Some ten years ago, on the campus of Fresno First Baptist Church, a movement began. It was fueled, at first, by a not-yet-informed yet determined passion. We started to see things on the streets and in our neighborhoods with new eyes.

We started listening to stories of real women and men whose lives had taken unforeseen turns.

We saw the pain in the eyes of those who felt they had no options.

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We prayed. We asked questions, often of ourselves. We researched, listened, and asked more questions. We gathered others, and the movement continued to grow.
On 1.1.11 we launched. From the beginning, Fresno First Baptist Church has been integral to our work. Many people have supported us through prayer, giving, advocating and volunteering. Each Pastor that has led FFBC has taken on the charge of calling the Church in the Valley to fight for freedom.

We really can’t express our gratitude for the gifts and grace given to us by this community. From Pastor Willie Nolte and Pastor Bryan Hitch when we first began to our current champions Pastor Manny Collazo and Brooke Ortiz, we truly could not have done it without you! And we will keep doing it with you. This tribute comes with deep sincerity as we now look to the future.173013_10150150548721145_2814810_o

So it is a bittersweet time but we are looking to a future filled with possibilities! As a team, we have prayed for over a year about the potential of moving. We are thankful that our partners at Fresno First and Aspen Public School are growing and there is a shortage of space!

We know we leave them well-trained and equipped to continue as a light and beacon of hope to the people in the neighborhood around 1400 E Saginaw. Now, God has a whole new neighborhood for us to influence less than 2 miles away.

We moved into our new space February 1, 2018. We are grateful for the partnership with Aplos Software who is renting their facility to us.

We couldn’t be more thrilled about this new chapter that is just beginning. Will you help write it?

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Come join Central Valley Justice Coalition in kicking off National Human Trafficking Awareness Month!

Monday, January 6, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Fresno First Baptist Church Parlor (1400 W. Saginaw Ave., Fresno 93704)

The evening includes a brief training for Freedom Sunday

Freedom Sunday is February 2, 2014! CVJC wants to equip you and your church (or place of worship) to join in this day of prayer, worship, and response on behalf of those who are trapped in modern day slavery. This 30 minute training includes resources and tools for sharing 5 minutes (or more) at your church about human trafficking in the Fresno area and how to partner with us to end it

Followed by a time of prayer

Prayer is central to all we do – God moves and acts when we gather together in his name! We want to begin 2014 (and National Human Trafficking Awareness Month) on our knees. We will be praying for God’s freedom and justice to flood our Valley, bringing transformation to the lives of all affected by human trafficking. The time will be guided with scripture, media and specific prayer points, held just across from the Parlor in the Memorial Chapel.

If you can’t attend Monday night, come for 

Freedom Sunday Training & Prayer    

Tuesday, January 7th, 12p-1pm (doors open for networking until 1:30p)

Fresno First Baptist Church Parlor.  Beverages provided, bring your own lunch          

Find Freedom Sunday resources on our website here

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“It is for freedom that Christ set us free!” Gal 5:1

February 2, 2014  churches across the Central Valley are uniting to proclaim freedom for all who enslaved in modern day slavery.

Join in standing against human trafficking and other forms of slavery and FOR the freedom found in Christ Jesus! Sign up here to let us know you are participating. See our new Freedom Sunday page for more info and resources.

Feb 2nd is around the corner and we want to equip YOU with tools and resources for your congregation. Please join us for Freedom Freedom Sunday Training!

When: Tues, Jan 7th, 12 – 1pm (doors open until 1:30)

JUST ADDED! Monday, Jan 6, 7pm. This evening includes brief training, and a larger focus on worship and prayer for 2014 (in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness month).

Where: Fresno First Baptist Parlor (on southeast side of campus, close to Lansing Ave)

1400 E Saginaw Way

Fresno 93704

Click on the following link for a short video on Human Trafficking in Fresno: http://vimeo.com/66281458.

Don’t wait til after Christmas to bring this to the attention of your church leaders! 

On November 21, the Fresno City Council will be voting on a ordinance to revised laws pertaining to massage parlors in an effort to eradicate human trafficking in illicit businesses.

The Central Valley Justice Coalition and other partners will be present at the meeting in support of the ordinance and we invite YOU to stand with us!

Where: Fresno City Hall, council chambers
When: Thursday, Nov 21st, 1:30pm

Questions? Email us at cvjusticecoalition@gmail.com or call 559-725-1865

Additional Info on  Ordinances:
Info Sheet: Massage Business Ordinance

Some important points concerning the ordinance:
• According to Fresno Police Department, since 2008, massage establishments in Fresno increased from 30 to well over 200 establishments
• Visible indicators of potential human trafficking have been found in Fresno.
See our report on human trafficking in massage parlors
• The proposed ordinance was developed from one created by Polaris Project, the national organization that heads the Human Trafficking Hotline.(See the Model Massage Parlor Ordinance document on the Polaris Project website here)

HOW DOES THE ORDINANCE PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
• Requires visibility from the street to see into the massage
parlor, doors cannot be locked when open for business
• Operational hours are limited to 7am-9pm
• Extensive background information and certifications required for a city permit, including all employees to be registered with CAMTC (California Massage Therapy Council)
• No advertisements that suggest commercial sex
• Significant increase in fines and harsher penalties for
violations.

Also see: HELPING with MASSAGE PARLOR POLICY LOCALLY,

Central Valley Justice Coalition will be part of a session on human trafficking at the 2013 Engage Missional Life Conference on Friday and Saturday October 18-19 in Fresno.
The Engage Missional Life Conference focus is equip believers to be “totally committed to living the love of God in all circumstances where people meet Jesus through our grace, compassion, forgiveness, caring, & loving Lifestyle.” In includes workshops taught by those in organizations here and all over the world with opportunities to connect with mission organizations and like-minded people.
We will be co-presenting a workshop at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19 called “Piercing the Darkness: God’s People Leading the Fight Against Human Trafficking” with Chris Sambaugh, co-founder of the The Grace Network in Sacramento, a gospel-based anti-trafficking network mobilizing communities throughout the Sacramento region to combat human trafficking. CVJC will be sharing on local human trafficking issues and response.
Register to attend the Engage Missional Life Conference here and share this with others you know who are seeking to live a missional life.
Engage Missional Life Conference Facebook page
Engage Missional Life Conference Website
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