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January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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Around the world, people are helping bring awareness of human trafficking and ways to take action.
The Tulare County DAs Office and Human Trafficking Taskforce will be launching an awareness campaign that includes large newspaper ads, television PSAs in English and Spanish (To be available on YouTube) and spots on Good Morning America, radio PSAs, banners on public transits, billboards, and social media. They will also be distributing navy blue ribbons for human trafficking awareness.

Here are some ways you can get involved:
1. Save The National Human Trafficking Hotline number and text line on your phone: 888-373-7888 and 233733 (BeFree). Take one minute to be equipped to potentially be a lifeline. The hotline is a one stop human trafficking resource, from general information to immediate assistance and intervention and many victims have gotten help through the hotline.  Our local agencies will be contacted when needed. The text line (text INFO or HELP)  is used most by victims.

2. Watch and show Chosen/Chosen Gang Edition. These sex trafficking prevention by Shared Hope Int’l were created to educate youth about sex trafficking and what to do. See more here
Watch/ Show Dreams Die Hard, a documentary on labor and sex trafficking in America. (These films and more videos are available in our library and on our YouTube Playlist)

3. Post Human Trafficking Outreach Posters. The Tulare County DAs Office produces trilingual posters that help victims self identify and seek help. We need help getting these up around Tulare County. They are required by law at some locations, but needed everywhere. Contact TCDAO at 559-636-5471.

4. Learn the signs of trafficking If you have not been trained, familiarize yourself with the red flags of possible human trafficking. Read more here.

5. Help improve the GraceCity App. We still need businesses, agencies, organizations, churches, and individuals to sign up as a resource to human trafficking victims and other victims of exploitation in Tulare County. See our page here for more info and if you qualify as a resource provider.

6. Implement Freedom Sunday with your church or group on March 9 (or February 7). Join with churches aNavy Blueround the Central Valley in focusing on awareness, prayer, and action with your faith group. See here for more details.

7. Wear a navy blue ribbon, the color for human trafficking awareness. Share what you know about human trafficking to those who ask and are interested and share our ways to get involved.

8. Follow the Tulare County DA’s Office and Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council on Facebook to be updated on education, resources, and opportunities throughout the month.

 

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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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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.