During the time I worked with the Coalition Against Human Trafficking I met many concerned and dedicated men and women who wanted urgently to extend help to people who were coerced into prostitution or involuntary labor.
One of the women I immediately liked and trusted was Felicia Delgado. Felicia is herself a survivor of drug addiction and prostitution, and now works with Project RENEW, a local outreach organization that offers help and a way out to commercial sex workers.
Edward Achorn of the ProJo has an editorial today, about the court decision to clear Felicia’s record from prostitution charges. He makes reference to Biblical teachings about forgiveness.
I know from conversations with Felicia that she is a devout Christian who studies the Bible with her church and on her own. I’m sure that her work of reaching out to people in trouble is an expression of faith in action.
As far as forgiveness, I’m reminded of what Jesus said about the helpful guy who offers to take a speck out of your eye when he has a log in his own. When Jesus said to ‘forgive one another’, he seemed to mean that all of us fail sometimes.
Congratulations, Felicia, for everything you have accomplished. Thank you for what you contribute to our community.