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Come join Central Valley Justice Coalition in kicking off National Human Trafficking Awareness Month!

Monday, January 6, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Fresno First Baptist Church Parlor (1400 W. Saginaw Ave., Fresno 93704)

The evening includes a brief training for Freedom Sunday

Freedom Sunday is February 2, 2014! CVJC wants to equip you and your church (or place of worship) to join in this day of prayer, worship, and response on behalf of those who are trapped in modern day slavery. This 30 minute training includes resources and tools for sharing 5 minutes (or more) at your church about human trafficking in the Fresno area and how to partner with us to end it

Followed by a time of prayer

Prayer is central to all we do – God moves and acts when we gather together in his name! We want to begin 2014 (and National Human Trafficking Awareness Month) on our knees. We will be praying for God’s freedom and justice to flood our Valley, bringing transformation to the lives of all affected by human trafficking. The time will be guided with scripture, media and specific prayer points, held just across from the Parlor in the Memorial Chapel.

If you can’t attend Monday night, come for 

Freedom Sunday Training & Prayer    

Tuesday, January 7th, 12p-1pm (doors open for networking until 1:30p)

Fresno First Baptist Church Parlor.  Beverages provided, bring your own lunch          

Find Freedom Sunday resources on our website here

On November 21, the Fresno City Council will be voting on a ordinance to revised laws pertaining to massage parlors in an effort to eradicate human trafficking in illicit businesses.

The Central Valley Justice Coalition and other partners will be present at the meeting in support of the ordinance and we invite YOU to stand with us!

Where: Fresno City Hall, council chambers
When: Thursday, Nov 21st, 1:30pm

Questions? Email us at cvjusticecoalition@gmail.com or call 559-725-1865

Additional Info on  Ordinances:
Info Sheet: Massage Business Ordinance

Some important points concerning the ordinance:
• According to Fresno Police Department, since 2008, massage establishments in Fresno increased from 30 to well over 200 establishments
• Visible indicators of potential human trafficking have been found in Fresno.
See our report on human trafficking in massage parlors
• The proposed ordinance was developed from one created by Polaris Project, the national organization that heads the Human Trafficking Hotline.(See the Model Massage Parlor Ordinance document on the Polaris Project website here)

HOW DOES THE ORDINANCE PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
• Requires visibility from the street to see into the massage
parlor, doors cannot be locked when open for business
• Operational hours are limited to 7am-9pm
• Extensive background information and certifications required for a city permit, including all employees to be registered with CAMTC (California Massage Therapy Council)
• No advertisements that suggest commercial sex
• Significant increase in fines and harsher penalties for
violations.

Also see: HELPING with MASSAGE PARLOR POLICY LOCALLY,

CVJC is hosting nights of prayer that are focused in the some of more intense areas for human trafficking in our city. We invite you to join us if this is an issue you wish to take a stand against – the next two dates are Friday, October 25th and Friday, November 15th.

In order to join us, we ask you to review the letter of invite (below) and return the waiver to us by October 17th. Spots are limited! For questions, email cvjusticecoalition@gmail.com (“prayer” in the subject line).

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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.
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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 cvjusticecoalition@gmail.com.