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!

Central Valley Justice Coalition is pleased to present Freedom Week 2012!
We have the privilege of partnering with co-sponsors, Central Valley Freedom Coalition, Faith.Hope.Love, EOC Sanctuary, and We Are One for this unique week to empower the community to end slavery.
During Freedom Week, we will have opportunities to gain knowledge and a greater understanding of the issue of human trafficking specifically in our own community, join with other in seeking God’s heart, and not only learn how we can join together to bring holistic and lasting change in the lives of those impacted by human trafficking and our community so that human trafficking can no longer exist, but have opportunities to take action.
We are partnering with organizations that are part of the fight in their respective fields. We are also seeking to build partnerships with churches and groups in planning and participating in Freedom Week and beyond. And we also want to partner with you, community members in the Central Valley.
We invite you to join in, tell others, and seek God’s heart together with us in how He wants to change us, our community, and the lives of others so that slavery no more will exist in the Central valley.
Go to the Freedom Week Website for more information.

We have a volunteer meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at Fresno First Baptist. Follow the link for more info.

California Against Slavery just launched a petition drive for the California Against Sexual Exploitation Act. See our previous post for more information.

Like to help gain signatures so that this initiative can make it on the November ballot and live in the Fresno or Tulare County area? Sign up on the CAS website, then contact your county’s CAS Volunteer Leader

Natischa of Faith.Hope.Love is the new coordinator for Fresno County and can be reached at info@fhl-ministries.com.

Brandi of Central Valley Justice Coalition is the contact for Tulare County and may be reached at 725-1865 or brandi.nusevillegas@yahoo.com

Devotion Meditation

“Truly He taught us to love one another. His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother and in His name all oppression shall cease.”

Jesus’ incarnation was the realization of the hope that our  weary world  longed for. Jesus, the beloved Son of God, became man to bring justice in the world; to reconcile us to Himself through His death and resurrection; to bring wholeness and healing everywhere there is brokenness.

This season, spend time savoring and meditating on the  promises He declared in such scriptures as  Is. 9:1-7, Is. 42, Is. 60, and Is. 61,  that were realized in Christ. Savor hymns like O Holy Night.  Savor Him. Let it fill you with hope of the reality of the Light that has come, that is relentlessly reaching into every dark place to bring life and justice, and that no place is too big or small. Pray for those impacted by human trafficking, such as victims, perpetrators, and communities, with confidence in His persistent love and life up every burden in your life in the light of His extravagant grace. Rest in His love and rejoice in Him.

O Holy Night, Sara Groves


In order to reach out to more to of our communiy and best share information and resources, Central Valley Justice Coalition has several new social media pages.
We are now sharing updates and other information on Google+ , Twitter under CVJC_Updates,
Tumblr, Myspace, and Facebook, both a general information sharing page and a group for those interested in staying involved and supporting CVJC.
Help us get others informed and involved by sharing these with those in your circle who would be interested.
We also have a new website for Freedom Week.