freedom sunday

“It is for freedom that Christ set us free!” Gal 5:1

February 2, 2014  churches across the Central Valley are uniting to proclaim freedom for all who enslaved in modern day slavery.

Join in standing against human trafficking and other forms of slavery and FOR the freedom found in Christ Jesus! Sign up here to let us know you are participating. See our new Freedom Sunday page for more info and resources.

Feb 2nd is around the corner and we want to equip YOU with tools and resources for your congregation. Please join us for Freedom Freedom Sunday Training!

When: Tues, Jan 7th, 12 – 1pm (doors open until 1:30)

JUST ADDED! Monday, Jan 6, 7pm. This evening includes brief training, and a larger focus on worship and prayer for 2014 (in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness month).

Where: Fresno First Baptist Parlor (on southeast side of campus, close to Lansing Ave)

1400 E Saginaw Way

Fresno 93704

Click on the following link for a short video on Human Trafficking in Fresno: http://vimeo.com/66281458.

Don’t wait til after Christmas to bring this to the attention of your church leaders! 

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,

Central Valley Justice Coalition will be part of a session on human trafficking at the 2013 Engage Missional Life Conference on Friday and Saturday October 18-19 in Fresno.
The Engage Missional Life Conference focus is equip believers to be “totally committed to living the love of God in all circumstances where people meet Jesus through our grace, compassion, forgiveness, caring, & loving Lifestyle.” In includes workshops taught by those in organizations here and all over the world with opportunities to connect with mission organizations and like-minded people.
We will be co-presenting a workshop at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19 called “Piercing the Darkness: God’s People Leading the Fight Against Human Trafficking” with Chris Sambaugh, co-founder of the The Grace Network in Sacramento, a gospel-based anti-trafficking network mobilizing communities throughout the Sacramento region to combat human trafficking. CVJC will be sharing on local human trafficking issues and response.
Register to attend the Engage Missional Life Conference here and share this with others you know who are seeking to live a missional life.
Engage Missional Life Conference Facebook page
Engage Missional Life Conference Website
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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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CVJC and the Center For Community Transformation are partnering with the Fresno Police Department to develop a volunteer team to take hard copy files of Massage Parlor permits for owners and workers and digitize them so the data can be searched. This will free up a detective to do actual checks on massage parlors to be sure they are not fronts for labor or sex trafficking. They need volunteers to be available for two hours on Monday mornings. Times to be worked out with the volunteers.
If you are interested, please contact the FPU Center For Community Transformation at 559-453-2366.