Raymond Bechard

“Thank you for your great work on behalf of children.” US Senator Richard Blumenthal “How can we possibly thank you enough for your constant support during our recent investigation into Prostitution and Human Trafficking. Your suggestions and assumption of responsibility for the well being of one of our victims/witnesses is critical to our investigation. One of the most amazing things is that you said you would do specific things to care for the victim and then did them; a rare commodity.” Lucein St Germain, Commanding Officer, Connecticut Statewide Organized Crime Investigative Task Force “Ray, the fact of the matter is you always were and always will be my savior. Someone who saved me from myself and the brutality of the streets. Still to this day you protect me and watch over me. I can never repay the debt. Nor could I ever find someone I can confide in such as yourself. No one understands or is more compassionate than you to my needs and frustration over being victimized. These people who are so quick to judge and criticize on something they know nothing of. You truly do understand fully now the feeling of being victimized. I'm behind you all the way!!” "Marie" “I had to call on Ray for assistance in locating one of our foster care girls that had run away. She had been missing for five days and three police departments were searching for her. Ray and his staff were able to locate her and she was rescued from the trafficker who already had her working on the streets. I am so impressed with the level of commitment of this gentle man and his humility as he works to make a difference in the lives of young vulnerable children.” Rosemarie Burton, President, Klingberg Family Centers “Raymond Bechard has written a great book; an important book. There is a horrific human rights abuse taking place right in front of us. UNSPEAKABLE finally brings child trafficking out of the shadows and into the light of day, exposing this crime for all of us to see.” Carol Smolenski, Executive Director, ECPAT-USA "It's dangerous to go out in the streets and fight the people who are selling kids for sex. You can get killed for trying to stop them and for showing the world what they are doing. I am so glad Raymond Bechard has the courage to do both. Guy Jacobson, Writer/Producer, The K11 Project “It gives us great pleasure to award you the 2009 Living Spirit Award for your outstanding contributions to our community. Your continuous work in so many capacities has helped to build a stronger, more loving community for the people of God.” Cathleen Murtha, DW, Pastoral Discernment Leader, Spiritual Life Center “I deeply appreciate your professionalism, the integrity with which you have led us, and your commitment to God’s work that comes through in all that you do. Such leadership has given great strength to our campaign committee and to the vision of our church.” Rev. Doretta Clark, Senior Pastor, Mystic Congregational Church “On behalf of the Suzanne Mubarek Women’s International Peace Movement and the Campaign End Human Trafficking Now!, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind collaboration and participation at the conference ‘Human Trafficking at the Crossroads’, held in the Kingdom of Bahrain. We are pleased to inform you that the conference turned out to be a great success, an outcome which could not have been achieved without your valuable contribution.” Dr. Aleya El Bindari Hammad, Founding Member and Member of the Board, SMWIPM/End Human Trafficking Now “On behalf of the University of Toledo and the Second Chance Advisory Board, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to you for continuing to protect women and save children.” Lisa Fedina, BSW & Celia Williamson, PhD, University of Toledo

“On behalf of Soroptimist International of Northeastern Region, thank you for moving us with your Keynote presentation on human trafficking. Our missions are in synch and can really make a difference for women and girls.” Sara Nichols, Governor, Soroptimist International of Northeastern Region “On behalf of all of us at D.A.R.E. America I wish to express my appreciation for your participation and contribution to the tremendous success of the 22nd Annual D.A.R.E. International Training Conference in Orlando, Florida. We are sincerely grateful to you for the time and effort you committed to … furnishing vital information to the D.A.R.E. instructors and educators. Scott Gilliam, Director of Training. D.A.R.E. America “Thank you for taking time to present valuable information to D.A.R.E. officers from across the State of Missouri” Missouri D.A.R.E. Officer Association “Excellent Class. A real eye opener” Stephen Boven, Wilmore, Kentucky Police Department “Thanks for the great update of info. It’s here and now and we need to change our vocabulary like we suggested and address this problem.” Amanda Fisher, Anchorage Police Department “I Learned things about human trafficking I did not know. Working with kids in my job, I think this will help me identify children at risk.” Scott Wardingly, Lake County Florida Sheriff’s Office "Thank you for meeting with our Campaign Committee. Even that short time together has completely reinvigorated our team and magnified our efforts." Dr. John R. Myers, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Fort Lauderdale "Because of your hard work, lives are being transformed, families are turning to God, and the Kingdom of Heaven is rejoicing! " Bishop LeRoy Bailey, Jr., Senior Pastor, The First Cathedral, Bloomfield, CT "We are well aware that your expertise, your unique personality, and the friendships you developed were KEY to making this happen. Thanks for leading our video department into a new level of ministry." Pastor Bill Wilson, Director, Metro Ministries "I deeply appreciate your professionalism, the integrity with which you have led us, and your commitment that comes through in all that you do." Doretta Colburn, Senior Pastor, Mystic Congregational Church "I am delighted to see your ministry develop as you assist various churches in their work. You are amazingly creative, and it all becomes most potent when combined with a lively and deep faith. " Donald W. Morgan, Chairman Emeritus, Churches Uniting in Global Mission "Great job! You make an excellent business consultant, mediator, and counselor!" Glenn Disosway, New Hope Community Church, Grand Rapids, MI "Your seminar received that rare, unanimous rating of excellent in all areas." David Nash, Executive Director, Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce "Thank you for coming to campus to speak. A number of students expressed how they felt you had made a serious impact on them." Professor Gary Levvis, University of Connecticut

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