At the core of our mission is the idea that Partnerships and Prevention are essential in standing up to the evil of human trafficking.

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Through education and awareness we believe that we can prevent vulnerable people from being exploited by empowering them with the information to make choices that lead to freedom and not into slavery.

Last week, Central Valley Justice Coalition partnered with North Fresno Church’s youth ministry for a night of education, awareness and prayer around the issue of human trafficking locally and globally.

We encouraged the students to make just consumer decisions, urged them to use their voices to be advocates for freedom, and gave a breakdown on how to identify trafficking.

A group presentation with small group breakout sessions is also a perfect time to train students on how to respond through giving them access to resources and equipping them with information and ongoing support.
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With separate small group sessions for Middle School and High School students, we are also able to keep the night age-appropriate and relevant for youth of any age.

Wednesday night it was also exciting and inspiring to introduce our new line of t-shirts and add dozens more #FreedomStory photos to our mobile art installation.

We believe that young people are the future and investing in them is the only way to see to slavery end in our lifetime!

If you’d like to inquire about CVJC coming to your youth ministry, club or school, please contact us so we can discuss partnering to prevent human trafficking.

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One of our partners, Faith.Hope.Love is focus on both outreach to victims and survivors of domestic minor trafficking and prevention of child trafficking. They have been working with other partnering agencies dealing with foster care as well as outreach groups and survivors themselves and we are grateful for the work they are doing.
Faith.Hope.Love will have a Tri-Tip Take-out Dinner fundraiser to support their work on Saturday, February 25 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. as part of Freedom Week, at 7948 N Maple Ave, Fresno CA 93720. (SE corner of Maple and Nees)
The dinner includes barbecue chicken and tri-tip, rice, salad, and barbecue beans.
Dinner tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Purchase four tickets for $40 and the 5th meal half off. (advanced ticket sales only)
To order tickets, send checks to FHL Ministries P.O. Box 25871 Fresno, CA 93729 by February 18 2012.

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.