Non Discrimination Policy
Policy Name: Non-Discrimination Practices
Authorized by: Human Trafficking Justice & Freedom International (HTJFI) Board
Date Authorized: 3/4/21
We are a faith-based organization; specifically, we are Christian in our faith orientation - as in we follow Jesus and His example to show unconditional love to the poor, marginalized, and oppressed. Accordingly, we are called to serve every victim of human trafficking we can - of any faith or none.
Therefore, HTJFI shall not discriminate in its provision of services to human trafficking victims/survivors of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, disability, enrollment in college or vocational school, political affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity or genetic information.
II. Equal Opportunity Employer
HTJFI )”) is an equal opportunity employer and a faith-based religious organization. We conduct hiring without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, marital status, parental status, enrollment in college or vocational school, political affiliation, veteran status, membership in any labor organization, or disability of an otherwise qualified individual. The status of HTJFI as an equal opportunity employer does not prevent the organization from hiring staff based on their religious beliefs so that all staff shares the same religious commitment, which is central to our mission.
according to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 702 (42 U.S.C. 2000e I(a)), HTJFI has the right to, and does, hire only candidates who agree with HTJFI’s Core Values and the Apostles’ Creed, which are as follows:
*HTJFI Core Values God first. We will seek God first in all we do and count on Him to help us to do more than we could ever imagine. We will give Him the glory for all He uses us to accomplish.
Survivor empowerment. God has called us to be His hands and feet, to love and help those afflicted and abused by human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation through legal advocacy, education, and policy reform. We are called to come alongside survivors to advocate for them and seek justice on their behalf while removing barriers that hinder them from moving forward on their healing journeys. We also recognize that to act as an ally to empower survivors fully, we must be actively engaged in listening to survivors and incorporating their lived experiences in our legal and policy advocacy and reform if we are to be effective.
Culture of honor. We strive to reflect Christ in all we do. We will seek to be gracious and show mercy and respect to one another. We will seek justice with a spirit of humility. We encourage one another’s ideas and gifts and strive to be quick to forgive and listen while being slow to speak or get angry.
Spirit of collaboration. We believe we have been called one among many to eradicate human trafficking. We cannot solve this issue or effectively serve survivors of human trafficking if we seek to operate in our world apart from others. Accordingly, we look for opportunities to collaborate with and support others committed to ending human trafficking.
“I/We believe in God the Father Almighty; Maker of Heaven and Earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only (begotten) Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.”
Any discriminatory practices in violation of the policies outlined in sections I and II above shall be reported to the President for investigation and action as is necessary to address the allegations and bring practices back into alignment with the policies as noted.