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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

The Trafficked Life

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.