her that Jessie’s case was mentioned on a missing person’s show back on October 11, 2006 – but it was not done as a segment, just a poster before a commercial. She got the name of the producer from me from back then, and will be calling me back by the end of the week:

“Hi -

My name is Nicole Bader and I'm a Producer for NBC Universal's The Maury Show in Connecticut. Recently, I came across Jessie's story online.

I am in the process of putting together a missing persons show which will profile families of missing children. I wanted to see if you would be interested in coming to the show and telling your story. As you already know, the more exposure Jessie gets through the media the better. Jessie disappeared in 2006 and the only way to keep her story alive and to keep people informed is to talk about it.

Our show is nationally syndicated throughout the United States and in some areas of Canada. I would love to speak to you to discuss the show and our ultimate goals we hope to accomplished by working with families of missing children. Please contact me at your earliest convenience. I would love to see if I could help in any way in ultimately bringing Jessie home.

I am available on my office or cell phone 24/7. I look forward to talking with you as soon as possible.

Thank you, Nicole Bader.”

THEN, I got an email from Lynda Cavanaugh, whose work is involved with OCTIP (Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons) in response to my email I sent her. I sent her my phone number and we talked for about 20 minutes this afternoon. She is going to email me about our conversation, as she would like to get some information out to the public regarding the changes to OCTIP.

“Glendene, thank you for your email to me.

I would value the opportunity to speak directly with you about the changes to the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Are you available to discuss sometime this week?

Lynda Cavanaugh

Assistant Deputy Minister

Community Safety and Crime Prevention

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General”

As you all know, these are the types of things that are important in my fight to keep Jessie’s case in the news; and in our fight against human trafficking. I actually feel that Lynda is really interested in fighting human trafficking. And that is something that we need here in BC, a government official who is genuinely interested in stopping this horrible crime that has changed the lives of so many families, including my own. You will be hearing from me again soon with more info on this.

Thanks everyone – Glendene.

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For Immediate Release

Gina for Missing Persons FOUNDation Launches

The Squeaky Wheel® ‘Canada’ Tour October 17 to November 4, 2011


Los Angeles, CA (August 2011) and Toronto, On: GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation aims to branch into Canada in the fall of 2011. This acclaimed concert series raises awareness for those who go missing every year. Bands choose to announce during part or parts of their concert missing people who have gone missing in the areas where the group is performing or raise awareness of the large numbers of missing people, particularly women, in Canada and worldwide.

This event will draw attention to several hundred missing people, many of whom will be profiled by artists participating in concerts throughout the United States and other countries. This global community effort is supported by the families of the missing and non profits, including The Elizabeth Smart Foundation, The Surviving Parents Coalition, M.A.T.H. – Mothers Against Human Trafficking, Tommy Foundation, In Hope, Project Jason, Team Hope, The Nevada Child Seekers and the Morgan Nick Foundation.

Jannel Rap (Singer/songwriter and founder of Squeaky Wheel Tour®) has intimate knowledge of the missing. Her sister, musician Gina Bos, disappeared on October 17, 2000. Jannel's heartache over the unknown status of her sister became a fight to gain attention for all missing and an avenue to bring hope to their families. 800,000 missing person's reports are made every year in the United States and thousands more in Canada. More than a hundred thousand of these cases go unsolved. The majority of families face the same dilemma that Jannel encountered when Gina went missing: when their loved ones simply vanish with no lurid or dramatic story, they garner no media attention. Rap felt that she had to do something to change this and she brought the concept of the Squeaky Wheel Tour® to life.

Currently, a team of Canadians working alongside Rap aim to bring Squeaky Wheel® to Canada. Those participating in Squeaky Wheel Tour® events earmark their concerts to events to profile a missing person(s) in their community. They profile that missing person during their show and ask attendees to take a flyer to post throughout their community. To date, over 1,000 missing people profiled by GINA have been FOUND. A daily updated list of events, locations, dates and most importantly, the missing to be profiled may be found at www.411Gina.org/squeakywheeltour.htm.

Canada, in particular, has a large number of missing aboriginal women. Many of these women's cases go largely un-investigated. These women, sadly, are presumed dead, abducted off of highways, on their way from school and off their reserves. Canada is also a transit and source destination for women, girls and boys kidnapped or lured into sex and human trafficking rings. They are hidden away in apartments and basements, abused, tortured and then smuggled into the United States or other parts of the world.

Canada's most vulnerable citizens due to poverty, race, religion or sexual preference are at the greatest risk of exploitation and becoming a sad statistic that most of mainstream society refuses to acknowledge. But they are not alone. Anyone could fall prey and just disappear. It is time Canadian musicians and artists of all sorts unite to bring awareness of Canada's underground of missing people and worldwide, in which the United Nations estimates that 300 million women and girls have disappeared.

Please do your part. When you perform, pick a person to profile, or pick an issue like human trafficking, Canada's missing aboriginal women to raise awareness of … or do both. Then ask the audience to care by getting involved in the search for a missing person, lobbying MPs and provincial politicians to better protect the most vulnerable by establishing a national registry on missing people or simply just looking out for their neighbour.

Mother Teresa once said, If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to one another. The missing need your voice to unite with other national and international artists.

For more information and / or to become a GINA artist please contact:

Glendene Grant: Founder, M.A.T.H. - Mothers Against Trafficking Humans — 1-250-374-6137 / glendene@shaw.ca

Jannel Rap: Founder, Gina/Squeaky Wheel Tour — 1-714-829-4545 / Clemstreet@aol.com

Susan McClelland: 1-416-465-8824 / susanmcclelland@bell.net

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Post by Pedro Silva on Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:44 pm

I want to see if there are any bands out there who want to be part of the Squeaky Wheel Tour 2011 (http://www.411gina.org/squeakywheeltour.htm), which runs from October 17 to November 4, and is including Canada for the 1st time this year. The SWT being held simultaneously around the world – but it originally started in the USA to bring more awareness to missing person's cases.

All we need are bands who are already booked, or will be playing at a venue during the tour dates who are willing to put up posters of any missing person(s) in the area they are playing. We will make up posters that can be printed and handed out. Please see the document I have attached for more information.

It was started several years ago by Jannel Rap (http://www.jannelrap.com/), a musician who has a missing loved one. Her sister, Gina Bos, went missing on October 17, 2000 – almost 11 years ago – in Lincoln, Nebraska after finishing a gig at a local pub. No one knows what happened to her. She left the building and has not been seen since. In the morning, her car was still parked in the same place and her guitar was in the trunk, which was left open.

After not getting much help from the media in bringing attention to the public about Gina's case, her family decided that they had to do it, because if they didn't, no one would.

Unfortunately, this is the case with most missing people. We hear about some in the news – over and over and over again, but there are SO MANY other that never get the attention they deserve. I don't know why, though some people say (obviously) that the finances and social status of the family play some part in it – and everyone always points out that the ones in the news a lot are 'beautiful' . . . and that really bugs the heck out of me.

SOCIAL STATUS; MONEY; LOOKS!! Can you believe that even plays part with missing folks . . . not just in Hollywood and on MTV???

So, GINA for Missing Persons (http://www.411gina.org/) started – and so did the Squeaky Wheel Tour!

The reason I am involved in the tour is not because I have any musical talent or connections – it is because, sadly, my daughter, Jessie Foster (http://www.jessiefoster.ca/) is one of the missing. She has been missing for over 5 years. Jessie is an international endangered missing woman and the victim of the horrific crime of human trafficking. When Jessie was in grade 11 in Calgary, AB, she met someone who over the years 'groomed' her – and when she was 20 years old and back here in Kamloops, BC, he lured her to the USA. He did it like you would see in the movies – he took her on a 'trip' to Ft. Lauderdale & The Keys. FL . . . then another 'trip' to Manhattan, NY and Atlantic City, NJ, but instead of bringing her home after, she was taken to Las Vegas, NV. It was 14 days – exactly 2 weeks – before her 21st birthday, meaning she would then be of legal age there.

Oh, and just so you know . . . Ft. Lauderdale, Manhattan, Atlantic City and Las Vegas are 4 of the main hubs for human trafficking in the USA.

Jessie was kept in Las Vegas for over 10 months, with just one trip home during that time. That ended with her telling us on Christmas Day 2005 that she had to go back to Las Vegas, which surprised us, since she had been fighting with her 'so-called' fiancé on the phone, the entire time she was back home. This is part of what proved to us the amount of brainwashing and threatening that happened to Jessie. After she disappeared we hired a private investigator who discovered some horrible things right away. Jessie has been beaten & hospitalized and forced to work for an escort agency & arrested for solicitation while she was in Las Vegas. We have had many people working Jessie's case, but we have not been able to find her.

I am attaching the press release from earlier this month. Please forward it to others – bands, managers, etc – that you think may be interested in helping. We appreciate anything that can be done to help us raise awareness to the missing.

Please do not hesitate to ask for more information on anything. Sincerely, Glendene Grant.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:43 am

Drawing of bird on a stump by an artist named Donald Kitt‏

Okay, I still have tears in my eyes before even starting this message, so I am pretty sure this will be something I will be crying through as I write it, but they are good tears . . . touching tears.
They are tears I shed as I realize yet again, that many good things have happened since Jessie has been missing - and some of the good things have even happened because of her disappearance.
Strange, isn't it? But it let's me know how much Jessie has helped others, even saved others and I am very proud of her. Jessie is a very strong young woman and I pray we find her one day.
If Jessie is not alive, we still need to find her just as desperately.

Anyways, this is my story:
The picture I have attached is of a pencil drawing of a bird on a stump that Jessie won at a Blazer Hockey Game here in Kamloops many years ago (probably grade 8 or so). It was drawn by an artist named Donald Kitt.
When Jessie brought that drawing home and showed us, her stepdad Jim instantly fell in love with it. As soon as she saw how much he liked it, Jessie gave it to him. Jim has treasured it for probably, about 14 or 15 years, but it took on even more meaning after Jessie went missing. It means the world to us, but it is a treasure to Jim.
Jim has talked about finding out more about the artist for a long time, and yesterday got out the magnifying glass to ensure we had the name spelt right and then we Googled him. There were a few different links that came up, we checked them out, but none seemed to fit.
Then we found the link to Wildwood Creations (http://wildwoodcreations.ca/) and an artist named Don Kitt. We were pretty sure it was him we we saw this sentence: "His trips often took him to BC and at the age of twenty he made BC his permanent home moving to Kamloops soon after". Then I read he did "pen and ink drawings" and that he had a fascination with "animals and the outdoors" I was convinced.

So, I emailed him the following message from that website:
Your sculptures, carvings and walking sticks are all so beautiful. They are just amazing.
Many yeas ago my daughter Jessie Foster won a beautiful drawing in pencil of a bird on a tree stump at a Blazers hockey game. The name of the artist is Donald Kitt and we were wondering if that was you.
My husband Jim, is Jessie's stepdad and she gave him that picture when she saw how much he loved it and he treasures it to this day.
You see, Jessie has been missing for 5 & 1/2 years. She was taken to the USA from Canada and forced into the sex trade. When she tried to come home she vanished. We hired a PI who found out a lot of things - not very good things - about what had been happening to Jessie in Las Vegas.
For more information, please Google Jessie Foster.

Thank you for your time, I just wanted to tell you how much your drawing means to us. Sincerely, Jessie's mom Glendene Grant.
Imagine my surprise when I checked my email this morning and there was a reply from him so beautiful, I know I will never forget the moment I read it.
This was his reply:
Thank you for your email regarding the drawing of the bird on a stump. Yes I am the same Don Kitt who drew that picture many years ago. Your message means a lot to me coming when it did. My health has been an issue over the last year and I received your email less than a day after coming out of surgery. My artwork has taken a back seat to my family and my health making me seriously question why I should bother continuing at it. You have reminded me of why. I have not measured my success in terms of money with my art as it seems to have eluded me thus far but I have been blessed with a richness in seeing and hearing of the joy my art brings to others. The shows I have done have filled me with passion by watching the people and the hearing of the memories and excitement the art brings them. I love the conversations and listening to each story of the how, where and when that the pieces bring out. Each is different and yet each fills me in a way nothing else ever has.
I have followed the Jessie Foster story very closely over the years. It has special meaning to me as I have four grown daughters and remember the worry and fears especially for one of them. I spent far too many nights driving around looking for her and praying all was safe; trying to pick up the pieces when I could and let her know we were always there for her. Luckily things changed and I can almost breathe a sigh of relief with only my free spirited youngest daughter feeding my fears at this time. I have only imagined and hope I never have to go through your ordeal. My heart and prayers are with you, Jim and Jessie as always.
Again I thank you. Your message is an incredible gift at the perfect time. Yours truly, Don Kitt.
How amazing that we look at his drawing every day and he has thought of Jessie to many times. I know that this is something I will never, ever forget.
I messaged him right back:
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for getting back to me, Don. As much as our message meant to you, yours means to us. I am attaching a picture of your/our drawing.
After reading your message, I prayed for you and I will continue to pray for you for a full recovery.
I am very happy to hear that things are good with your daughter. I am not sure if Jessie's case helped influence her choices, but I know it happened with others, and it brings such a good feeling to my heart to know it. No matter how we are able to save our children, it is such a blessing.
I had some troubles with my oldest and my youngest as they were growing up, but my 2 middle girls, including Jessie, were so easy to raise I was very lucky. They never got in trouble and that was part of the huge surprise and horror about Jessie's disappearance is she was always such a good girl.
Of course I don't know about Jessie, but my other 3 daughters are very healthy, happy young women 2 of them are now mothers themselves and they are doing well . . . thank God.
I am very happy to hear you know of Jessie and have followed her case. It also means a lot to me as you did not even know how much we admired your drawing. It is something we look at every single day it is in our bedroom. To us, it is part of Jessie.
It pleases me to know that in her way, Jessie will help you to continue your work. That amazes me but knowing my girl, it does not surprise me that she has inspire others to do things and it continues over 5 years after her disappearance.
I hope you will keep in touch, and I will, if you are okay with it, keep you informed on updates to Jessie's case.
I also want to know if you mind if I share this story about us emailing you, and your message back to us. I have a lot of people who read about things that have happened in our lives since Jessie went missing, and this is a very touching one that others will also love to read.
It is partially my blogging helps me keep my head on straight. That and knowing that my human trafficking awareness has helped many people. Those are some of my coping mechanisms for dealing with having a missing child. No one can understand how I can go on as I do and I always tell them it is because of the tremendous amount of support I get from so many people around the world. It truly helps me go on each day.
I also understood and accepted a long time ago that I am not the only one living this nightmare and I have never lived as if I was. There are far too many missing people in the world, even in our city and there is no justice for them, so we need to try to get it for them. We need to try to get justice for all the victims and their loved ones of unsolved crimes so they can try to carry on with their lives as best as they possibly can.
Sorry for going on and on that is something I seem to do often. Take care, Don . . . sincerely, Glendene.
And he replied back to me:
Hi Glendene,
Please feel free to share this story and when I am feeling a little better I will check it out.
Also do not worry that you were going on and on, as it sounds like it is an important part of your healing. I have given up on trying to understand the how and why everything works in life and am slowly learning that I cannot control my world as I know it.
Things have led you to this place and it seems you have a purpose in life to make others aware of Jessie and human trafficking.
There are many people who know of the wrongs of the world but too few with the courage to speak up about them.
Thank you, Don.
My message back:
Again, thank you Don. Please know I am still praying for you, and I know that many, many others are and will be praying for you too.
You are so right, my friend. It is part of my healing. I have found that my healing is ongoing. I continue to heal all these years, but I am not healed completely, as it does not take much to be a raw wound again. But you know, somehow that is okay because I know that Jessie went through so much worse than that.
So, I have learned to live this way, even though I don't know how I managed – other than for the sake of my other 3 daughters and my 3 grandchildren that have been born since Jessie's disappearance. They are like little bits of medicine for me – they have helped me so much.
I am also staying sane for Jessie. I know that if/when she does come home, she will need me to be there for her, and to do that, I have to be healthy. Many things that I do, I do for Jessie, as she is not here to do it herself. Jessie is the one who has inspired me to bring attention to others about this crime and the types of people that are out there – but I also want others to enjoy their life and not be afraid to live it – but just to be careful as they do.
Again, Don – thank you. Please keep in touch. Sincerely, Glendene.
So, isn't that an amazing story? And since he agreed to allow me to share, I have.

Thanks for reading . . . Glendene.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:49 am

New Private Members Bill - Trafficking in Persons Amendment‏
Below is an email from Member of Canadian Parliament, Joy Smith (http://joysmith.ca/) that I am so pleased to share with you all.

Previously, MP Smith has brought a new law to Canada through her Bill C-268 (http://tinyurl.com/MPJSBillC268), so I have no doubt that her new Private Members' Bill will further amend our laws . . . and again, change Canadian history.

You see, it was said over and over that Joy's Bill C-268 had a "snowball's chance in hell" of passing into law, but it did. It was only "the 15th time a private member's bill containing Criminal Code amendments to ever be passed by Parliament and the 5th such bill to be passed in the last decade, according to Smith's office." So that tells me that she can do anything!

From the Office of Joy Smith, M.P. Kildonan-St. Paul (June 17, 2010) NEWS RELEASE: Child Trafficking Bill Overcomes Final Hurdle to Become Law (http://url2it.com/iask):

Today, the Senate of Canada adopted at Third Reading Bill C-268, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum sentence for offences involving trafficking of persons under the age of eighteen years). The legislation will now be sent to the Governor General of Canada for Royal Assent. (WHICH HAS SINCE BEEN DONE)

Bill C-268 (has) amend(ed) Canada’s Criminal Code to introduce a new human trafficking offence specifically addressing child traffickers. The new law will provide a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment for anyone convicted of trafficking a minor in Canada and a minimum of six years imprisonment for cases with aggravating factors.
October 3, 2011

Dear friends,

Today, I will be introducing a Private Members’ Bill that would amend the Criminal Code of Canada to make two important changes regarding human trafficking.

Extraterritorial Offence
First, my Private Members’ Bill will amend the Criminal Code to add the current trafficking in persons offences [s.279.01 and s.279.011] to the list of offences which, if committed outside Canada by a Canadian or permanent resident, could be prosecuted in Canada. The current list of extraterritorial offences includes serious crimes such as child sexual exploitation, hostage taking and terrorism.

Human trafficking is an egregious crime that is often carried out across international borders. While Canada has adopted stiff penalties for criminals who traffic victims into, through, and from Canada, it is important that we also take responsibility for Canadians who traffic or enslave vulnerable populations in other countries. This amendment will also compliment steps being taken by other countries.

Enhancing Definition of Exploitation
The second amendment will enhance the current definition of exploitation in the trafficking in persons offence [s.279.04 of the Criminal Code]. Currently the definition does not provide specific examples of exploitive conduct. My amendment will add an evidentiary aid for the Court to provide clear examples of exploitation such as the use of threats, violence, coercion, and fraudulent means. Examples of similar evidentiary aids can be found in s.153 (1.2) and s.467.11 (3) of the Criminal Code.
This amendment has stemmed from my consultations with law enforcement, lawyers, and prosecutors who have faced challenges demonstrating exploitation in trafficking in persons cases under the current definition.

Bipartisan Efforts
I am proud that our Parliament has worked in a bipartisan manner in the past to combat trafficking in persons. In 2005, the Honourable Irwin Cotler successfully introduced Canada’s first human trafficking offences to the Criminal Code. Our current government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has developed temporary resident permits for victims of human trafficking and has committed to developing a National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. Further, in 2009, a significant majority of MPs from the Conservative, Liberal and NDP parties supported my Private Members’ Bill C-268 which created the offence of child trafficking.

Today, I bring forward another important step in the fight against this modern day slavery. It is my sincere hope you will join me in supporting these amendments to the Criminal Code.

Should you have any questions or concerns about my Bill, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Joy Smith, MP
Kildonan – St. Paul

For immediate release
October 3, 2011

News Release

MP Joy Smith Proposes Criminal Code Amendments to Enhance Canada’s Trafficking In Persons Offences

Ottawa, ON: Today, Conservative Member of Parliament Joy Smith will introduce a Private Members’ Bill to make two important amendments that will help combat modern day slavery in Canada and abroad.

The Private Members’ Bill, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons), will amend the current trafficking in persons offence by providing an evidentiary aid to courts that enhances the definition of exploitation.

“Currently, the definition of exploitation in the human trafficking offence does not provide specific examples of exploitive conduct. As I spoke to prosecutors and law enforcement across Canada, I began to hear of the challenges this presented,” said MP Joy Smith. “My amendment will add an evidentiary aid for the Court to provide clear examples of exploitation such as the use of threats, violence, coercion, and fraudulent means.”

Secondly, the Bill will amend the Criminal Code to enable Canadian human traffickers to be prosecuted in Canada when the offence occurs outside of Canada.

“Human trafficking is an egregious crime that is often carried out across international borders,” said MP Joy Smith. “While Canada has adopted stiff penalties for criminals who traffic victims into, through, and from Canada, it is important that we also prosecute Canadians who traffic or enslave vulnerable populations in other countries.”

MP Smith’s Private Members’ Bill has already received strong support from Canadian human trafficking experts, survivors and non-governmental organizations:

Prof. Benjamin Perrin, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, and author of Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking (Penguin, 2011)
“Human traffickers have evaded prosecution for their heinous crimes, in part, because Canada’s criminal laws are not explicit enough to clearly encompass the range of tactics employed by these serial exploiters. Member of Parliament Joy Smith is again responding to concerns by police and victims’ groups in seeking to amend our human trafficking laws to hold traffickers accountable and protect victims. I call on all Parliamentarians to support this initiative.”

Jamie McIntosh, Executive Director, International Justice Mission Canada
“The crime of human trafficking often transgresses international boundaries, with vulnerable men, women, and children subject to its devastating reach. Human traffickers, including those of Canadian nationality, will persist in their illicit trade if they believe their crimes will go unpunished. Extending authority to prosecute Canadians for human trafficking crimes committed abroad is an important step in the global fight against human trafficking. As a nation, we must commit to prosecuting Canadian nationals who commit these crimes, regardless of geographical location at the time of offence.”

Timea Nagy, Program Director, Walk With Me
“As an internationally trafficked survivor, who has been working with Canadian law enforcement to help human trafficking victims, I am absolutely thrilled to see this legislation presented by Mrs. Smith. It is clear, that Mrs. Smith has consulted professionals, experts from the field, and listened. This Bill will help Canadian law enforcement and prosecutors to be able to do their job and send a message to traffickers around the world, that Canada does not tolerate this crime against human dignity.”

K. Brian McConaghy, Founding Director, Ratanak International
“It is imperative that Canada continues to maintain and enhance a position of strength combating modern day slavery both domestic and international. It is a given that we must protect those weak among us who are at risk of being trafficked. It is no less important that we protect those in other countries from Canadian predators who would traffic in human lives. Such Canadians must be held fully accountable for their actions. This amendment, conforming to international legal norms, positions Canada to do just that and as such is to be commended.”

Shae Invidiata, Founder, [free-them]
“In conjunction with The Act and The Purpose, The United Nations deems a case to be human trafficking if ‘threatened of’ or ‘use of violence, force, coercions, fraudulent misrepresentation or fraudulent means’ is used. Without any hesitation these methods constitute exploitation and, in supporting Mrs. Smith’s Private Members Bill, should be amended into the Criminal Code of Canada.”

Prior to presenting her Private Members’ Bill today, MP Joy Smith will be recognized for her anti-human trafficking efforts. UN Women Canada National Committee will be honouring her at a special luncheon with the UN Women Canada 2011 Recognition of Achievements Award.

MP Joy Smith has placed fourth on the Order of Precedence for Private Members’ Business. The Order of Precedence consists of the items of Private Members’ Business that are scheduled for debate in the House and is chosen randomly at the beginning of each Parliament. In 2009, MP Joy Smith placed third on the Order of Precedence and brought forward Bill C-268. This legislation successfully passed into law creating Canada’s first child trafficking offence with mandatory minimum sentences.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:00 am

November 21, 2011 – To my friends and Jessie supporters . . .

I am doing something new. I have recently begun my own BlogTalk radio show on the Dreamcatchers for Abused Children network and I love it.

My show is simply called Glendene Grant | M.A.T.H. (Mothers Against Trafficking Humans). Perhaps it will help M.A.T.H. become a reality.

Every week my hourly shows will just be another way for me to bring awareness and education to the horrific crime of human trafficking.

I plan on having guests, but I really prefer to start off with a few shows of people calling in with questions and me giving information.

I hope to reach many listeners and I also hope that a lot of people will call in with questions or other info they would like to share.

And I especially hope that victims of this crime and their loved ones will know that they are not alone – they have others who share their pain and suffer as they do . . . but they don't need to continue to suffer, they don't have to be victims – they can become survivors.

* LINK TO LAST WEEK'S SHOW – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2011/11/16/glendene-granthuman-trafficking.

* LINK TO TOMORROW'S SHOW – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2011/11/23/glendene-granthuman-trafficking.

* LINK TO DREAMCATCHERS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN MAIN PAGE – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers.

You can tune in tomorrow (*AND EVERY TUESDAY*) November 22, 2011 at (*SEE TIMES BELOW*) for my 2nd show:

PACIFIC TIME ZONE: 5:30pm to 6:30pm

MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

CENTRAL TIME ZONE: 7:30pm to 8:30pm

EASTERN TIME ZONE: 8:30pm to 9:30pm

ATLANTIC TIME ZONE: 9:30pm to 10:30pm

NEWFOUNDLAND TIME: 11:00pm to 12:00pm

CALL-IN NUMBER – 917-932-1132

NOTE: All shows are available for listening & downloading in archives

As always, thank you all for your love, support & prayers for Jessie. I know I would not have the strength to carry on with everything I do in Jessie's name if not for you. Sincerely, Jessie's mom Glendene.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:14 am

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011 – from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Eastern Time

NOTE: The time noted is for the Eastern Time Zone. I am in the Pacific Time Zone, but that is not how BlogTalk Radio sets the times

It will be on from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Pacific Time
It will be on from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Mountain Time
It will be on from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm Central Time
It will be on from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm Eastern Time
It will be on from 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm Atlantic Time
It will be on from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm Newfoundland Time


Most of you know that I am the mother of Jessie Foster - an international endangered missing woman and the victim of human trafficking.

I have been hosting my own BlogTalk Radio show, Glendene Grant | MATH (Mothers Against Trafficking Humans) - with the Dreamcatchers network - [http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers], and I am very grateful to them for giving me this opportunity.

My 3rd show is coming up this Tuesday (November 29, 2011), here is the link [http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2011/11/30/glendene-grant-human-trafficking]. For the first 2 shows it was just me talking about Jessie's disappearance and what I have been doing since she went missing on March 29, 2006 and this week I will be having my first guest - GLADYS RADEK, the Co-Founder of the Walk4Justice. Gladys is like a sister to me, and I am very happy she will be joining me.


BIO: Gladys Radek is a proud grandmother of 5. She is originally from the Gitxsan Wet su wit en’ territory in northern British Columbia and resides in Vancouver, BC. Gladys graduated from the Native Education Center in 1999 with a 3.84 GPA. Shortly after her graduation her road to activism began. It started out with launching a precedent setting human rights case against a major mall in Vancouver and its security. International Village or Tinseltown Mall’s Securi-guard company were systemically removing the vulnerable, poor, disabled and First Nations people out of this mall over a period of time. She succeeded in changing the policy for security guards throughout the province to implement a human rights module in the training packages before they become security guards. She also set a precedent for highest payout for injury to dignity at $15,000.00, in July 2005.

Shortly after this a tragedy happened, her niece, Tamara Lynn Chipman, a young mother of one, disappeared out of Prince Rupert, BC. Gladys launched public awareness by collecting data from other family members who have lost their loved ones. She co-founded the Walk4Justice in 2008. The W4J is a grassroots organization with many volunteers and it relies on donations to raise awareness nationwide. W4J brings forward the issues surrounding the far too many missing and murdered women - issues like poverty, homelessness, addictions, prostitution and most of all domestic violence. So far W4J has completed four walks and prior to that she did the Highway of Tears Walk (2006): the first was from Vancouver, BC to Ottawa, Ontario (2008); the second walk was from Vancouver, BC to Prince Rupert, BC (2009); the third was from Kamloops, BC to Winnipeg, Manitoba (2010) and the fourth was again, from Vancouver, BC to Ottawa, Ontario (2011). One of W4J’s successes is bringing so much attention to the issues of missing and murdered women in BC that the BC government launched a public inquiry into the missing and murdered women from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and the Highway of Tears in northern BC. W4J has succeeded in carrying the voices of the families towards justice.

Recently, Gladys made it to the top ten for the Champions of Change, a contest to honour volunteerism in Canada on CBC TV, January 2011. She won $10,000.00 that went towards the W4J’s fourth walk from Vancouver, BC to Ottawa, Ontario in the summer of 2011. Their message was to launch a national public inquiry and also a National Missing and Murdered women’s Symposium for 2011 in Vancouver, BC. W4J believes that a National Missing and Murdered Women’s Public Inquiry must evaluate and promote the societal and social structures needed to provide safety and wellness for our future generations. Gladys spends 365 days a year advocating and networking with family members to promote social change. Every day she prays for Justice for all the families. She hopes that someday there will be no more Violence Against Women and Children and that they get the respect and dignity they deserve as the life givers of ALL society. Justice, closure, equality and accountability are needed for a sustainable society.

WALK4JUSTICE: http://fnbc.info/walk4justice


LINK TO MY 1st SHOW: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2011/11/16/glendene-grant-human-trafficking

LINK TO MY 2nd SHOW: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2011/11/23/glendene-grant-human-trafficking

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Post by Pedro Silva on Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:36 am


Glendene's Christmas Show on BlogTalk Radio Dreamcatchers for Abused Children Network, with special guest Canadian MP Joy Smith

DATE: Tuesday, December 20, 2011
TIME: 5:30PM to 6:30PM PST

GO HERE TO LISTEN & JOIN THE CHAT: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2011/12/21/glendene-grant-human-trafficking
CALL IN TO ASK A QUESTION: 1-917-932-1132

NOTE: The 5:30PM to 6:30PM start & end times are for the PACIFIC TIME ZONE


CENTRAL TIME: 7:30PM to 8:30PM

EASTERN TIME: 8:30PM to 9:30PM

ATLANTIC TIME: 9:30PM to 10:30PM


For other time zones, please convert the schedule to your area.

BIO: MRS. JOY SMITH is a honoured Member of Parliament in Canada.

Here in Canada, we have 308 MPs (Members of Parliament) and 105 Senators. Our MPs are elected and our Senators are appointed by our Governor General as advised by our Prime Minister.

THE FOLLOWING IS FROM: http://joysmith.ca/

MP Joy Smith holds a Bachelor's Degree (B.Ed.) and a Master's Degree (M.Ed.) in education and was a teacher for 23 years devoted to educating high school students in mathematics and science.

Mrs. Smith is also a best-selling author and a recipient of the Hedley Award for Excellence in Research. She was nominated as Manitoba's Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. She is also a wife and mother of six children.

Before becoming Member of Parliament for Kildonan - St. Paul, Mrs. Smith was the Member of the Manitoba Legislature (MLA) for Fort Garry and served as critic for Justice, Education, and Intergovernmental (Urban) Affairs. She also led the Manitoba Task Force for Building Sustainable Communities.

Mrs. Smith has been recognized as one of Canada's leading anti-trafficking activists.

In 2009, Mrs. Smith introduced Bill C-268, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum sentence for offences involving trafficking of persons under the age of eighteen years). This Bill amended Section 279.01 of Canada’s Criminal Code to create a new offence for child trafficking with a five year mandatory penalty.

On October 3, 2011, MP Joy Smith introduced Bill C-310, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons). Bill C-310 will amend the Criminal Code of Canada to make two important changes regarding human trafficking. First, Bill C-310 will amend the Criminal Code to add the current trafficking in persons offences [s.279.01 and s.279.011] to the list of offences which, if committed outside Canada by a Canadian or permanent resident, could be prosecuted in Canada. The second amendment will enhance the current definition of exploitation in the trafficking in persons offence [s.279.04 of the Criminal Code].

Joy has received many awards, MUCH DESERVED AWARDS with all her work she has done, including a "Glendene and Jessie Foster Award" presented to her by WALK-WITH-ME and its founder, Timea Nagy, on April 15, 2010, for her relentless work to implement human trafficking related policy and legislation.


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Post by Pedro Silva on Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:30 am

First off I pray everyone had a wonderful holiday season, regardless of how we all celebrated it. I hope it was a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Happy Holidays for all and all the best in the New Year.

As many of you know, Christmas Day 2005 was the last day that we ever saw Jessie in person. We still talked to her everyday for the next 3 months, but as you can expect, it makes Christmas a hard time for me. Though I cannot say it is a terrible time, as a matter of fact, there is a lot of joy in my life at this time of the year. My oldest granddaughter turned 4 the day after Christmas (known as Boxing Day here in Canada); her little sister turned 2 a week before that and early in January my only grandson turns 3 years old. My 2nd youngest daughter turned 25 – a quarter of a century . . . wow – on the 8th and my oldest daughter turns 29 on the 29th, (both in December) it is her Champagne Birthday, my youngest daughter – who we recently found out is going to have another baby – will be 23 in February, and as most of you know, Jessie turned 27 this year on May 27th, her Champagne birthday.

Anyways, I have some very big news . . . I got the following message on Christmas Eve . . . so it was like a gift to me.

I am working with national child advocates Marc Klaas (father of Polly Klaas and founder of Klaas Kids & Beyond Missing) and Mark Lunsford (father of Jessica Lunsford and the man who got Jessica's Act passed into Florida Legislation) on a 50 state program (called Kross-Kountry-4-Kids) during National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April). We would be honored to include you in this effort.

Looking forward to hearing back.


Kathleen Moore,
Campaign Coordinator

Kathleen told me that John Walsh (from AMW) will also be involved.

Let me tell you, the honour was all mine!! Of course I accepted and then I invited her to be a guest on my BlogTalk Radio Show tonight, and she accepted.
Listen to it in archives here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2011/12/28/glendene-grant-human-trafficking.

Now this is a huge responsibility that was given to me, and I am sending this to everyone and sharing on my social networking sites (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, blog, etc . . . so it will really be out there) and I am asking you to also share this information and the attached forms with your family, friends and contacts. We want . . . we NEED this to be a very successful endeavour.

Thank you all, again, for your undying, long-time support for Jessie and for me. I am more grateful than you will ever know.

Sincerely, Glendene.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:33 am

I am starting the year with my 8th show - my first guest of the year will be BOBBY BROWN‏
Glendene Grant ~ Human Trafficking brought to you by Dreamcatchers BlogTalk Radio in Education – Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - START: 5:30PM ~ END: 6:30PM Pacific Time Zone

We will be starting the year with my 8th show. My first guest of the year will be BOBBY BROWN. Yes, Bobby Brown: http://bobbybrown.com/.

From DOG the BOUNTY HUNTER: http://www.dogthebountyhunter.com/ and MISSING PEACE: http://www.missingpeaceteam.com/.


MissingJessie Foster
Bobby, I know you are a very busy man, but I was hoping you would be a guest on my new BlogTalk Radio show. I was hoping for Dec 27, as I have MP Joy Smith tomorrow, and if I had you next week, I would have an amazing couple of "Christmas" specials.

HOWEVER, like I said, I do know you are busy, so if that date does not work, perhaps you have another date that would??

Thank you, Bobbie - and Merry Christmas, my friend, and all the best in the New Year . . . Sincerely, Glendene.


Bobby Brown
Hey Glendene, as I have often tried to tell my Friends & Fans, I personally dedicate 3 hours per day answering THOUSAND'S of email's, letter's & messages. Looks like I am a DAY LATE for your request to be on your blog/radio show, however, if you call my OFFICE, believe it or not when I am in my staff will not just take a message, I will speak to you and hopefully we can re-schedule if you are still interested. I must say that in about two weeks I will be out of the country, filming a segment for my forthcoming New TV Series which is kind of cool since we are still negotiating which network we will air on. Very CONFIDENT that we are being picked up by a major network. FYI, call me: TOLL FREE, you can get the number by going to: www.bobbybrown.com
God Bless You & yours Glendene. Bobby Brown.

MissingJessie Foster
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for replying. I understand completely how busy you are and I did get a guest for yesterday's show - as I was invited to work with the Army of Angels in National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April with John Walsh from AMW; Marc Klaas, founder of KlaasKids & BeyondMissing; & Mark Lunsford, who has got laws changed in his daughter Jessica's name. It is called Kross Kountry-4-Kids and I am so honoured to be involved.

So, yes, please, I would love you to be my guest. If you can on January 3rd or 10th before you leave, I would be so grateful.

Thanks again for caring so much, Bobby. Sincerely, Glendene.

Bobby Brown
What a wonderful job you continue to do Glendene. I am quite certain if you get me the information, we could definitely do it on the 3rd. Look forward to hearing from you. Please continue your hard work, you are making a difference. God Bless.
Bobby Brown. www.bobbybrown.com

MissingJessie Foster
Bobby, bless your heart friend. Thank you . . . it means a lot to me for you to say that. I will get you the info you need to be my guest on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 . . . my first guest of the New Year. Thank you.
This is the link to the show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2012/01/04/glendene-grant-human-trafficking

Please tune in to listen, or call in to ask Bobby or myself a question: (917) 932-1132.

5:30PM to 6:30PM Pacific Time Zone – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2012/01/04/glendene-grant-human-trafficking

7th show, December 27, 2011: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2011/12/21/glendene-grant-human-trafficking - guest Kathleen Moore of Kross Kountry-4-Kids, National Child Prevention Month (1 hour)
6th show, December 20, 2011: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2011/12/21/glendene-grant-human-trafficking - guest Joy Smith, Member of Canadian Parliament (1 hour)
5th show, December 13, 2011: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2011/12/14/glendene-grant-human-trafficking - guest Mark Price, Head of the Kamloops & District CrimeStoppers (1 hour)
4th show, December 06. 2011: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2011/12/07/glendene-grant-human-trafficking – guest Gladys Radek, co-founder of the Walk4Justice came back to finish show from last week (1 hour)
3rd show, November 29, 2011: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2011/11/30/glendene-grant-human-trafficking - guest Gladys Radek, co-founder of the Walk4Justice / technical difficulties (1/2 hour)
2nd show, November 22, 2011: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2011/11/23/glendene-grant-human-trafficking - no guest, just me talking about Jessie's case & what I have been doing since her disappearance (1 hour)
1st show, November 15, 2011: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers/2011/11/16/glendene-grant-human-trafficking - no guest, just me talking about Jessie's case & what I have been doing since her disappearance (1 hour)

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Kamloops Daily News: Bondsman Bobby Brown to guest on blog show about human trafficking‏

Bondsman Bobby Brown to guest on blog show about human trafficking
DECEMBER 30, 2011
If Glendene Grant went looking for a celebrity to attract audience to her new show, she couldn't have found one better than the Colorado bail bondsman she hosts on Tuesday.
Bondsman Bobby Brown appeared on more than 30 episodes of the A&E TV show Dog the Bounty Hunter before a falling out that led him to sue the network and producers for breaching an agreement. Grant interviews Brown Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. on her new streaming-audio blog show.
"I've had people say, 'Why Bobby Brown?,' " Grant said Friday while vacuuming her home.
She has a host of reasons.
Six years have passed since Grant's daughter, Jessica Foster, went missing under mysterious circumstances from her home in Las Vegas. At no point in that time has the Kamloops mom given up hope of finding Jessie alive.
Grant has taken every conceivable step - including an ongoing Facebook campaign, guest speaking engagements across Canada and gaining the spotlight of U.S. TV shows - to engage the public and pressure the police into continuing to investigate what she is firmly convinced is a case of human trafficking.
There have been some tips, including one earlier this year, but no solid leads.
"I still believe Jessie is alive and she could be anywhere in the world. We certainly won't find her in Kamloops," she said of the unending search.
Her latest ally in the search is BlogTalkRadio, a web-based platform founded in 2006 to enable bloggers to communicate directly with their audiences in real time. The streaming audio service hosts a variety of public-interest programming, including Michigan-based Dreamcatchers for Abused Children.
"Dreamcatchers Network was looking for a new shows online and wondered if I was interested in doing one on human trafficking."
With an ailing father, she set the project aside but agreed to proceed with the show in November. Her guests to date have included Mark Price of Kamloops and District Crime Stoppers and Winnipeg MP Joy Smith, who has spearheaded legislation against human trafficking.
The show's live broadcasts or archived podcasts can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers. Hosts simply logs onto a web page with a password, indicates when the show should air and then calls a special number by phone. Using her computer screen, Grant can see the numbers of guests and listeners calling in. At the click of a mouse, she can put as many as six on air at once.
Through the years, Grant has corresponded with Brown, who has encouraged her exhaustive quest. He's a former law-enforcement officer with more than 40 years of experience.
"He's known from Dog the Bounty Hunter and he has a new TV show called Missing Peace." The cold-case series, currently in production, pairs teams of investigators with psychics in an effort to bring closure to victims' families.
"And to have him say yes to be on my next show was very pleasing."
Grant received what seemed to be a promising tip last summer, but the U.S. source went cold over fears of reprisal. She prefers not to pressure people in such circumstances.
"I don't want them to be the next missing person."
As for Brown?
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Post by Pedro Silva on Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:30 am

Glendene Grant's Human Trafficking Awareness Presentation

Thompson Rivers University

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 7:00PM to 8:30PM


Glendene was contacted in August by an employee of the student union working as a Women's Advocacy rep,

who wondered if she would be interested in doing her human trafficking awareness presentation at the university.


Hello Glendene. I would love to chat with you about possibly speaking at the university regarding sex trafficking and the effect that it is having on our daughters.

With your personal experiences I think that we could create a very informative and dynamic discussion about the topic. I don't think it's talked about enough.

Just think it over and get back to me at your earliest convenience.


I got right back to her, but with Dad in the hospital I told her we would have to put it off for a bit.

When Dad passed away in September, I could not think about doing any presentations for a bit, then I went to Red Deer in October and I called Olivia when I got back to said I was ready.

So she booked me for January 17th, 2012.


* The presentation will be held in the TRUSU Boardroom in the Student's Union Building.

* The event is open to everyone, including people from the community.

* I will be putting advertisements up the first week in January and will be handing out leaflets, as well as encouraging other students to come along.

I think you've got a really important message to get out there and the more people that come out to hear it, the better, Olivia.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:24 am

I have been asked many times why I don't start my own BlogTalk Radio network and have just shows about the MISSING & EXPLOITED, including HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS & MORE.

Trust me, I would love to, but after hearing how much it is (around $500 a year), there is just one way I could do it - and that is if I could get a sponsor, or donations from supporters or organizations that could air a show for their group on the network.

We have already seen that I can get wonderful guests on my show:

* Gladys Radek, co-founder of the Walk4Justice, a grassroots organization for missing & unsolved cases – her reason for starting this group was because her niece, Tamara Chipman went missing in 2005, on the infamous Highway of Tears in northern British Columbia, Canada;

* Mark Price, head of Kamloops & District CrimeStoppers; Mark and I travel around the interior of British Columbia giving human trafficking awareness presentations to teenagers at high schools;

* Joy Smith, Member of Canadian Parliament; and person responsible for the laws in Canada to be changed, regarding sentencing human traffickers convicted of trafficking a minor and has another Bill that we are hoping will also be passed into law, also changing how people will be charged and sentenced for the crime of human trafficking;

* Kathleen Moore, with National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Kross Kountry-4-Kids Tour (with Mark Lunsford, Marc Klaas and special contributor, John Walsh from Americas Most Wanted, myself and others with the Army of Angels);

* Bobby Brown, from TV's Dog the Bounty Hunter and Missing Peace, who, after the show sent me a message that we should get Jessie's case info to the show, so it could be considered for an episode on Missing Peace;

And coming up next week:

* Dottie Laster, legal advocate, law enforcement and public trainer on the issue of human trafficking, host of the radio show Trafficked, and founder of MillionKids.org and Laster Global Communications.

SO, WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK? Is this do-able, or am I biting off more than I can chew?? I am completely open to suggestions, so let's hear some.

REMEMBER: This would be a group effort and I would need others to give a commitment for either their time or their funding or both . . . thank you, Glendene.


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