World Refugee day

“Our responses to refugees must be grounded in our shared values of responsibility sharing, non-discrimination, and human rights and in international refugee law, including the principle of non-refoulement.” — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Exploitation preys on vulnerability. I see it in the faces of the victims and survivors of human trafficking who come through our office in Fresno, CA. Some of them have been refugees, many have been U.S. citizens. But the struggle is the same, whether we are talking about the risks to foster youth at home or the large numbers of displaced people who are at-risk of being trafficked.

Our faith, actually, just our basic humanity, demands that we speak up and defend those who are vulnerable to exploitation. Will you join us today in prayer but also in action, on behalf of those whose voices are being drowned out by the evil of slavery and violence?

Today’s global observance of WRD comes at a crucial time after a record-breaking 65.3 million people were displaced from their homes by the end of 2015, according to a report released by the United Nations on Monday. (source: USA Today)

Ryan Townsend, Executive Director.

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My Life My Choice is an evidence-based prevention curriculum that provides a concrete, well-researched method for preventing commercial sexual exploitation among vulnerable adolescent girls.

My Life My Choice groups can be offered weekly in schools, group homes, and other community settings.

This past Monday and Tuesday, CVJC and Youth For Christ hosted over 50 people who were trained to facilitate the class at Fresno EOC’s Nielsen Conference Center. We were excited to offer the training to 6 of our educators in preparation to offer this resource across the valley in 2016.

YFC and CVJC have already partnered together to offer two full sessions and two mini-sessions of My Life My Choice at the Juvenile Justice Campus. As a result of this partnership, 5 girls have already disclosed that they were victims of trafficking or abuse.

“I really enjoyed the classes we have been able to come to. I can never explain how much this has helped me. Before this, I wouldn’t even talk about my past. I felt chained down and scared. Now, shoot! I feel free and I feel stronger than I ever have. I have high hopes for a better future. And thank you for all you guys have done for us. I could never thank ya’ll enough for helping me find my voice.” – Teen Survivor of Sex Trafficking

For more information on how you can partner with us to bring My Life My Choice to at-risk to youth in your field, please contact Associate Director Jessica Pittman, jessica@cvjusticecoalition, or call our office 559.227.8001.

thank-you-very-much-paint-designsWe are STOKED to announce our grand total. As of today, we have raised $10,317* towards the Freedom Fund!

(*Disclaimer, our staff is still checking on what may be additional donations. So the grand total may be a bit more! Also, did you know it’s actually #Giving Tuesday today? If you haven’t given, know we met our matching grant goal but have quite a lot of fund raising left to do for 2016. Get your donation in before the year ends by giving today or ANYTIME!)

With the matching funds, that amounts to $20,317 that will go directly to taking on human trafficking head on! We can’t thank you enough for your gifts, prayers and partnerships. When you invest in CVJC by giving financially, here’s just a short list of things that we see happen in very real ways:

  • God’s faithfulness and provision is celebrated! We step out in faith when we make these goals, and God keeps showing up!
  • Our leadership team and partners are encouraged and inspired, knowing we have people believing in us and this work enough to give precious resources towards preventing human trafficking helps to fuel our efforts year round!
  • Victims, survivors and advocates hear loud and clear that THE CHURCH AND COMMUNITY BELIEVE ALL SHOULD BE FREE.

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We’re praising God for blessing us through your generosity! May you be blessed in return for giving!

From the bottom of our hearts we thank you.

 

 

Even though our Matching Grant deadline may be over, we still need monthly donors to have continual support of our work. If you feel led to give a monthly donation of any kind, please CLICK HERE and follow the instructions.

We’re humbled to be a part of this great work.

CVJC continues to lead guided prayer times in the areas of our city most impacted by human trafficking.  If you want to learn more about human trafficking related issues in our community and find out how to pray accordingly, we invite you to join us! We will walk the streets in small groups led by the Justice Coalition’s staff and pray together as we seek God’s heart and vision for our neighborhoods.

Friday, February 28th

8:30pm

Find out more HERE (click to read more about this month’s prayer night)

To reserve your spot, download the waiver to info@cvjusticecoalition.com no later than Wednesday, February 26th. PRAYfor FREEDOM_waiver2014

Remember to join us for our Partner’s Gathering on Tuesday, March 4th at 12pm! We will spend time assessing the realities of human trafficking in our community based on specific criteria, and value your input as we move into a new season as a Coalition and as a city.