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.

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)

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.

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

“Fresno City Council: Combat Sex Trafficking Brothels Posing As Massage Parlors in Fresno”

A local resident recently started this petition, seeking for the Fresno City Council to continue in and support responsible measures to squelch the practice of sex trafficking and labor trafficking in businesses posing as massage parlors. Click on the link above for more information and to sign the petition.
You can add it to your facebook and share the link with friends.