TRAFFICKING IN THE SHADOWS OF
IN OUR BACK YARD…
Innovative Health - Fall 2017
ALL OF US
A/// BY SUE JASTER
pproximately 30 kids and their parents recently
handed Christina Tipton a bag filled with rolls
of coins, bills and a few checks totaling more
than $860. The offering was the result of a local
church’s Vacation Bible School fundraiser focused
on the victims of human trafficking.
The concern, the focus and the offering inevitably
led to Tipton. She had helped the church
community understand that right here in Genesee
County, there is a growing need to educate the
public and to support victims of human trafficking.
It is easy to think that Genesee County might, for various reasons,
be the exception to communities around the country, or that a
lot of cities and towns might tell themselves “that can’t happen
here.” Tipton makes it her business to tell the truth, even if it’s
uncomfortable to people.
Ms. Tipton wears many hats as a human trafficking specialist for the
state of Michigan and street outreach worker for Genesee County
Youth Corp (GCYC). She also works at REACH, an agency that offers
housing facilities and counseling services for young adults, is a
member of the Genesee County Human Trafficking Task Force and
co-founder of Tipton Ministries, which she founded with her husband,
Pastor Doug Tipton.