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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.

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.

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.