In the fight against slavery, a great need are stronger laws to prosecute those who commit human trafficking crimes and protect victims. Currently
California Against Slavery, a non-profit grassroots looking to strengthen anti-human trafficking laws in California, is working on initiative to pass such kaws.
They are currently launching a signature campaign to place an initiative on the 2012. Visit WWW.CaliforniaAgainstSlavery.org for more details or leave questions at their Fremont office (510)473-7283.
CAS will have a training for those interested in helping gain signatures for their initiative in Visalia:
“CASE Act Initiative – Stronger anti-human trafficking laws for CA.” Training for CAS Volunteer Petition Circulator
Tuesday, November 29th, from 6-8pm
At Community Service Employment Training (CSET)
312 N. W. 3rd Ave. Visalia, Ca. 93291
The training is being hosted by ACT For Girls and Women Co-Director Erin Garner-Ford
RSVP: Space is limited. *$10 fee includes T-shirt & campaign materials*
While CVJC’s efforts are focused on the Central Valley, human trafficking is a web that is global. We know that fighting demand in any place has an impact locally. CVJC member Brandi Nuse-Villegas runs a online catalogue and resource blogsite on fair labor and empowerment products. She has launched the Fair Holidays shopping campaign and encourages people to use the resources to buy from those who are empowering former slaves and those vulnerable to human trafficking.
What’s impressive is that there are a lot of really great products available now that contribute to the fight against human trafficking and more are constantly being added.
We encourage you to pass this on to others and be part of the campaign!
Dear partners in abolition. A news story on ABC30 came out about a prostitution bust in massage parlors in Clovis yesterday. Unfortunately, these may be cases of sex trafficking, which means that any victims are being criminalized rather than cared for. Even if this were not the case, it perpetuates the public idea that women in these massage parlors are criminals rather than possible victims of commercial sex exploitation. Please be praying and contact you city leaders to ask them to address human trafficking in massage parlors.
We have recently posted resources to help you speak up to your local representative: Helping With Massage Parlor Policy
In light of the news report, We encourage writing respectful letter to the Clovis PD, asking them if them about their awareness of human trafficking and any tools they used to determine if there was human trafficking occurring. They should have a victim’s advocate present to help determine the presence of human trafficking victims. See our sample letter.
We also recommend that you speak to you Fresno or Clovis officials, asking that your city help effectively deal with human trafficking in way that leads to rescue of victims and protection of potential victims.
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Human trafficking is a very real, present, and devastating reality in our communities right here in every part of the Central Valley. But it will not prevail. The church is a crucial part of the solution, bringing Isaiah 61 to pass in glorious ways that not only results in the end of modern-day slavery, but also the resolution of other issues in our community, like child abuse and sexual addiction. Please consider attending our free dessert and inviting others to come.
The Bridge is located at 3438 East Ashlan Avenue Fresno, CA 93726