The goal of our classes is to not only address the issue of human trafficking but also to give the general public (alongside with service providers) the basic information on how to spot a potential trafficking victim and what to do from there.

The whole goal is to prevent human trafficking through education! HT 101 breaks down the essence of all types of human trafficking with more of an emphasis on sex trafficking, highlighting recruitment, vulnerabilities, and misconceptions. HT 201 pin points and focuses on labor trafficking both globally and locally. In a recent partnership with Breaking the Chains, we have incorporated a new HT 301 which is a boots-on-the-ground training where service providers in different fields come to be better prepared to work with and offer help to potential victims they come across.

I have had the distinct pleasure of becoming a part of the prevention team; it has been very liberating and even more so, encouraging! I believe that it is very important to give survivors an opportunity to be more than their story and experiences, that is where true growth and healing come from. 

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Previously, I was stuck in a place where all I did was share my story and I felt that was all that I was good at even though I longed to teach about the issues at hand not just my own experience. Central Valley Justice Coalition got me certified in all of the HT classes, paid for me to get trained in My Life, My Choice and in turn, now I help teach most of the HT 101 classes and now help facilitate MLMC classes in many different settings to reach our young students and at-risk youth.

I would like to invite all those who are reading this to sign up for one if not all of the HT classes. With the knowledge gained in these classes, you will feel empowered and equipped with a better understanding of the problem of human trafficking that plagues our city.

–  Arien Pauls, Justice Coalition board member, educator, advocatejoin us for classes!

Hello friends and partners, we‘re excited to announce that due to continued growth and the support of many in our community, we‘re looking to hire a Prevention Program Manager!  We just completed our first 6 week program for teen boys, using the Not a Number cirriculum, and we are thrilled to be bringing Love 146 out to Fresno this April to train more of our staff!

Please spread the word to those you think may be interested in this opportunity to reach our community (especially young people) with a message of hope: together we WILL prevent human trafficking and exploitation. Deadline to submit resume and cover letter (to info@justiceco.org) is March 15.

Here’s a snapshot of the job description, and view the link below for complete a posting.

The Prevention Program Manager (PPM) provides oversight for programs related to prevention of human trafficking, in alignment with the mission and values of the Justice Coalition (CVJC).  This includes education, resourcing, training and intervention in the community. PPM will assist in the identification and resourcing of victims/survivors in the Central Valley as they connect to CVJC through programming. PPM will be responsible to identify and resource vulnerable communities and individuals primarily through education and intensive programs. He/she is also responsible to fundraise individually and as a team for the overall budget of the Justice Coalition through personal contacts, Justice Coalition contacts, and grant research writing.

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Some ten years ago, on the campus of Fresno First Baptist Church, a movement began. It was fueled, at first, by a not-yet-informed yet determined passion. We started to see things on the streets and in our neighborhoods with new eyes.

We started listening to stories of real women and men whose lives had taken unforeseen turns.

We saw the pain in the eyes of those who felt they had no options.

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We prayed. We asked questions, often of ourselves. We researched, listened, and asked more questions. We gathered others, and the movement continued to grow.
On 1.1.11 we launched. From the beginning, Fresno First Baptist Church has been integral to our work. Many people have supported us through prayer, giving, advocating and volunteering. Each Pastor that has led FFBC has taken on the charge of calling the Church in the Valley to fight for freedom.

We really can’t express our gratitude for the gifts and grace given to us by this community. From Pastor Willie Nolte and Pastor Bryan Hitch when we first began to our current champions Pastor Manny Collazo and Brooke Ortiz, we truly could not have done it without you! And we will keep doing it with you. This tribute comes with deep sincerity as we now look to the future.173013_10150150548721145_2814810_o

So it is a bittersweet time but we are looking to a future filled with possibilities! As a team, we have prayed for over a year about the potential of moving. We are thankful that our partners at Fresno First and Aspen Public School are growing and there is a shortage of space!

We know we leave them well-trained and equipped to continue as a light and beacon of hope to the people in the neighborhood around 1400 E Saginaw. Now, God has a whole new neighborhood for us to influence less than 2 miles away.

We moved into our new space February 1, 2018. We are grateful for the partnership with Aplos Software who is renting their facility to us.

We couldn’t be more thrilled about this new chapter that is just beginning. Will you help write it?

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Technology plays an essential role in our work to prevent human trafficking. In our fast-paced culture, we are tasked with keeping up with today’s youth in communication and with presenting our message in the best possible context.

So it is with deep gratitude that we thank the Fresno Rotary for a generous donation that allowed us to purchase a brand new laptop and tablet to use for our programs and outreach!

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At the Justice Coalition, we are building for a sustainable future. Our bold vision includes a Central Valley where arrests, rescue, and recovery are not necessary because our area has successfully prevented people from being exploited and enslaved.

Thank you, Fresno Rotary for your generosity and forward thinking!

Four years ago, well before I came to the Justice Coalition, we partnered with True Organic Products Inc. to launch our very first Freedom Fund campaign. Every year since we began with a modest matching goal of $5000, our network of supporters have responded generously to help us reach the goal! Together, we raised over $63,000 in the first three years to fund our prevention work.

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This year, again with the commitment of True Organic, we set our most ambitious goal ever ($40,000) total in our shortest time period ever (20 days) and once again you have come through with $47,171 raised to date. This means that Freedom Fund has a running total of over $110,000 in four short years! We thank God for each and every person who has given sacrificially in order to bring freedom to the captives and to protect the vulnerable from oppression.

I was able to spend last week in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, giving thanks for a year of growth and expansion in this human trafficking prevention ministry. My heart was full of gratitude and thanksgiving as I considered how far we have come since our humble beginnings as a volunteer prayer meeting. Yet, I couldn’t help but also feel the sadness of empty space, the sorrow of knowing that there are young people right now who are in danger of exploitation who don’t know what true freedom feels like. Thanks to all of you, we have the opportunity to reach out to them with the message of hope. This coming year we will do everything we humanly know how to do and believe that God will do the rest!

– Ryan Townsend, executive director