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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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In partnership with the Central Valley Justice Coalition, People’s Church and Clovis Hills Community Church present

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls

Thursday, October 4, 2012

7:00 pm
Peoples Church – Main Auditorium
7172 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA 93720

Free admission. Due to content, the screening is recommended for viewers 17 and over. Please be advised that content may be particularly upsetting to some viewers.

Nefarious exposes the dark world of sex trafficking, with accounts from survivors, former sellers, and those working to free victims of sex trafficking. This documentary has a global focus, and is invaluable gaining a deeper understanding the reality of human trafficking.  It includes testimonies of hope and stories of Christ’s redemption in the lives of survivors and former perpetrators.

Promote Nefarious in Your Congregation! We encourage churches to promote Nefarious both within and outside of their congregations. There are huge injustices occuring in the Fresno area relating to human trafficking that can only be addressed through the church. Resources will be available at this event to equip people to get involved locally.

People’s Church is providing promotional materials for churches free of charge (donations are welcome but not required). For more information, publicity materials, or other questions, contact Jed & Bethany von Steinbergs at 559-298-8001 x235 or visit the Nefarious Documentary page on the People’s Church website. To view the Nefarious trailer and learn more information about this documentary, click here.

California Against Slavery is stopping in Fresno on a statewide road trip to expose human trafficking. Daphne Phung, founder of California Against Slavery, will discuss how the California Against Sexual Exploitation Act will help curb human trafficking in our state, how to get involved in the campaign and how to be an effective spokesperson in your community.

When: Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00pm

Where: Fresno State University-University Business Center, PB191, Alice Peters Auditorium. Relaxed Parking available in the UBC lot) Peter’s Building.

Who:Speakers include Daphne Phung (Founder, California Against Slavery) followed by audience question and answer.

What to bring: Just bring yourself and any friends who want to join you – the more, the merrier!

Let us know if you are coming at cvjusticecoalition@gmail.com! See you there.

Christian Worship Center will be hosting a benefit screening of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, on Monday, April 16 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Dinuba Memorial Hall, 249 S Alta Ave, Dinuba, CA. Register for free on the Nefarious website.
Nefarious exposes the world of sex trafficking around the world, including the United States. Ages 13 and over may attend. CVJC recommends that participants be over 17.
The Nefarious team and CVJC will be present to give local information and resources on how to take action.
FREE event, but merchandise will be sold and donations will be given to Exodus Cry. a prayer and advocacy ministry focused on human trafficking
Share the event invite on Facebook.
From the documentary website:
“Nefarious, Merchant of Souls, is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery. From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex slavery that hundreds of thousands experience daily. You’ll see where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work, and where they are confined. You’ll hear first-hand interviews with real victims and traffickers, along with expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders. From initial recruitment to victim liberation—and everything in between—the previously veiled underworld of sex slavery is uncovered in the groundbreaking, tell-all Nefarious, Merchant of Souls.”

Though human trafficking is hidden, victims may be in plain sight. This includes those in schools within our community. Children may be victims of sex trafficking, through gangs or other traffickers. Heartbreakingly, some victims are trafficked by their own families. Children may also be victims of labor trafficking in agricultural labor or other forms of labor. Trafficked children may be kept from going to school, but others may continue as students and that is way it is important for educators to not only be aware of child trafficking, but to learn the red flags that may indicate victimization and  how to respond.
Last year, a Clovis student was rescued after it was found that she was a victim of domestic servitude, working at a family’s house, though they told everyone she was an adopted daughter.
She shared an insight from her experience with future teachers at Fresno Pacific, “If a student can’t explain or doesn’t say what he or she does after school or on the weekends, that is a red flag.”
There are other signs and a teacher with an awareness of the signs can play a part in bringing freedom to a juvenile victim. We also have a national hotline, 888-3737-888, that educators and other can call if they suspect possible human trafficking. The operators are trained and can answer question, advise callers, and dispatch to the appropriate authorities.
On our website is a wealth of simple yet comprehensive resources on our Educators’ page.
We encourage teachers and other educators to attend our trainings during Freedom Week and other times, to request training at their school, and help in the fight against human trafficking of children.