Let's Join Together in the Fight!

image76

Los Angeles is doing an outstanding job to fight human trafficking with groups like CAST LA who is working with The Protect program to bring Human Trafficking awareness into schools.   Dignity Health is one example of instituting a program to train health professionals how to recognize victims and how to talk to them.  The LA Human Trafficking Task Force is running fake ads in places like Backpage.  When buyers call in, they get a chat bot who texts them back and forth and at one point, the buyer is informed that what they are doing is illegal and their information has been passed onto the LA Human Trafficking Task Force. While these efforts are working to reduce human trafficking, unless we as the faith community get "up the river" to prevent human trafficking, it will never end.

image77

So how do we get "up the river?"  We come together as a coalition and empower our men to be leaders in raising awareness regarding the destructive nature of porn and how it creates demand for sex trafficking victims. We invite a representative from a local foster care organization to come speak at our services to recruit good foster parents, given that over 70% of victims are from the foster care system.  We can work with the city to close down the illegal massage parlors.  We can host a fair trade table at our church and school fairs to educate people that over 2/3 of all human trafficking in the world is labor trafficking and by being responsible for purchasing imported products that state "fair trade," we reduce demand. We can do a fundraiser for a local non-profit. These are just five examples of how we can prevent human trafficking. The book "How You Can Fight Human Trafficking, Over 100 Ways to Make a Difference" offers many more actions.

image78

How We End It

Social scientists tell us that once we reach a critical mass of awareness and people taking action, the social issue will be resolved.  Until that critical mass of 10% is reached,  it is like rolling a rock uphill and there isn't enough traction so groups often fall apart.  Once critical mass is reached, there is velocity.  If it took 10 years to reach 10%, it only takes 2 to 3 years to reach 20%.  In Los Angeles, about 1.5% of faith communities are taking action in the fight against human trafficking.  There is another 7% to 8% who are thinking of doing something, so they meet and think about it and it takes time.  When they can come to a meeting to find out how to act and only have to simply duplicate what others are doing they quickly move into action. At these coalition meetings, faith communities inspire and encourage each other and report on what they are doing. Then during the second half of the meeting people meet with those groups they are interested in collaborating with.   This model will have us quickly reach the 10%.


Resources

East LA City and County Faith Coalition Meetings

image79

So Cal Faith Coalitions Against Human Trafficking

Faith Leaders in East L.A. City and County are inviting churches, synagogues, temples etc. to come together to share resources and educate each other on how to take action in the fight against human trafficking as a faith community. This is not a public event. This is a networking event for the purpose of empowering people who are pastors or ministry/ committee leaders in their faith community or people who feel called to take a leadership role in the fight against human trafficking. Whether you are already taking action or want to take action in the fight against Human Trafficking, this meeting is for you.  Please RSVP to ucanfightht@outlook.com for meeting locations.

Jewish/SDA Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Sunday, February 24th. 1 P.M. to 3 P.M.. The National Council of Jewish women and 7th Day Adventist Leaders are supportive partners for this coalition. These groups need a Sunday meeting because Saturday is their Holy Day. There will also be leaders from the faith community at large.

East L.A. City and South/East L.A. County Faith Coalition

May 11th, 2019.  9 to 11 AM. This coalition includes churches, synagogues and temples, etc.  in the cities of  Commerce, Pico Rivera, Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, Bell Gardens, La Mirada, Montebello, Norwalk,  Downey,South L.A., Compton, Lynwood, South Gate, Huntington Park, Bellflower and Paramount.

San Gabriel/Pomona Valley Faith Coalition

March 30th, 2019. 9 to 11 A.M.- This coalition includes churches synagogues, temples, etc. in the Pomona and San Gabriel Valley. 

San Fernando/Simi Valley Faith Coalition

May 18th, 2019.  9 to 11 A.M. This coalition includes churches, synagogues and temples, etc. in the cities of Glendale, North Hollywood, Burbank and the San Fernando and Simi Valley.

Black Faith Coalition Against Human Trafficking

June 29th, 2019.  9 A.M. to 12 P.M. This coalition is a collaboration between So Cal Faith Coalitions, the Compton Human Trafficking Task Force and several prominent churches.

Taks Forces and Meetings by Other Groups

image80

Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force

March 7th  - 9:30 to 11:30 A.M.Dollarhide Community Center. 301 N Tamarind Ave, Compton.

June 27th - 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. California Endowment:1000 Alameda St. Los Angeles

To find out more about L.A. Task Forces please go to http://lahumantrafficking.com/events

Men Standing Against Trafficking (MSAT)

May 2nd - 6 P.M. Purpose Church, Pomona.  Rm 100.  Men Stand for 1.5 hours in the evening holding signs up on the corners where Prostitution is the most prevalent.  The efforts encourages victims to seek help and wakes up the community that human trafficking is happening where they live.   Please contact Jay at jayw@purposechurch.com

San Gabriel Valley Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting

For monthly meeting dates, please email alma below. 

The Salvation Army Pasadena, 960 W. Walnut St. Pasadena. 

Questions? Please email alma.hirasuna@usw.salvationarmy.org

Everyone Free

Everyone Free is a ministry out of Purpose Church in Pomona.  586 N. Main St., Pomona. They do Freedom Bag stuffing where anyone 14 years or older can participate.  They also have volunteer meetings for their various anti-human trafficking activities,  Meetings are on Saturdays on the following dates from 9 to 10:15.  Volunteer meeting starts at 10:15 and ends at 11.  Meeting date for 2019 are February 9, May 18, August 10 and November 16.  For more information, please contact Shawna Cheesum. shawna@everyonefree.org 

Santa Clarita Human Trafficking Task Force

This task force meets the first Thursday of the month at 2 P.M.   Please email pastor Dan Broyles for meeting locations at pastordan@valenciahills.com


  


Upcoming Events

image81

January 2019 Events

January 9th -8:30 to 4:30 Intersect Summit at the Galen Center, University of Southern California. This dynamic event will include speakers, workgroups, exhibits, etc. To purchase tickets please go to https://iempathize.org/events/intersectsummit/


January 12th, Human Trafficking Walk - 9 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.  Blessed Sacrament Church. 6657 W. Sunset Blvd. Hollywood.  Hear from survivors and join the community to walk in protest of human trafficking.


January 12th - 10 to 1 Forum on Human Trafficking with powerful speakers. There will also be a fair trade fair and food trucks. Walk from 1 to 2. Downey Adult School located at 12340 Woodruff Ave. Downey


January 13th - Freedom and Fashion, 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. Temple Isiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles.  We invite you to a one-of-a-kind fashion show featuring beautiful designs created by survivors of human trafficking. Learn how the Freedom and Fashion organization helps abused and homeless teens move forward with their lives by offering them career opportunities. Come listen to their stories and view their works on the runway. To purchase tickets, please go to http://www.templeisaiah.com/freedomandfashion 


January 17th 6:00pm, Human trafficking Forum/MSAT- Event will host a special night featuring a survivor who will share her story of exploitation and healing. Men Standing Against Trafficking will take place right after our speaker.  (Please see description of MSAT in the section above)  This night is for everyone, age 14 and older.  Refreshments provided. Purpose Church, Room H100, 586 N. Main St., Pomona, CA 91768.

  

January 24th- 7-8:30pm, Free the Captives Human Trafficking Panel at Azusa Pacific University.   Azuza Pacific University - 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azuza

 

January 24th-  6:30 to 8:30 P.M. Seduced: The Grooming of America's Teenagers - Free Event- Sunland Neighborhood Church - 10632 Oro Vista Ave., Sunland. Appropriate for 13 years old and older.  (Ages 11 & 12 Parental Discretion) This seminar will be for families with teens.  Human trafficking is now impacting our kids via live streaming and online video game chat rooms.  Learn how to protect your kids from this very real danger.

February 2019 Events

February 8th - 6 P.M to 8 P.M. "Pipeline from Foster Care to Homelessness to Human Trafficking" Event presented by One LA-IAF Civic Academy.  An Evening of Education, Collaboration and Commitment. Event will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church 1955 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles.


February 9th - 9 -1 P.M. "Hearts Open, Chains Broken," an event by the Youth Peace Movement Conference for Parents and Adults. San Gabriel Mission church hall.  416 S. Mission Dr. San Gabriel

March 2019 Events

March 1-2 Ensure Justice Conference at Vanguard University, Costa Mesa. 

The Theme of the conference is "When Home Isn't Safe." Our goal is to bring together experts on the subject matter, foster learning, and provoke conversations that grow collaborative efforts. Ensure Justice is a two-day conference focused on equipping teachers, law enforcement, students, and community members to protect and intervene for women and children at high-risk of exploitation and violence. Understanding the contributing factors of human trafficking that run deep will inform innovative strategies for future prevention. Please go to their site to register : https://www.vanguard.edu/research/gcwj/events/ensure-justice


March 29-30. 2019 See It - End It! Human Trafficking Film and Arts Festival at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St. and at the Grand Annex at 434 W 6th in San Pedro.  On Friday, the festival will be open from 6 P.M. to 10 P.M. and on Saturday the festival will be open form 10 A.M. to 10 P.M.

The Art Festival will showcase film and the arts in raising awareness of human trafficking both domestic and international, and provide connection to organizations and agencies working combat this growing criminal activity.

Through diverse genre and art forms, the See It - End It Festival will demonstrate that there is a place for everyone to use their talents, businesses, networks and passion to assist in the fight against human exploitation. We encourage greater use of the arts in achieving domestic and global awareness and to provide strategies to end human trafficking.

​We are calling on virgin and veteran filmmakers and artists to employ their craft in exposing modern day slavery, painting it into a corner, dancing around it till it's dizzy and then shutting the curtain on its discordant presence in our world. 

Contact us for information about submitting your artwork and films to the See it End it Human Trafficking Film Festival. Join us in making this the greatest event to end human trafficking of its kind! To purchase tickets please go to https://www.seeitendit.com/


March 30 - AMBASSADOR TRAINING: BE A POINT PERSON FOR FOSTER CARE MINISTRY AT YOUR CHURCH 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  By the Coalition of Christian Foster Care Ministries.  Crossroads Church 1900 East South Street, Long Beach. Kids in foster care are one of the most at-risk populations for human trafficking. Your presence in these children's lives could make all the difference, ensuring they don't fall between the cracks and lowering the  chances for them to be targeted by a trafficker. Note: You must be recommended by your pastor to attend.  Please register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ambassador-training-be-a-point-person-for-foster-care-ministry-at-your-church-tickets-55560701554


March 30th - Breaking the Cycle. Film Documentary Film.  5 P.M. to 8 P.M. This film outlines the vulnerability of foster youth to become victims of human trafficking  Event will be at the Husar Fine Art, 8670 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 114 Los Angeles. Tickets are  $25  All Profits will go to Face Forward a non profit the helps with reconstructive face surgery for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Event includes Wine & Hor d’oeuvres, and art exhibit and more.  For more information, you can contact cryheard@aol.com. To purchase tickets, go to Eventbrite and search for "Breaking the Cycle" or click on this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breaking-the-cycle-documentary-tickets-56472779604?aff=eac2

Second Quarter 2019 Events

April 12th at Midnight. KKLA radio show on what the faith community can do to fight human trafficking with guest Susan Patterson.  This show will also be on iTunes under “Apologetics.com Radio show."


April 13th - Cry, Heard, Support presents the ASK Conference. Prevention of Sexual Violence.  10 A.M. to 1 P.M. New Testament Church Community Center. 1941 W. Florence Ave.  Los Angeles. Speakers will be local law enforcement, YWCA and Teens Against Sexual Violence


April 15th - 19th - The book "How You Can Fight Human Trafficking, Over 100 Ways to Make a Difference" is free as a kindle book at Amazon.  Just select "buy now" and the amount will come up as zero (0).  Amazon Kindle can be downloaded to almost any device.


May 2nd - National Day of Prayer.  Please gather with the community at 11:45 until 1 P.M. at Los Angeles City Hall 200 N. Spring Street Los Angeles. South Lawn


May 13th - The next meeting for the LAPD Interfaith Clergy Council will address Human Trafficking.  Meeting will be from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Holman United Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd. L.A. There will be a panel made up of  Sgt Watkins –LAPD Community  Engagement Group. Lt Watts-Detective Support & Vice Division. Philip Gnaedig – CASTLA, co-lead agency of LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force. Susan Patterson – Director of SoCal Faith Coalitions Against Human Trafficking. 


May 17th - 5 P.M. "Brave, This is Me" event. This empowerment event is for middle school, high school, and young adult women of all backgrounds.  At BRAVE, these girls will experience fun in community and learn they are valued and purposed.  We want to see these girls be strong and free!  Contact: tamiko@everyonefree.org to volunteer, donate, or learn more! Event will be held in the B Building, Purpose Church, 586 N. Main St., Pomona.


May 18th - 9:30 - 12:00.  Human Trafficking Forum at St. Frances Cabrini. 3801 Scot Rd.  Burbank.              Panel Speakers are:  Det. Ray Bercini, Detective with L.A. Sherriff Department ‘s Human Trafficking Taskforce  

Mary David, Director of Communications with “Journey Out,” a non-profit organization combating human trafficking  Dr. Jason Plunkett, Western USA Regional Director of Zoe International, a non-profit organization which provides support and services to minors who have been trafficked


May 25th - 7 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.  St. Marys. 7215 Newlin Ave. Whittier in Smith Hall.  Presentation in Spanish regarding what human trafficking is and how we protect our children from becoming victims.

Third Quarter 2019 Events

October 19th - A21 Campaign Walk for Freedom.  Please check back as we get closer to the date for walk locations.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Events

Trainings

image82

Journey Out Trainings

Journey Out offers Case manager training for professionals.  Please contact tay.neville@journeyout.org.

Journey Out also needs volunteers to help with their survivors.  Please contact mary.david@journeyout.org Journey Out has taken over the Poster Outreach project for L.A.  Please contact Mary David for details.  For more information on their programs, please go to  https://journeyout.org/ 

Treasures

Oct 4th -5th. THERE ARE WOMEN IN YOUR CITY WHO NEED YOU!

We believe that you have what it takes to make a difference in the lives of women who have been affected by sexual exploitation and trafficking.  We want to empower and equip you to reach and care for them effectively!  No need to reinvent the wheel, we will share 15-years of hard-learned lessons and resources with you!   Please register at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/treasures-outreach-care-training-oct-4-5-2019-registration-51793336263 

CSEC 102: Skills for Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children & Transitional Age Youth

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with the California Department of Social Services to offer a 2-day Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) 102 engagement skills training. If you are working directly with youth, it will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to better engage youth at-risk of becoming involved in CSEC, and help you learn strategies for helping CSEC survivors see themselves as more than a survivor. If you are not working directly with youth, this training will help you identify the qualities to look for in agencies as you make referrals for youth. The 2-day training is presented by survivors of commercial sexual exploitation who are national experts on the topic. You will hear real life examples of challenges and triumphs in working with the CSEC population. CSEC 101 is recommended If you have not taken CSEC 101 you can go online to the CalSWEC website to take this training online at https://calswechosting.s3.amazonaws.com/CSEC/csec_delv/csec.html CSEC 102 covers how to better engage commercially sexually exploited youth in an inspiring 2day training. Questions? nikkiklasey@gmail.com


May 23rd and 24th - 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Valley Oasis, 310 E. Palmdale Blvd. Palmdale, CA 93550 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/los-angeles-lancaster-county-2-day-csec-102-tickets-54921022256

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys

The sexual exploitation and commercial sexual exploitation of boys has been vastly overlooked as the focus has been girls. This training will cover the following topics: childhood sexual abuse of males, stigmas of masculinity, risk factors and pathways of entry for boys into the commercial sex industry as victims, buyers, and exploiters, needs of male survivors, and strategies to engage male survivors.


August 26-9 A.M. to 4 P.M.  Location TBD. $150

CSEC 101 The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) 101 Train-the-Trainer is designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge to become confident trainers on CSEC. The training will be co-facilitated by Nola Brantley who is a National Advocate, Master Trainer and Survivor of the Commercial Sex Industry and Dr. Nicole Klasey who is a psychologist specializing in Trauma and the Commercial Sex Industry. Nola Brantley Speaks utilizes a survivor-clinician training model which provides audiences with an enhanced learning experience. Nola is a pioneer in California as she founded the first CSEC advocacy agency, MISSEY, in Oakland, CA and founded Nola Brantley Speaks in 2014. She has been training providers across the nation on CSEC 101 since 2010, training well over 100,000 professionals in the filed, community members and members of the faith based community. Nola's personal experiences give her a powerful perspective which she shares in her trainings. Dr. Nicole Klasey, Nola’s co-trainer and business partner, has an extensive background working with foster youth in residential treatment. Nicole has been a key developer of several of the training curriculums that are being used throughout California and CSEC prevention curriculums. Nicole also provides leadership for a team of survivor and clinician trainers providing trainings across California. 

CSEC 101 is an essential training for social service, juvenile justice, mental health, public health, community-based and faith-based service providers throughout the country. The Nola Brantley Speaks' CSEC 101 provides a comprehensive look at the victimization of youth, buyers and individuals who exploit youth. Many of the current CSEC 101 curriculums focus solely on the victimization of girls and while this is an important topic to discuss, there are many other populations to discuss. The Nola Brantley Speaks CSEC 101 will cover the victimization of girls, boys, and LGBT youth. The trainers will discuss specialized populations such as African American youth, Native American youth, and immigrant youth. Participants will learn  how to adapt their trainings based on the geographical location (i.e., similarities and differences in rural areas vs. metropolitan cities). In addition, participants will be more equipped to help others identify youth involved in the commercial sex industry. The trainers will also discuss the demand side of the commercial sex industry so participants are equipped to teach and answer questions about the buyers and the individuals who exploit youth. 

After attending this T4T you will be educated and equipped to provide CSEC 101 trainings at your agencies, churches and community centers. Each participant will be provided with a NBS CSEC 101 training curriculum binder, a facilitator's manual, electronic copies of all the materials needed for training facilitation, and a certificate for completing the course.


Sept 9th and 10th - Location TBD  $300.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/los-angeles-csec-101-train-the-trainer-tickets-58335161037