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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City Without Orphans, one of our amazing partners will have a Fostering and Adoption 101 Workshop at NorthPointe Community Church on Sunday, February 26th from 2-4pm. Click here to register.

One of the greatest ways that human trafficking can be prevented among children is by foster children receiving love and support. A large percent of sex trafficking victims are/were foster care children.

City Without Orphans’ vision is “to pray and labor towards a day where there will be no more temporary orphans in Fresno. No more children waiting to be placed in a foster home or waiting to be adopted. Instead, every child who has been abused, abandoned or neglected will have a willing family waiting to give them the love and healthy home they deserve. Then Fresno will truly be a “city on a hill that cannot be hidden,” giving light and hope to the rest of the world.”

There will also be an art exhibit   by foster kids through Heart Gallery, this Thursday, February 2, at at the Downtown Community Arts Collective located at 754 P. Street Fresno, Ca 93721. Come and see pictures of real children in Fresno County needing loving homes! Snacks will be provided.

In the fight against slavery, a great need are stronger laws to prosecute those who commit human trafficking crimes and protect victims. Currently
California Against Slavery, a non-profit grassroots looking to strengthen anti-human trafficking laws in California, is working on initiative to pass such kaws.
They are currently launching a signature campaign to place an initiative on the 2012. Visit WWW.CaliforniaAgainstSlavery.org for more details or leave questions at their Fremont office (510)473-7283.

CAS will have a training for those interested in helping gain signatures for their initiative in Visalia:

“CASE Act Initiative – Stronger anti-human trafficking laws for CA.” Training for CAS Volunteer Petition Circulator
Tuesday, November 29th, from 6-8pm
At Community Service Employment Training (CSET)
312 N. W. 3rd Ave. Visalia, Ca. 93291
The training is being hosted by ACT For Girls and Women Co-Director Erin Garner-Ford

RSVP: Space is limited. *$10 fee includes T-shirt & campaign materials*
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