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I found this image online last week as I was looking for something to show my gratitude to the hundreds of people who are participating in Freedom Sunday this month.  Though it may not be Fresno, I felt it accurately reflects the love we have for our city and the people in it.

Thank you for partnering with us.

 

In sharing with churches about Human Trafficking in Fresno, I’m drawn to the incident in Luke 7 where Jesus is anointed by the woman. It’s such a beautiful display of love for her savior after realizing how much debt had been paid… a proclamation of freedom and an act of true love! (Read it here.) To know your debt has been paid is the most freeing experience of all! Nothing can hold you back anymore! Think of a time when you were forgiven, when your life was spared, when grace overcame and all you could do was say “Thank You Jesus”…

 

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She poured out her most valuable possession and risked being criticized by those around her because she had the FREEDOM that only Christ can bring to LOVE him more than anything…

Jesus says,  “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.  Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” 

Oh to be the “sinful woman” at Jesus feet. To understand how much has been forgiven and how free I really am because of God’s great love for us… oh to have that repeated throughout our city streets and churches and brothels and night clubs in Fresno… in the hearts of men and women on the streets… among the trafficked and the saved…

 

May you know the freedom of forgiveness today and understand how much you are truly loved. 

–Kelly Mitchinson, CVJC Staff

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!

Welcome to The Central Valley Justice Coalition website! Thank you for visiting.
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 cvjusticecoalition@gmail.com

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.

Central Valley Justice Coalition is pleased to invite our supporters to attend Mount Hermon Conference Center’s conference entitled “The Church and Human Trafficking,”which will take place  June 1-3.
This three-day camping event is set in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains and is a collaborative effort to connect, encourage and equip Christ-followers in Central California who care deeply about human trafficking.
The event includes four great general sessions, four seminars with multiple choices including beginning to advanced content, prevention, victim advocacy, rescue and aftercare, updates on current issues in our local area, global topics, self-care for workers, practical ways individuals and churches can be involved, a fair trade boutique and exhibit hall with resources, and recreation opportunities for relationship building and refreshment.
Main speakers include Mark Labberton, a professor, author, speaker and pastor with many  years of ministry experience engaging hearts and minds for social justice, and Zachary Hunt, a young activist,  leader and author of the youth-oriented book “Be The Change.”
Organizations involved include Bay Area Coalition for Anti-Trafficking, Out of Egypt, Salvation Army, San José Police Department,South Bay Coalition, and iSanctuary. Central Valley Justice Coalition will also be present at the exhibit hall.
Go to http://mounthermon.org/adult/professionals/human-trafficking for more information and to register.
 Contact us if you plan on attending, so we can keep track of all the Central Valley participants.
Break forth like the dawn… (Isa. 58:8)

2011 had been, to say the least, quite a year for Central valley Justice Coalition.
In 2011, we publicly launched CVJC. On 1-11-11, we did We Are One, a city-wide united worship and advocacy event. The We Are One team decided to focus on human trafficking trafficking in the area this year and invited us to team up with them. We also partnered by EOC Sanctuary, Central Valley Against Human Trafficking, Beauty For Ashes, the Fresno Police Department, the Vineyard Church, and others to not only present the reality of human trafficking, but give opportunity to respond in worship, prayer, education, and other action.
This event launched us into our education and training work. Throughout the year we had the incredible opportunity to train people in the community on human trafficking identification, outreach and project participation, awareness of the presence human trafficking in illicit massage parlors, on the streets, and in other locations in the Valley, and so forth.
We had the privilege of speaking and providing resources at the Fresno City Summit, Fresno Pacific University College Hour, and Jaron Ministries’ CODE3 event.
This gave us the incredible opportunity to meet and connect with many of you. It is humbling and exciting to meet others in the community who have had a heart for justice and freedom to those who are oppressed and were trying to find a way to get involved locally.
We’re all being drawn together and it’s beautiful.
Partnership is vital and we are honored to have had the opportunity this year to help build partnerships with other organizations and groups who have an important role in this effort. We recognized that there are those who can better meet needs we identified and have found so many local groups with whom we now have the privilege to work.
We have the honor to have released one of our leaders to form a partner organization, Faith.Hope.Love, which is focused on prevention and meeting needs regarding minor sex trafficking.
We are grateful for the many rescues that have occurred: 47 precious survivors in this area in the past year and honored to assist Central Valley Against Human Trafficking with providing resources to the beautiful survivors we celebrate.
It has also been a year of development for our group, as God has been revealing to us who we are and what we are called to do. Everything else has come out of that great partnership.
We are working with our new and old partners, churches and organizations, to launch the first Freedom Week, which will be proclaimed by the City of Fresno.
The incredible thing is, this is only the very beginning. We expect to see this work provide the foundation for an incredible collaborative work of love that will result in freedom throughout the Central Valley.
For all of you who have prayed, attended our events, took the initiative to move forward, or otherwise have supported this work in our community, thank you! We look forward to partnering with you in this new year!