Christian Worship Center will be hosting a benefit screening of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, on Monday, April 16 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Dinuba Memorial Hall, 249 S Alta Ave, Dinuba, CA. Register for free on the Nefarious website.
Nefarious exposes the world of sex trafficking around the world, including the United States. Ages 13 and over may attend. CVJC recommends that participants be over 17.
The Nefarious team and CVJC will be present to give local information and resources on how to take action.
FREE event, but merchandise will be sold and donations will be given to Exodus Cry. a prayer and advocacy ministry focused on human trafficking
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From the documentary website:
“Nefarious, Merchant of Souls, is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery. From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex slavery that hundreds of thousands experience daily. You’ll see where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work, and where they are confined. You’ll hear first-hand interviews with real victims and traffickers, along with expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders. From initial recruitment to victim liberation—and everything in between—the previously veiled underworld of sex slavery is uncovered in the groundbreaking, tell-all Nefarious, Merchant of Souls.”

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.

Fresno H.O.P.E. is joining in the effort to end human trafficking in the Central Valley, their Firehouse Prayer ministry will have a time of prayer focused on justice and human trafficking every Monday, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. 2767 E. Shaw, #103, Fresno. Fresno H.O.P.E. is serving in this specific area through Exodus Cry, an international human trafficking prayer ministry.
If you are interested in helping lead or for more information, email us at cvjusticecoalition@gmail.com.
If you would like to partner with us in prayer, but can’t make these meetings, contact us.

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!