“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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com (“prayer” in the subject line).
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On Tuesday, May 14, over 30 local pastors and spiritual leaders toured Fresno yesterday and saw first hand the intensity of human trafficking in our city.
The group was taken on a bus tour throughout Fresno, stopping at locations where human trafficking happens regularly. Fresno PD shared true stories of both the horrific realities of human trafficking and also the success stories of transformed lives. Back at People’s church, the group heard testimonies from one of our ministry partners, Christine Riley, who shared her story as a human trafficking survivor. Sgt. Curtis Chastain, head of the Fresno Police Department Human Trafficking Vice Unit, Jessica Pittman of Central Valley Justice Coalition, and Andrea Shabaglian of Made For Them were also among many who cast vision at this event.
The event was an incredible opportunity for the leaders to dive in and be more attentive to the need for their congregations to be involved in the fight against human trafficking and how they can partner with local organizations. Jessica Pittman noted after the event, “God continues to remind us he is a God of justice and mercy! Thanks to all our partners who work around the clock to bring freedom to those who have been oppressed, and thanks to Christine for sharing her story and for partnering with our Coalition.”
KSEE 24 and CBS 47 covered well not only the event, but information on the reality of human trafficking in the Central Valley. The reports can be viewed at the links below:
“Combatting Human Trafficking In the Central Valley” KSEE 24, 5/13/13
“Valley Pastors Learn First Hand About Fresno’s Human Trafficking Problems” CBS 47, 5/3/13
This event was presented by Made for Them and Fresno Police Department, and we hope to have information soon about the next tour. Sign up for our e-newsletter so you will be notified about upcoming opportunities!