The Baptist Friendship House of New Orleans was honored in May with the FBI’s 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award for its work to combat human trafficking.
Kay Bennett, a Send Relief missionary with the North American Mission Board, accepted the award on behalf of the Baptist Friendship House at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Baptist Friendship House is a ministry of NAMB and New Orleans Baptist Association.
“Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, and it is all around us here in the United States,” Bennett said. “I think it’s very important that we, as Southern Baptists, look around us, assess needs, see what’s going on and reach out to help people.”
Illinois Baptist mission teams have partnered with the Baptist Friendship House in ministries to prevent human trafficking.
The ministry center offers housing for women and children affected by trafficking or places them into safe houses. They also can help victims get into long-term treatment programs in New Orleans or provide them with transportation to other locations closer to home.
Bennett and the Baptist Friendship House have also been active in training Southern Baptists nationwide to fight human trafficking in their community.
For more information about how you or your church can get involved in the fight against human trafficking, visit sendrelief.org.
To contact members of Illinois Baptist Women’s state advisory team for human trafficking, go to IBSA.org/Women.
Photo: Kay Bennett (right), executive director of the Baptist Friendship House in New Orleans, accepts an award from FBI Director Christopher Wray for her organization’s efforts to fight human trafficking. FBI photo