Senator Dush’s Mini-Series of interviews on Human Trafficking – Joe Sweeney

Senator Dush introduced a three-pronged approach to dealing with Human Trafficking during the Anti-Human Trafficking conference at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in October 2022.  This approach includes communications/education of Human Trafficking, rescuing victims and restoration/reintegration of body and soul of survivors.  This requires both funding and the legislation to support these goals.

Since January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and therefore Senator Dush produced a series of interviews (four) that he will release, one per week, during January 2023.  Every Thursday, Senator Dush will have on his website a background discussion on Human Trafficking, a short bio of the Anti-Human Trafficking CEO that he is interviewing and a five-minute interview with this Human Trafficking expert.

This is the final interview in a series of four interviews with international experts in Human Trafficking.  Today, he is interviewing The Founder and CEO of The Asservo Project, Mr. Joe Sweeney.

Joe Sweeney
Founder & CEO
The Asservo Project
www.theasservoproject.org

Joseph Sweeney serves as the Founder/CEO of The Asservo Project. For over 25 years, Mr. Sweeney has devoted himself to serving his country and community as a former SWAT Operator, Bomb Squad Commander, and U.S government Explosive Security Specialist.  While serving overseas for Anti-Terrorism programs, he had conversations with colleagues about child kidnapping and human trafficking.  Once aware of the size and scope of this epidemic and the lack of effort to combat it, he felt he had to do something to help these people and, consequently, The Asservo Project was formed.

We provide resources to assist Law Enforcement, conduct awareness seminars, and build relationships with global organizations.

For suspected human trafficking / child exploitation, please contact our Tipline at 877-SAVE994.

Penn Highlands Brookville, Penn Highlands Elk Hospitals Recognized for Excellence in Patient Safety

HARRISBURG – Sen. Cris Dush (R-25) congratulated Penn Highlands Brookville and Penn Highlands Elk for being two of the 21 hospitals recognized statewide by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for their stellar performance ensuring patients’ safety.

“Penn Highlands Brookville and Penn Highlands Elk are important providers of high-quality health care to residents in the 25th District,” said Dush, “The exemplary work they’ve done to enhance patient safety is worthy of the acknowledgement they have received from HAP and a great benefit to all those who rely on these facilities for their care.”

HAP honors the top performing hospitals each year through their Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition program. This recognition reflects the extraordinary steps Penn Highlands Brookville and Penn Highlands Elk continue to make to prevent health care-associated infections and improve patient-safety outcomes.

The top-performing hospitals are identified by HAP using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network. To be recognized, hospitals must perform better than the mean standardized infection ratio in three key measures: central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and Clostridioides difficile infections.

CONTACT:           Zack Ankeny

Senator Dush’s Mini-Series of interviews on Human Trafficking – Pastor Jo Lembo

Senator Dush introduced a three-pronged approach to dealing with Human Trafficking during the Anti-Human Trafficking conference at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in October 2022.  This approach includes communications/education of Human Trafficking, rescuing victims and restoration/reintegration of body and soul of survivors.  This requires both funding and the legislation to support these goals.

Since January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and therefore Senator Dush produced a series of interviews (four) that he will release, one per week, during January 2023.  Every Thursday, Senator Dush will have on his website a background discussion on Human Trafficking, a short bio of the Anti-Human Trafficking CEO that he is interviewing and a five-minute interview with this Human Trafficking expert.

This is the third in a series of four interviews with international experts in Human Trafficking.  Today, he is interviewing Pastor Jo Lembo, Director of Faith Initiatives and National Outreach for Shared Hope International.

Pastor Jo Lembo
Director of Faith Initiatives & National Outreach
Shared Hope International
sharedhope.org

Jo Lembo began working alongside Shared Hope International in 2009, serving the organization as a recognized speaker and trainer in her position as the Director of Faith Initiatives and National Outreach, overseeing, inspiring and training nearly 1,400 trained volunteer Ambassadors of Hope nationwide. She is a licensed minister and has served the churches where they have resided the past 30 years. Her passion is to keep children safe. Together with her husband, Nick Lembo, they have fought against child sex trafficking in the USA for more than a decade.

Senator Dush’s Mini-Series of interviews on Human Trafficking – Jordan Pine

Senator Dush introduced a three-pronged approach to dealing with Human Trafficking during the Anti-Human Trafficking conference at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in October 2022.  This approach includes communications/education of Human Trafficking, rescuing victims and restoration/reintegration of body and soul of survivors.  This requires both funding and the legislation to support these goals.

Since January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and therefore Senator Dush produced a series of interviews (four) that he will release, one per week, during January 2023.  Every Thursday, Senator Dush will have on his website a background discussion on Human Trafficking, a short bio of the Anti-Human Trafficking CEO that he is interviewing and a five-minute interview with this Human Trafficking expert.

This is the second in a series of four interviews with international experts in Human Trafficking.  Today, he is interviewing The Founder and CEO of Green Light Operation, Ms. Jordan Pine.

Jordan Pine

Founder & CEO
Greenlight Operation
greenlightoperation.org

Jordan Pine is the Founder and CEO of Greenlight Operation. She received her B.A. in Politics with a minor in Criminal Justice from Messiah University and holds years of experience in the anti-human trafficking movement, nonprofit leadership, business management, and interagency collaboration. Jordan is a leading voice in Pennsylvania on the issue of human trafficking, having educated thousands about this criminal industry. Her passion to see freedom for all is stronger than ever. 

Senator Dush’s Mini-Series of interviews on Human Trafficking – Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good

Senator Dush introduced a three-pronged approach to dealing with Human Trafficking during the Anti-Human Trafficking conference at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in October 2022.  This approach includes communications/education of Human Trafficking, rescuing victims and restoration/reintegration of body and soul of survivors.  This requires both funding and the legislation to support these goals.

Since January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and therefore Senator Dush produced a series of interviews (four) that he will release, one per week, during January 2023.  Every Thursday, Senator Dush will have on his website a background discussion on Human Trafficking, a short bio of the Anti-Human Trafficking CEO that he is interviewing and a five-minute interview with this Human Trafficking expert.

This is the first in a series of four interviews with international experts in Human Trafficking.  Today, he is interviewing The Founder and CEO of The Foundation United, Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good.

Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good

 

Founder and CEO of The Foundation United (www.TheFoundationUnited.org), which was created out of her passion to end sexual exploitation and protect children globally.

Based upon her book “Groomed” (Harper Collins, 2020), and decades of experience in counseling, as an area pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, and in Corporate America, she launched an initiative which empowers the Church and Christian organizations to walk in complete freedom and transparency. This breaks generational patterns and bulletproofs leaders and families from the footholds of the enemy.

She is the founder and CEO of The Foundation United (www.TheFoundationUnited.org), which was created out of her passion to end sexual exploitation and protect children globally. The Foundation United collaboratively provides best practices and proven models to eradicate sexual abuse and exploitation domestically and internationally. Their initiatives create scalable, systemic change in education, law enforcement, healthcare and the Church. As the founder of REAL TALK, she helps ministries address the root causes of demand and exploitation, from top leadership to kindergarten.

Elizabeth holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology, and is the recipient of the prestigious New York City Global Business Leader Award, SRQ Women of Influence Award, Tampa Bay Business Woman of the Year Award, and honored as one of the NYC’s 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. She has delivered two TedX talks and one LiftX Talk to 18,000 military leaders. She is a featured speaker at the 2022 Shared Hope International Conference and the Global Strategic Forum in Austria.

Sen. Dush Leading the Way with Anti-Human Trafficking Actions

HARRISBURG – As you may know, human trafficking is the second largest business in the world and projected to become the number one business within the world in the next ten years. As such, Sen. Cris Dush (R-25) has taken on the fight to prevent this scourge from becoming the number one business in Pennsylvania.

Dush introduced a three-pronged approach to dealing with human trafficking during the Anti-Human Trafficking conference at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in October 2022. This approach includes communications/education of human trafficking, rescuing victims and restoration/reintegration of body and soul of survivors. This requires both funding and legislation to support these goals.

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and Sen. Dush has produced a series of interviews (four) that he will release, one per week, during January 2023. Every Thursday, the senator will have on his website a background discussion on human trafficking, a short bio of the Anti-Human Trafficking CEO that he is interviewing and a five-minute interview with this human trafficking expert.

Watch Sen. Dush’s web page and Facebook page for these informative interviews discussing one of America’s greatest plagues. Become a supporter by supporting Sen. Dush’s agenda and let’s fight united against this terrible plight aimed at our children.

 

CONTACT:  Zack Ankeny

25th District Local Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Grants

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Cris Dush (R-25) announced four 25th Senatorial District local law enforcement agencies were awarded grants by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) through the Local Law Enforcement Support Grant Program.

“These grants were created by the General Assembly as part of the state budget approved in July,” said Dush. “The funding through PCCD can be used for many different projects or purchases to enhance public safety, such as communications system upgrades, body-worn or in-car cameras, recruitment and retention, training, surveillance cameras, automated license plate readers and more.”

Grant recipients included:

  • State College Borough, Centre County ($2,977,553) for a records management system (RMS) that is compliant with the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS); an EvidenceOnQ+ Evidence Management System; Zebra Handheld Scanners; a Zebra Thermal Transfer Desktop Printer; a Panasonic Toughbook Mobile Command System; Civilian Response Team members; peer-to-peer training; a motivational speaker; and recruitment materials.
  • Lock Haven City, Clinton County ($772,476) for portable and mobile radios along with a base station.
  • Ridgway Borough, Elk County ($111,532) for body-worn cameras and related peripherals.
  • Saint Marys City, Elk County ($158,819) for body-worn cameras and related expenses; Defensive Tactics instructor training; and overtime for officers to attend Use of Force training.

PCCD approved grants to 197 law enforcement agencies totaling $135 million statewide.

 

CONTACT:  Zack Ankeny

Senate Approves Measures Expanding Access to Lifesaving Breast Cancer Screenings

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Senate has approved two measures to expand access to breast cancer screening tests with no out-of-pocket costs for people at high risk, said Sen. Cris Dush (R-25).

Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer in women in the United States after skin cancers, and early detection is the key to saving lives. The Senate approved the following bills:

Senate Bill 1225 requires MRI insurance coverage, with no out-of-pocket costs, for all individuals with high-risk factors such as a personal history of breast cancer, family history, dense breast tissue, a genetic predisposition or previous radiation therapy.

Senate Bill 1330 requires insurance coverage of all costs for genetic counseling and genetic testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutation if a person is diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer or has a family history of breast or ovarian cancer.

While testing positive for a gene mutation does not mean an individual will get cancer, it does mean they have a much higher risk of developing a hereditary cancer.

“These bills build off work we did two years ago and ensures insurance coverage for diagnostic breast imaging and genetic counseling and testing for BRCA gene mutations, all of which will go a long way toward saving lives,” said Dush.

The two bills will be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

CONTACT:    Zack Ankeny

Sen. Cris Dush to Hold Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Oct. 6

HARRISBURG – Sen. Cris Dush (R-25) will host a virtual town hall event for residents of the 25th Senatorial District on Thursday, Oct. 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Sen. Dush would like to take this opportunity to discuss topics that are important to the 25th District. Also, because of the legislative reapportionment following the 2020 Census, Sen. Dush would like to say goodbye and thank you for the support from those who he represented in Tioga, Clearfield and Southern Jefferson County. Lastly, he wants to say hello and welcome to constituents in portions of Centre County who were added to the 25th District.

Join the senator via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/SenatorCrisDushPA.

A live audio stream will also be available at https://senatorcrisdushpa.com/access-live/.

 

CONTACT:    Zack Ankeny

McKean County Communities Receive Nearly $16 Million in PENNVEST Funding

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) today awarded loans to two McKean County communities to make improvements to the water infrastructure, according to Sen. Cris Dush (R-25).

The Borough of Eldred was approved for nearly $14.8 million in funding to construct a new wastewater treatment facility north of the existing wastewater treatment plant. The new facility will include a pump station, headworks, aerobic digesters, ultraviolet disinfection, effluent aeration and reed beds.

“The borough’s existing wastewater treatment plant, having been constructed in 1967, has reached the end of its useful life,” said Dush. “The new plant will address the challenges the existing plant has had dealing with effluent discharge as well as the frequent repairs it has required to stay operational.”

A total of $953,435 in PENNVEST funding has been approved for Hazel Hurst Water Company, which provides service to residents in Hamlin Township, to build a new well and water treatment building. New transmission waterlines will be installed from the treatment building to tie into the existing waterlines that feed the current water storage tank. The existing waterlines and storage tank will be drained and disinfected, and automatic controls and a back-up generator will be installed at the treatment facility.

“This new facility will help address manganese concentrations in the water supply that have been exceeding health advisory levels established by the federal Environmental Protection Agency,” said Dush. “It will meet the needs of necessary quantity and quality of drinking water for those the water system serves.”

PENNVEST is not supported by the state’s General Fund budget, which covers the daily operations and services of the Commonwealth. Financing is provided through the use of federal funding and prior bond issues by the state as well as proceeds from the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee legislation, Act 13 of 2012.

 

CONTACT:    Zack Ankeny