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!
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The mission of CVJC is to empower the church and community to bring holistic and lasting change in the lives of those impacted by human trafficking.
Currently, the leadership of CVJCis in the midst of a season of prayer and evaluation of our organization and community. We are partnering with others in efforts to end modern day slavery and are doing limited work directly with survivors of human trafficking in the Valley during this time.
We encourage you to connect with our partners, who are also hard at work in outreach, survivors support, prevention, and other efforts. Please visit our info page titled Local Organizations for more information on each group. Also, see Local Opportunities to explore ways you can get involved locally.
We also welcome you to explore and use our online resources.
CVJC is providing limited resources, referrals and consultations during this time. Contact us at 559-725-1865 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest in ending human trafficking in the Central Valley, and may God bless, challenge, and equip you as you move forward.