by jessica pittman, co-director

The Central Valley Justice Coalition has had some thought provoking discussions about this in the past (such as last week!) and this article addresses a few of many terms that we must choose to use or not use depending on the context.  Should we describe victims of human trafficking as slaves? Modern day slaves? What justifies this language choice, and are we thinking at all about how it influences people who hear it? How does it influence the people it describes?

Check out this blog as the author reflects on these questions as well, and post either here or there…and maybe we can all just think. about. our. words.

What do YOU think?

(please note, the blog we have referenced does not necessarily reflect the views of CVJC)

Christian Business Women’s Connection next breakfast, on Tuesday, June 24, will be focused on the issue of fighting human trafficking on a local level and from a business perspective.  Take advantage of this opportunity to network with other women in the business community and learn how to leverage your influence to address this issue. Guest Speakers are Jessica Pittman, Founder/Co-Director of CVJC, and Andrea Shabaglian, Founder/Director of MadeForThem. Jessica and Andrea will be addressing several specific questions as prepared by the leadership of CBWC.

Tuesday, June 24, 7am -8:30am, at Pardini’s Catering and Banquets 2257 W. Shaw, Fresno

Tickets on sale now! Non Members $20, CBWC Fresno Members $15

To reserve tickets or for more info see the CBWC Fresno Website OR RSVP on Facebook

More info? Human Traffic CBWC


just act

Just Act 2013!

April 19, 7:00 p.m.  at Fresno First Baptist Worship Center & April 20, 9:30 a.m. at various locations

Registration is now closed. However, COME ANYWAYS and sign up when you arrive!
Come Friday night for worship, prayer, art and inspiration. Then “JUST ACT” on Friday night (after the event) or Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. by taking part in activities to fight human trafficking.
FREE T-SHIRTS ARE GONE BUT you can buy one at Just Act ($12) Spread the word; download our Just Act 2013 printable flyer.

Central Valley Justice Coalition presents

Human Trafficking 101: Central Valley Issues & Response

Monday Nights 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Oct. 22-Nov. 19
$25 per person (limited scholarships available)

People’s Church, Student Ministries Building

This is a 5 week training that will survey the issues of human trafficking in our Central Valley and will include lessons by experts in the field.
We will devote much time to discussing and developing next steps to create movement in the greatest areas of need.
If you want to get involved and take action, or just to learn more, THIS IS FOR YOU. Training is required for all who wish to be involved in direct services.

To sign up for the class, register here
To pay registration, click here

NOTE: When giving through Paypal, note “Human Trafficking 101” in the “OTHER” line to ensure proper allocation of funds.
For more information, contact Kathy at 559-725-1865 or email