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Many events coming up!

The next three months, the Central Valley will have many opportunities for training, education, and involvement! We post and update these events on our calendar. Check out what’s coming up!

Caged No More Screening
Fri., Jan 22, 7pm
Regal Manchester Theater, 2055 Shields Ave., Fresno

Fresno aftercare and outreach group Breaking the Chains has invited our community to the  VIP screening of this faith-based film on human trafficking. Supports Central Valley human trafficking ministries.

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Tuesday, Jan. 26th 7 – 9pm – Human Trafficking 101 Class  
Fresno First Baptist Church, 1400 E. Saginaw Way, Fresno CA 93704 
Get educated with an introductory course on modern day slavery. Cost $20 pre-registered by 1-25-16. $25 on 1-26-15.
RSVP to 227-8001 or info@cvjusticecoalition.com 

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Freedom Sunday in the Central Valley
Feb. 7/ March 9, various locations
Join with other churches in focusing on prayer, education, and action to end human trafficking locally. (Feb. 7 is the local date set by the Central Valley Justice Coalition, March 9 is the global date set by Not For Sale)Observe at your own services or meeting.  JARON Ministries with CAPC is helping organize local resources and efforts for churches and any other groups to help Family Services, Tulare County DAs Office, and other local organizations in their efforts to address human trafficking. Resources and info on training meetings on our Freedom Sunday page.

Register as a participating church/group here.

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“Be Free,” 7th Annual Regional Human Trafficking Conference
Wed.,Feb. 24,  1-5pm. Pre-conference workshops 10am-12pm. Reception from 5-7pm
Radisson Hotel Fresno Conference Center, 1055 Van Ness Ave.
Keynote speaker is Kay Buck, Chief Executive Officer of Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST). Schedule also includes a survivors panel, plus information local youth activism,  regional trends in identification and investigation, and multi-disciplinary partnerships. Workshops includes human trafficking 101, cultural perspective on labor exploitation and trafficking, and sex trafficking prevention. Register and get more information here.

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Human Trafficking 101
Mon., March 14, 6:00-9:00 p.m., 3110 West Nielson, Fresno

An introductory class of general knowledge about human trafficking, including tactics of traffickers, signs of trafficking, the clinical dynamics of involvement,potential paths for leaving, etc. Cost: $50. Contact Charlene Glass at 237-4741. Register and get more information here

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My Life, My Choice Training
Tues., March 15, 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., 3110 Nielson, Fresno

Be trained to lead the My Life, My Choice curriculum which provides a concrete, well researched method for preventing exploitation among vulnerable adolescent girls. $150, includes lunch. Space is limited. contact Charlene Glass at 237-4741. Register and get more information here.

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Tulare County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting
March 15, 1:30-3:00 p.m.,
Workforce Investment Board office, 4031 Noble, Visalia

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Workshop
Fri. April 22- Sat. April 23, COS, Visalia

Learn how to identify signs of a potential victim of CSEC. Runs Friday evening and Saturday morning. More details to come.

Child Victims of Domestic Violence Focus of CAPC Conference

Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council is focusing on the effects of domestic violence on children, and what can be done, at the 10th annual Cynthia Lockhart Mummery Conference, “Behind Closed Doors- The Hidden Victims of Domestic Violence”  on Thursday, October 29, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Holiday Inn in Visalia,  9000 West Airport Drive.  See CAPC’s event calendar

Cost is $50 with limited scholarships available for parents, foster parents, and students for $25. Lunch is provided. CEUs available (see below). View and download the registration and information form here.

“Behind Closed Doors- The Hidden Victims of Domestic Violence” starts with focus on the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study. It is the largest investigation into the connection between childhood trauma and health and well-being issues suffered later in life. The study supports the need to address and prevent child abuse.

With an understanding of the ACE study, the effect of domestic violence on children will be explored from all sides. The context is presented from the perspectives of academics,  law enforcement, a survivor herself, local responders, and community awareness workers.  Those attending will have the opportunity to express their own response to domestic violence as a form of child abuse and to decide how to respond.

Goals of the conference are:

  • To increase knowledge of the ACE study and the long term physical and mental effects of traumatic experiences
  • To increase awareness of the long term effects of children who witness domestic violence.
  • To Increase understanding of domestic violence as a form of child abuse from many perspectives.
  • To increase awareness of the Lisa Project as a tool to educate the community about child abuse and neglect, particularly from the perspective of a 6 year-old child’s 911 call.

Conference Speakers:

Carol Redding
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Carol Redding, MA worked with the ACE study as a CDC Fellow as has since focused on educating other about about ACE.  She is also a survivor who also presents from personal experience.

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Gailerd Swisegood

Gailerd Swisegood, LCSW, is an instructor at COS in Social Services. He has extensive experience in the field as a Clinical Services Director at Family Services of Tulare County and other agencies.

Mike Boudreaux, Tulare County Sheriff's Office
Mike Boudreaux

Mike Boudreaux, Tulare County Sheriff, MA, Administration of Justice, has extensive education and experience in law enforcement. He is a graduate of LAPD’s West Point Leadership Academy and a graduate of the FBU National Academy.

Alma Borja, Family Services of Tulare County
Alma Borja

Alma Borja is director of Karen’s House, the local emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, a facility that is part of Family Services of Tulare County. Family Services of Tulare County has been a non-profit agency working with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and child abuse since 1983.

Gene Hardin, Project Creator and Director of the Lisa Project, San Joaquin County Child Abuse Prevention Council, has a background in theater and marketing, skills he used to create this experiential, walk-through exhibit that communicates, through stories and visual effects, what child abuse looks like.

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Gene Hardin, Lisa Project

CEUs are available through Brandman University, provider #PCE 1821 to MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs. Cost is $45. See brochure for details. CEUs for RNs are provided for free by the Tulare County Public Health Department.

For more information,  contact CAPC Director Billie Shawl at 559-735-0456 or email billieshawl@sbcglobal.net

Tour Against Trafficking a Success In Tulare County!

The Tour Against Trafficking brought $450 from Tulare County riders to services in Tulare County through Family Services of Tulare County! The bulk was raised by Steve Sureweic.

On October 8, riders were greeted by children in Tulare, organized by  St. John’s Episcopal Church.

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Riders and welcoming kids at Tulare stop. credit: Tour Against Trafficking
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Tulare stop at St. John’s Episcopal Church
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Visalia organizer Rev. Suzy Ward of the St. Paul Episcopal Church.

The next day, a crowd celebrated the riders and the collaborative effort to fight trafficking at the Police Officer’s Memorial Park, where proclamations were make by local leaders.  We are grateful for everyone who came out and supported this effort to bring awareness to the reality of human trafficking in Tulare County!

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Check out the Fresno Bee’s article on the Tour, which includes a picture in Tulare County,  here!

See more local pictures, and those of the rest of the tour, including a video of the Tulare children on the Tour Against Trafficking Facebook page.

Also follow the Tour blog on the official website.

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“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.

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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