We are excited that word is spreading during our 50/50 Challenge, and local businesses are jumping on board to prevent trafficking in partnership with the Justice Coalition.

Jeb’s Blueberry Hill, a diner located on Saginaw and Blackstone, just a parking lot away from the Justice Coalition’s office, was the first to take the Challenge! Then, at our event last week, Sno Cafe caught the vision and is now a monthly partner as well!

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Stop by and check out the menu at Jeb’s Blueberry Hill
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great food and service for breakfast and lunch! 
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gourmet shave ice is to die for at Sno Cafe, a local dessert truck
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from our 50/50 TakeOver event, June 14, 2017

We are so grateful for them taking a stand with us and investing in prevention work in OUR COMMUNITY that changes people’s lives and brings freedom. We encourage you to check them out, and if you do, tell them thanks on behalf of the Justice Coalition!

Do you run a business or know of a business that needs to hear about our work?

We need MANY MORE business partners to come on board, take the 50/50 Challenge and commit at least $50 a month (or whatever one can start with, monthly or annually). Will you join personally, or even ask a business on our behalf? (We can provide a request letter (complete with tax credit information), a script for you to use, and even do the follow up work.) Email info@justiceco.org or call / message us today! 559.227.8001 (office)

To Join Us NOW sign up HERE!

For more info on what this money is being used for and other ways to give see our Donate page.

 

Human Trafficking 101 and 201 have been a major focus for us this year and we are so excited about the learning and community mobilization that is happening as a result of these classes!

This year, 2 of the 3 classes we have offered have sold out, with a total of 134 attending so far just in the first quarter of the year. We say it each time and mean it: each person who comes is taking a HUGE step towards preventing modern day slavery in our community and in our world.

“It (HT 101 class) is eye-opening and busts a lot of myths, also shows what I can do to help.” – class participant18527908_1664610786896549_5974405855454874889_n

For three hours, participants learn the local and global realities of trafficking and hear real life stories about how it affects men, women, and children who live in our community. It is our hope and prayer that each person leaves knowing ways to take action both immediately and in the future.

In March we offered our first ever Human Trafficking 201 course, developed by our newest staff member, Education Coordinator Christa Wiens. HT 201 focuses on the global realities of trafficking, conscious consumerism, the impact of legislation, and offers participants a chance to hear from other community leaders such as the Fresno Police Department.

CVJC is thrilled to have Christa Wiens in this expanded staff role, as she’s volunteered with us for over two years and is constantly making our presentations and workshops better. Christa is an extremely gifted communicator, and she demonstrates her passion for justice in her day-to-day life.

If you haven’t taken our class, plan ahead now to join us in September! Also, we are constantly needing more people on our prevention team as we receive more and more requests for workshops. Contact our office to get more involved today!

The 50/50 Challenge is a virtual event taking place during the month of June 2017. 50/50 is all about taking a stand against human trafficking because we believe that every life is equally valuable! Accepting the challenge means publicly declaring that no life is more important than another; we are all equal in God’s eyes.

We love banquets, concerts and charity runs but those type of fundraising events can take a lot of resources to pull off.

We know people are super busy and don’t always have time to come to special events. Plus, Fresno in the summer is hot!

So, taking inspiration from a certain delicious ice cream/popsicle treat, we came up with an idea that we think can be innovative and fun at the same time.

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A lot can happen in only a month.

According to data from Central Valley Against Human Trafficking, nearly 18 victims have been identified on average during the first three months of 2017. The Fresno Police Chaplaincy reports that in a 30 day period from 04/11/17-5/11/17 there were 203 calls for runaway juveniles. In the past, as many as 20% of those runaway youth have been identified as victims of trafficking.

Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that we work together to prevent young people from being exploited by traffickers.

As part of the 50/50 Challenge, Central Valley Justice Coalition is looking to raise $2500 in new pledged monthly support. 50 new partners giving $50 a month would make it possible for us to sustain our current prevention/education work and expand it to reach more vulnerable people in the future. Any combination of monthly donors adding up to $2500 works, so $50 is simply a suggestion!

The best things in life are those that we share with others, so it is our hope that 50/50 is something that you will be willing to tell friends, coworkers, family members and neighbors about. We will be using posts, videos, memes, songs, instant messages, tweets, snaps and more to spread the word. If you are already supporting us, we aren’t asking you to GIVE more just to help SHARE this opportunity with those in your social circle!

During the month of June, new pledge partners will receive some special gifts for signing up! A 50/50 refrigerator magnet, free music downloads, and Sno Café desserts are just a few of the ways we want to appreciate those who are coming alongside us.

Will you join us in June for the 50/50 Challenge? Together, let’s take a bite out of injustice!
– Ryan Townsend, executive director.

As part of our new data-gathering focus, we are proud to have partnered with Fresno Pacific University’s Center For Community Transformation to submit a formal report to the new mayoral administration’s far-reaching Fresno Public Policy Initiative.

This data will provide a basis for the initiation of a larger scale, comprehensive study in this geographic area to encourage a cooperative sharing of organizational data among anti-human trafficking entities.

Chaired by Dr. Randy White and Jessica Pittman, the paper is the result of a working group established to advise the city on a key issue related to public safety: human trafficking.

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Using data from 16 different anti-trafficking organizations, the report highlights best practices and makes recommendations for future city involvement and organization in partnership with Community Benefit Organizations and faith groups. Most importantly, this report recognizes the need to find uniform terminology and data collection methods that can allow for comprehensive data of the problem of trafficking. Solutions will be achievable as the scope of the problem becomes clear.

If you’d like to read the whole report, download it here.

Hello everyone and Happy New Year to you all!

On behalf of the Justice Coalition, I am writing to invite your church/faith community to participate in this year’s Freedom Sunday on February 26th. We are busy putting together special “Freedom Sunday in a box” packs that will make it simple for your church to host anywhere from a 5-minute window to an entire worship service.

Freedom Sunday 2017 is coming! from Central Valley Justice Coalition on Vimeo.

Freedom Sunday is an internationally recognized day for the church body to focus on worship, prayer, and action in response to human trafficking (and other forms of slavery), the fastest growing crime in the world.

We will have all of our resources, including a brand-new Freedom Story video, ready to be distributed by January 24th, when we will host a training and informational meeting at Northpark Community Church from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Room 202. You, or a representative from your church, are invited to join us to learn how to simply engage your church in responding to human trafficking from a Christ-centered perspective.

For the first time, this year, we have the capacity to send as many as 15 different speakers to churches across the city. If you’d like to book one of our educators to come speak please reply to this email or call us at 227-8001.

Hope to see you all on January 24th!

Northpark Church is located at 2297 E. Shepherd Ave Fresno, CA 93720.

God bless,

Ryan