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Follow pending CA legislation concerning human trafficking

There are numerous bills pertaining to or involving human trafficking in the California State legislation. Among these is a bill to allow schools to teach sex trafficking and sexual abuse prevention curriculum.

See more details and stay updated through Polaris Project’s website here.

“The Trafficked Life” Screening and Panel in Visalia

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TCCAPC is excited to be partnering with the St. John and St. Paul’s Epicopal churches, the San Joaquin Diocese, Family Services of Tulare County, and Magdalene Hope in Bakersfield to present

Human Trafficking Forum
Featuring the Documentary Screening: The Trafficked Life
Monday, August 17, 6:30 p.m.
At Cafe 210, 210 W Center Ave, Visalia

The Trafficked Life is a documentary filmed in Bakersfield about the realities of sex and labor trafficking in the Valley, with stories and commentary by local survivors, law enforcement, and those from Magdalene Hope, an outreach and aftercare organization dedicated to reaching those in trafficking. The film is informative, vulnerable (The director of Magdalene Hope shares his story, which includes being a former buyer), yet sensitive. The film sheds light more comprehensively on local realities with a focus on the major voice being from those who have gone through it. It is also well produced. See the trailer here.

The Trafficked Life is useful for anyone wanting to better understand human trafficking, especially sex trafficking, in the Central Valley. Though not graphic, Magdalene Hope will have staff available to counsel those who may be strongly affected by the film.

The forum will include a panel discussion/ question and answer segment with filmmaker Michael Fagan, Magdalene Hope Director Doug Bennett, Magdalene Hope aftercare worker and survivor Angelica Lostanaua, and human trafficking experts from Family Services of Tulare County, Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, and Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council.

 Bishop David Rice will also be sharing about an exciting upcoming event in Visalia, Tulare, and other cities in the San Joaquin Valley: The Tour Against Trafficking.
Bishop Rice will be cycling from Bakersfield to Stockton to raise awareness of human trafficking and money for local efforts. He will be stopping at numerous cities in the San Joaquin Valley for awareness events.  (See the Tour Against Trafficking website for more information and to get involved!)

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TCCAPC will have a resource packet available at the Human Trafficking Forum with free materials and information to take action to address human trafficking.

Please share this event with others! Share this page, use our Facebook event page, and/or download and share Rev. Ward’s invitation letter.

For more information, contact information Rev. Ward at sward1978@sbcglobal.net or 559-627-8265.

Prevention Videos Help To Educate Youth

Chosen-Plus-Packages The Tulare Couny Child Abuse Prevention Council has a new resource in its library available for lending to those seeking to bring prevention awareness to youth. Shared Hope International, a organization that has been addressing human trafficking for over a decade, has developed DVD based prevention curriculum to educate and equip youth to respond to sex trafficking. Chosen Prevention Curriculum  is video resource reveals the warning signs and sometimes fatal consequences of sex trafficking to equip teens to protect themselves and others from being trapped in the horrific and violent sex industry.  The video gives guidance to youth who may suspect that their peer is a victim of trafficking as well as general ways to help prevent trafficking, among other information.

The DVD sets come with conversation guides and other helps on a second disc that can be downloaded and printed out. Shared Hope also has more recently released a gang version that includes a second video with information and a survivor story pertinent to  sex trafficking within gangs. The DVD curriculum set is available in Spanish and English. To borrow a copy from CAPC, email brandi@tularecountyhtresources.com.

Fresno Men Plea Guilt of Minor Sex Trafficking

From the Fresno Bee, Thursday, May 7, 2015:

Two Fresno men pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges in federal court Thursday after they were arrested in December 2013 for forcing two teenage girls to prostitute themselves, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.

Michael Anthony Andrade, 34, and Javier Solis, 29, forced the two girls, 15 and 17, to perform sexual acts against their will in Fresno and San Luis Obispo in 2013, Wagner said. The men also forced the 15-year-old to tattoo their nicknames on her shoulders.

Wagner said that the 17-year-old, a runaway, was brought home by her parents in October 2013. She told Fresno police that the 15-year-old was still being held by Andrade and Solis in a hotel room in San Luis Obispo. Officers from the San Luis Obispo Police Department picked the 15-year-old up shortly after.

Andrade will be sentenced on Aug. 10, and Solis is scheduled for Aug. 17. Both face a penalty of 10 years to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Opportunity To Support Bill To Fine Sex Buyers/ Support Survivors

Authors of a state senate bill, currently in the state legislature, seeks to create a minimum fine for sex buyers and provide funds for  services to survivors.

Senate Bill 776, created by Senator Marty Block, San Diego, would create an amendment to the Section 647 of the Penal Code and include:

– Mandatory fine of $700-$2,000 (in addition to other penalties) to sex buyers
– Allocate portion of fees to fund shelter, counseling, and other direct services and exit programs for victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sexual abuse

Currrently, the bill has been set for hearing May 12.

View proposed Senate Bill 776 here

California Against Slavery (the organization behind Prop 37 that created the 2012 human trafficking law) is inviting supporters to get involved in their “Lobby  Day 2015” to support the bill.

Lobby Day takes place at the California State Capitol in Sacramento on Wed., June 17, 2015 from 9:30am to 4:00pm. Participants can speak to their  representative’s office and are encouraged to personally voice support for SB 776 and anti-trafficking efforts. Cost is $10 for lunch and materials. Sign up here

“Lobby Day is an empowering event where you can speak to your legislators’ offices and personally voice your support for anti-trafficking efforts. Groups and families welcomed!” states CAS in their latest campaign. “Training is provided and no experience necessary, we need volunteer advocates from all across California!”

For those who can’t make Lobby Day, they have several ways to get involved:

  • “Lobby from Home” June 1st to June 12th CAS will mail supporters a packet of postcards  to sign and mail in. CAS asks that participants share with friends and family who can mail in the cards themselves. Email requests with your name, mailing address, and number of postcards needed to info@californiaagainstslavery.org
  • “Sponsor an Advocate” Help sponsor survivor advocates to Lobby Day. Each contribution will help to cover travel costs. Make a donation here, and add a note: “sponsorship.

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English/ Spanish Human Trafficking Educational Videos Released By Local Organization!

Fresno County’s Centro La Familia has recently launched an educational human trafficking video, now available online and on DVD in English and Spanish.  The video is a dramatization that follows the story of a young woman who finds help after being forced into domestic servitude.
The English version was released in January. 
The videos can be view and shared through their YouTube channel. Watch the Spanish version here and the English version here. The videos are also on our human trafficking YouTube channel, CV Abolitionists!
This video is also available on DVD. Call Centro La Familia at (559) 237-2961 to obtain free copies for your organization’s use. The video is a great educational tool that can be used in waiting rooms, presentations or for training purposes.
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Clip from “A Story on Human Trafficking,” presented by Centro La Familia Advocacy Services
Centro La Familia Family Services‘s mission is to empower low-income people to access life sustaining resources. Regarding human trafficking, they do outreach to rural communities, awareness and education to communities, and assist victims of human trafficking by helping them access needed services, as well as other work.

Sex Trafficking by Gangs; Professional Training Video Now Available

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Shared Hope International has released Gang TRAP (Trafficking Response and Prevention) Video Series is a unique training video designed to address the growing trend of sex trafficking cases perpetuated by criminal street gangs.  The video targets law enforcement, service providers and prosecutors, offering instruction on gang trafficking dynamics, recruitment and control tactics, professional challenges commonly experienced with these cases, therapeutic response and collaboration.  The four-part (60 minutes) video series incorporates interviews with experts and survivors across the United States.

Freedom Summit 2015

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Freedom Summit, America’s largest community-based anti-human trafficking event is happening on May 9th, 2015 at Levi’s Stadium – the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. The event will feature prominent local and national trafficking experts, survivors, Congressional delegates, athletes and musicians.

“While human trafficking is a 365 day, 24/7 problem, the Bay Area hosting Super Bowl 2016 is the call to action needed for everyone to get in the game to say this won’t happen here,” states the Bay Area Against Human Trafficking.

BAAHT has be a forerunners for California in collaborative, multi-agency response to human trafficking and the Freedom Summit has provided a wealth of information, based on experience on addressing human trafficking. The Freedom Summit is a biennial conference that serves as a catalytic event to bring San Francisco Bay Area abolitionists, communities and organizations together around the issue of Human Trafficking.

Freedom Summit speakers include Polaris Project founder Brad Myles, Co-Chair Freedom Summit & Exec Dir BAATC Betty Ann Boeving, Made In a Free World founder Justin Dillon, and other experts and service providers, plus performaces by Jars Of Clay.

For more information, go to http://www.2015.freedom-summit.org/

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Sign Up To Be A Resource On New App

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Click on the image to sign up and get more info on the GraceCity app

Are you , your business, or organization in the Central Valley and do you or could you provide a service to assist those who have survived exploitation or those at risk?
(Not sure? See list of needed services here)

Tulare, Fresno, Kern, and Madera Counties have been added to the GraceCity app, a centralized, user-friendly mobile resource app allowing first responders immediate access to long and short term services for exploited and at-risk individuals.

This app will be used by those working with those at-risk or affected by human trafficking and is a major asset in successfully preventing human trafficking and helping survivors to thrive beyond human human trafficking.

We need all those who might have a useful service to sign up in order for the GraceCity app to provide the benefits for which it was designed. 

Who should sign up?

This includes primary services, such as health services, social services, mental health services, pro-bono legal services, dental care, housing, etc.

This ALSO includes services that help clients make a new life and thrive outside exploitation, such  as child care, job training, tattoo removal, beauty services, tutoring, mentoring, life skills training,  etc.

If you know of or are an organization that is interested in being a part of this app, please go to http://www.thegracenetwork.org/resource/ and click the pink agency registration flag in the top right hand corner, labelled, “Join The Fight.”

For more details from us about signing up, visit our GraceCity App FAQ page.

Note: The GraceCity app is currently available to download on iPhone and Android. Central Valley resources have not yet been launched.

Welcome!

The Central Valley Abolitionist Calendar is currently in the process of development. We hope that this site will be a useful resource for those in the Central Valley who desire to address human trafficking.

If you have resources, events, or other information that may be useful, please contact us at cvabolitionist@gmail.com. Also feel free to contact us regarding inquiries pertaining to human trafficking.