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.

If you’ve got a smart phone, iPod, or iPad, you also have access to tools that can equip you to fight human trafficking through education, through shopping, and through sharing.

Search human trafficking and you’ll see the Trafficking In Persons app. This is a handy guide/ self-education course on the U.S. Trafficking In Persons report and human trafficking. It is a great app to recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world.

Free2Work: Wondering how a company or product rates regarding their involvement in slave labor? Free2work.com now has an app with grades for common products/ companies. Phone users can scan barcode on products as they are shopping to see the score on that product.
You may also access tweets from premier abolitionist, like David Batstone.

Call and Response: This abolitionist movement/ rockumentary has an app with videos, tweets, campaigns, and other information to help equip abolitionists in the fight. Use it to contact companies and ask them to be slavery free through their Blood Phone, Slave Free, and Chain Store Reaction campaigns.

International Justice Mission: IJM is an international humans rights agency that secures freedom and others right for victims of slavery and other forms of exploitation. Get news and video from their work, read blogs from Gary Haugen and others, see a map where their work is being done, send encouraging notes to those on the ground, and learn how to get involved.

R-Day: November 11, 2011 has been declared Redemption Day, a time to come together for the freedom for those who are oppressed. Learn more on the R Day app.

There are also some exciting apps coming soon designed to help people from becoming victims or to help those already victimized.
NetHope.org. in partnership with other organizations offered a “Stop Human Trafficking App Design Challenge.” The two winning designers were recently announced. The Grand Prize winner created the “Working Abroad” app. Designed to assist those seeking to work in other countries, the app includes information to warn users about signs that they are being lured into the human trafficking.
See video clips of the winners at NetHope.org