By Art Gafke
United Methodist congregations in the Las Vegas area have cause to celebrate a victory. As Nevada Governor Sandoval signed the legislation a big step was taken against child sex trafficking in Nevada. Many United Methodist members were part of the over 200 people who participated in small meetings in January with Assembly members and State Senators. Also, many watched the legislative process, participated in legislative committee hearings, and sent e-mails to legislators.
Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto sent Nevadans for the Common Good a congratulatory letter affirming that the disciplined support of the inter-faith community made a difference. The educational process of Las Vegas Valley Interfaith Sponsoring Committee (LVVISC) provided crucial information within the inter-faith congregations leading to the direct action for Assembly Bill 67.
Strengthening the care services for victims of sex trafficking demands attention.
The support of Bishop Robert Hoshibata and District Superintendent Candace Lansberry has been and will be important as future plans are developed. Nevadans for the Common Good is actively involved in research about vulnerable elderly, immigration, education and child sex trafficking.
May 2014 will see the second convention of Nevadans for the Common Good. The Rev. Camille Pentsil of Zion United Methodist Church succeeds The Rev. Arthur Gafke as President of LVVISC. Mr. Charles Redmon of University United Methodist Church is President of Nevadans for the Common Good.