Jessie's case aired on HLN (sister station to CNN) twice!!
Jessie's case aired on HLN (sister station to CNN) twice: NANCY GRACE on Jan 27 & ISSUES on Feb 1
Well, January is already past, and we are now into February, meaning that next month – on March 29, 2011 – it will be 5 years since Jessie disappeared. FIVE YEARS! Can anyone believe it? I know I certainly have a hard time even imagining it has been half a decade. HALF A DECADE! Wow – it is amazing that life can just fly by with something like the disappearance of a loved one looming over everything. No matter what happens, good or bad – we have to remember to tell Jessie about it. I say that, because I believe she is coming home one day. I also know that if she is not alive, she already knows.
There are many things that I am grateful for, even while living anyone's worst nightmare. I am grateful to have Jim in my life – he is my strength and he is always there for me. I am grateful my other daughters – if not for them, I don't know what I would do. I am grateful for my grandchildren. They are the light of my light, and they just mean so much to me. I am grateful to all the rest of my family – my elderly dad, my siblings, my aunts & uncles, my nephews & nieces and cousins – there are so many and they are always there for me. And for all my friends and Jessie supporters. You all keep me going. I will never give up, not with the support system I have. I love my family and friends so much.
Jessie's case has never left the news. Year-after-year there are more and more reporters and news shows who are interested in writing or airing it on through their media. Last year was a huge year, not just for Jessie's case, but also for human trafficking taking its rightful place in the top of the news, so people know this is happening in this day-and-age and it is happening here. To our daughters, our sisters, our friends. Jessie's case, already known as an international human trafficking case, she is Canada's most well-known case of human trafficking and becoming the same in the USA and around the world. HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS NOT A 3rd WORLD COUNTRY ISSUE ANY MORE – nor is it just an episode on a crime TV show.
This year is looking to be no different . . . well, actually it will be. It will be even busier, if January was any indication of what is to come.
On Tuesday, February 1, 2011, Jessie's case aired on ISSUES with Jane Velez-Mitchell, on HLN, the sister station of CNN. Here is the message I got from the producer with link to the segment: We will continue to follow your story Glendene and hope you’ll come back on the air with us . . . whatever the circumstance. Jane meant it when she said she wouldn’t let this go! Emily. http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2011/02/02/jvm.jessie.foster.hln.html.
On Thursday, January 27, 2011, Jessie was one of the missing shown on Nancy Grace FIND 50 PEOPLE IN 50 DAYS series. Here is the message I got from the senior producer with the link to the segment: Hi, Glendene – Hope Toronto was good. Please find below a link to the story that aired about Jessica. Many thanks and wishing you the best - thank you for your kindness, Phil. http://cnn.com/video/?/video/crime/2011/01/28/ng.america.missing.friday.hln.
The launch of the ALLIANCE AGAINST MODERN SLAVERY in Toronto on Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29, went well. I was able to speak about Jessie's disappearance and human trafficking – and all that I have been doing to educate others about this horrific crime on Friday night at the Freedom Benefit Concert and Saturday at the Inaugural Conference, along with several other people who are highly educated and extremely active in combating human trafficking. This is the link to the AAMS website: http://www.allianceagainstmodernslavery.org/.
I have a video of my speech on Facebook, it is 17 minutes long and that is 2 minutes longer than YouTube allows, so I have to figure out how to post it somewhere else. But for those of you on Facebook, this is the link: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1471048389883.
Just a quick note about something that happened at the Kamloops airport on my way to Toronto for the AAMS launch:
I was at the Kamloops airport on Thursday to catch my flight to Calgary, then on to Toronto. I asked a young women in the line-up if this was the flight to Calgary and she said yes. I stood behind her and she turned around and looked at my Jessie button and said, “I like your button”. I said, “Thank you – that is my daughter Jessie – she is missing and the victim of human trafficking.
She asked me how I knew and I told her that “we don't have PROOF, if that is what you mean.” Then I told her a condensed version of Jessie's story. How she as lured . . . etc. I also told her that several human trafficking experts in Canada and the USA believe Jessie's case was a CLASSIC case of modern-day sex slavery.
She asked if I had another button, but I didn't – however I had posters. I told her I would get her out a poster on the plane, but she said CAN I HAVE ONE NOW? I got her out a poster and wrote the website on it, since I had forgot to add it before printing, and gave it to her.
I asked her name and she said Alicia. And she said she was RUNNING AWAY. I asked her how old she was and she said 23. She said she can't decide if she wants to get on the plane or not. I told her I was going to Toronto and I would be seeing Jessie's stepsister Alisha. Then she looked as Jessie's poster and she started to cry.
The she looked me deep in my eyes and asked me if she should go to Calgary or back to 100 Mile (House, BC – pop. 2,000 – located along Highway 16 . . . otherwise known as THE HIGHWAY OF TEARS. I said DON'T LEAVE.
She asked me how to get her luggage off the plane and I told her to go to an agent. She hugged me, crying, and I told her to go home and tell all her friends about Jessie Foster and to educate themselves (or call me) on human trafficking. With awareness none of you will ever end up in the position Jessie is in!
While I was in the line-up I heard an announcement to have someone's luggage removed from the plane. I smiled. I feel deep in my heart I truly helped her. Maybe even saved her. Remember – Calgary is where Jessie met the trafficker that lured her away. Now I know why I had to be at the Kamloops airport on Thursday afternoon, January 27, 2011. To save beautiful Alicia.
NOTE: She had my email address from the poster and she messaged me right away.
On Wednesday, January 26, the day before I went to Toronto, I got a call from Tara, a news reporter at Radio NL here in Kamloops, who interviewed me about my upcoming trip to Toronto. She told me to call her back when I returned, but it has been so hectic, that I have not yet. But I will be calling her soon to tell her how it went. Radio NL website: http://www.radionl.com/.
While I was in Toronto on the weekend, I got a call from the MIKE SMYTH SHOW – CKNW Radio in Vancouver, about an interview. I thought it funny that I am from Kamloops, BC, the show is from Vancouver, BC and they tracked me down in Toronto, ON. We did the interview from my hotel room on Friday, January 28 at 4:00pm, before I had to leave for the concert. I ended up getting an email from a teacher in Coquitlam, BC, who heard the interview, asking me if I would please go to his school with my human trafficking education presentation. You can listen to the interview here: http://www.corusradio.com/Shared/AudioVault/CKNWAMaudioVault.asp?VaultDate=20110128&VaultTime=13&mysubmit=Listen.
I was also interviewed on Monday, February 1, on the NEWSLINE at NOON with JIM SMALLEY – 620 AM CKRM Radio in Saskatchewan. It was an open mike interview and there were 2 callers. - The first was a woman who had been lured then forced into prostitution for many years and she was able to get away. She wanted to tell me that girls DO get out and to NEVER give up hope or stop searching. I TOLD HER I WOULDN'T. - The second was a man whose daughter who was also forced into prostitution. She was taken to Florida and lost contact with her family for a long time. She was able to finally contact her parents, and they were able to get some money down to here with the message, "don't look back, just leave everything there and get to the airport, NOW". She did and she got away. She is still not able to talk about what happened, even years later. HE ALSO WANTED TO TELL ME TO NEVER GIVE UP. Link to CKRM radio: http://www.620ckrm.com/index.php. Newsline at Noon (Monday to Friday) with Jim Smalley link: http://www.620ckrm.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2404&Itemid=164 (podcast to be added).
I have another interview booked between 3:00 P.M. & 4:00 P.M., on Monday, February 7, on the VINNY EASTWOOD SHOW. This is the message I got from Vinny: This is Vinny Eastwood. I want to give respectable activist and researchers like yourself coverage on an international level on my radio how which goes out on 25 AM/FM stations worldwide http://www.americanfreedomradio.com/listen_live.html. To help wake people up to the truth of the international ins & outs of the NWO system using a little bit of humor! I’ve been doing this for years when no one else in New Zealand will bother to try create any credible media. I’m trying to serve my country, community and species by giving amplification to those voices who are censored from our media in all spectrums of discourse. If you’re interested to donate some of your valuable time we’ll schedule you to come on the show this week. Cheers! Vinny Eastwood. Talk Show Host: www.thevinnyeastwoodshow.com.
And I am also booked for a radio interview with Bring Them Home on Wednesday, February 9, at 7:50 P.M. EST / 4:50 P.M. Pacific Time (my time). There will be an open mike for people to call in if they have a question or comment. This is their official website: http://www.bringthemhome.net/ and you can listen live to the show here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bringthemhomenow.
I am the second guest on the show, following Stephen Watkins, searching for his 2 sons, Alexander and Christopher, taken from Canada on cancelled passports, on March 6, 2009 to somewhere in Europe by their non-custodial mother in a tragic case of international parental kidnapping. Stephen has been looking for his sons ever since. Official website for the missing Watkins brothers: http://www.missing-children-child-abductions-kids-abducted.com/.
I got the following message about contributing a short chapter to a book. They will need it within a month. It sounds like it will be a challenge, but I am always up to a challenge: I am founder and director of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement and Demeter Press. I am editing, on behalf of Demeter Press, a large volume on the 21st Motherhood Movement; more than 80 organizations are in the book. The book will be published in May. I would love you to contribute a short chapter on your new organization M.A.T.H. The chapter is to provide a brief introduction, context (why was your group founded; what need does it address) history, mandate, activities, challenges and relation to the larger motherhood movement). Unfortunately, we are working against a looming deadline as book goes into production this week and must be at printers by mid-March so would need your chapter no later than early March.
Link to MIRCI: http://www.motherhoodinitiative.org/.
Link to Demeter Press: http://www.demeterpress.org/.
I was invited and I have joined the Board of Advisors for the Frederick Douglas Family Foundation – http://www.fdff.org. There are several goals, including going into schools to educate our youth about the horrific crime of human trafficking: I want to welcome our new Board of Advisors members and thank them for supporting the efforts of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation. We’re entering into an exciting period of growth and we hope that the expanded Board of Advisors is the initial step to building a solid infrastructure for the foundation. Let me tell you briefly about the members: - http://www.fdff.org/advisors.html - Click here to read up on Glendene: http://www.fdff.org/glendene-grant.html.
Something else that started up today, Thursday, February 3 we finally got a message from Yvonne “Angel” Hubrechtsen – after nearly 5 years. She posted in the guestbook – http://users2.smartgb.com/g/g.php?a=s&i=g20-03861-b1&m=all&p=1 – of the Official Website for Missing JESSIE FOSTER – http://www.jessiefoster.ca website. She told me she was suing me for slander . . . blah, blah, blah. And then someone claiming to be her 'sister' messaged with some outrageous claims (completely slandering us) and then another 'sister' with more slander. Their claims were hurtful to one of the kindest people we have ever known . . . Jessie's stepdad. And to all of us. Including claims that Jessie was in Las Vegas, prostituting and supporting all of us back here in Canada. And including claims that Jessie took pills (which was one of the only things they said that resembled the truth . . . when Jessie was living in Calgary she was struck by a car while walking to school . . . this caused her a lot of pain, for which her doctor prescribed her pain medication). HOWEVER, since what they said was completely untrue, and obviously without proof – it has been decided to leave the comments up – for all to see how we have been treated by those 'likely' involved in Jessie's case on one level or another. And we also want to track where these comments are being made from, via their IP addresses. After all this time of me wanting to talk to Yvonne, I did post several comments . . . I just have so much to say to her . . . to all of them. One good thing, we do know where they were located when they posted: Message 584, Missouri / Message 588, California / Message 593, California / Message 595, Tennessee / Message 598, Tennessee.
NOTE: The latest of many arrests for Yvonne Hubrechtsen – this one is from January 22, 2011: - Charges: DUI-liquor and or drugs / Under the influence of a controlled substance.
Link to arrest report: http://www.jailbase.com/en/arrested/nv-ccdc/2011-01-22/yvonne-j-hubrechtsen-01938912.
So, it seems as if we have another busy year ahead of us, everyone wants to know about Jessie Foster – and I am ready to continue doing what I have been doing to tell them about her and to educate them on human trafficking.
Now, if only we could find Jessie in 2011 and make it the year to remember. Thank you all for your continued love, prayers and support in the search for Jessie. Sincerely, not just Jessie's, but also Crystal, Katie and Jennee's mom and ML, JJ & IJ's grandma, Glendene.