Q:What can the faith community do, beside pray for folks like you?
This question was asked by a pastor to Cptn. Nick Sensely, a leader in the anti- human trafficking movement, at a recent talk in Fresno on October 1.

Sensely: If you think back to the previous abolitionist movements and the claims that the church stood by idly on that issue…
You must decide that this is your mission.
The church needs to say “This is our mission. We acknowledge, realize, that human trafficking still exists in America, and in the world, and our most vulnerable populations, our children, are its greatest victims, and we have a responsibility to find out how we can be part of the solution: How we can sponsor trainings, and gather, how we can find shelter, clothing, support, create and support safe houses… We need to be part of the solution. We need to be part of the collaborative.” Believe me, there’s a role for the church. You are the community based organization.

Two weeks ago, some of the members of CVJC had the privilege to meet with and hear from Chief Nick Sensely. Sensely is the retiring Chief of Police in Truckee, leadership consultant with Pointman, and,for over a decade, a leader in the fight against human trafficking. He developed the CARE model, a methodology used worldwide in anti-human trafficking effort, helped develop the first U.S. human trafficking task force, and is currently working with the Northern and Central California Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, among other answers to his prayer to be part of the solution. He was the guest speaker for Jaron Ministries’ solemn assembly in Fresno to honor law enforcement. Later that day, he spoke about his involvement in human trafficking and answered questions. The above was the last question.

Call Your Member of Congress Today!

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced H.R. 2830, the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. This critical piece of legislation was first adopted by Congress in 2000 and has provided federal funds, training, and policy directives that protect victims, and help stop the perpetrators who commit these heinous crimes.
International Justice Mission, and other organizations like them, have acknowledged that the TVPA has helped them accomplish their work in foreign countries, as it gives incentive for the governments to implement their own laws against human trafficking.
Those laws will expire on September 30, 2011 if we don’t act swiftly.
Use your voice to make a difference! Contact your Representative and ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 2830, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.
Send a letter to your representatives at IJM’s Advocacy Page.
Video link:Forum Shows Human Trafficking Law Needs Reauthorization (with IJM)

Friday, September 30th Cineculture presents Fatal Promises with discussant: Anneliese Rohrer (the producer). Through personal stories of victims and interviews with politicians, NGO representatives and activists, Fatal Promises provides a comprehensive look at the realities of human trafficking versus the rhetoric of politicians and pundits who claim to be making significant strides in combating this horrific crime against humanity.

Ukraine, the second largest country in Europe, is a prime example of a nation struggling to establish a stable economy, a functioning legal system and to control criminal enterprises of which Human Trafficking is the largest. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of women, children and men have been trafficked from Ukraine to the United States, Western Europe and the Balkans since the fall of the Soviet Union.

The screening starts at 5:30 p.m. in Peter’s Education Center (Student Recreation Center west of Save-Mart Center). For more information go to cineculture.csufresno.edu, or e-mail mhusain@csufresno.edu.

The issue of human trafficking is a community issue. It affects, in one way or another, the whole community. We need people from throughout the communities in the Central Valley to identify the root of the issues and the solutions.
We know that in order to effectively respond to human trafficking in our community, we need to collaborate and share our thoughts, whether they are questions, ideas, concerns, insights, etc.
So, we invite you to the table to join in the discussion.
One of these ways is through our online discussion board. We’ve started a couple discussions, but welcome you to start and engage in conversation and brainstorming concerning human trafficking and related topics.

We also are in the process of forming the first of our focus groups, which will allow members to collaborate together and help each other pursue the areas of human trafficking that they are called to.
We will also be scheduling open meetings in the future and will be holding a Coalition Partners Roundtable at the end of the month.
If you are interested in becoming involved, contact us at cvjusticecoalition@gmail.com or contact Brandi at 725-1865.

Gift Bag Party for Beauty for Ashes
Monday, Sept. 26th, 6:30 pm
233 N. College, Fresno, 93701
Facebook Event page
Help assemble gifts bags to be given to prostituted persons and learn about Beauty For Ashes. See our previous blog post on these bag parties for more information.

Coalition Partners’ Round Table
Tuesday, October 18, noon.

Church & Communities Leaders Dessert w/ Dr. Lauran Bethel
Human Rights Global Consultant/Missionary

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.
Facebook Event Page

Contact us if you are interested in attending any of these event or would like to recommend a person to attend at cvjusticecoalition@gmail or Brandi at 725-1865.