Let's Join Together in the Fight Against Human Trafficking!

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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.

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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.

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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%.  You can find actions for faith communities as well as presentations you can use  and resources like flyers by "clicking" on the resource button.

West L.A. City and County Faith Coalitions

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So Cal Faith Coalitions Against Human Trafficking

Faith Leaders in West L.A. City and County are inviting churches, synagogues, 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, staff, bible study teachers, youth pastors, etc. 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. 

South Bay/Long Beach/W.L.A Faith Coalition

September 21st 2019. 9:00 to 11:30 A.M. This Coalition includes all the cities in the South Bay as well as Long Beach,  Cerritos, Artesia, Wilmington, Lakewood and Hawaiian Gardens.  Our theme will be “Building Powerful Church Ministries.” We will also have two guest speakers. Sylvia will speak on her experience of being a mom of a child who has been trafficked. Ellie will speak on how God healed her from having been trafficked in Honduras. 

San Gabriel/Pomona Valley, South East LA County Faith Coalition

October 5th 2019.  9 A.M.  to 1130 A.M. This coalition includes churches, synagogues and temples, etc.  in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley and East LA and South East LA County.  Our theme will be “Building Powerful Church Ministries.” We will also have two guest speakers. Sylvia will speak on her experience of being a mom of a child who has been trafficked. Ellie will speak on how God healed her from having been trafficked in Honduras. 

San Fernando/Simi Valley Faith Coalition

September 28th, 2019. 9 to 11:30 A.M.- This coalition includes churches synagogues, temples, etc. in the Simi and San Fernando Valley as well as Glendale and North Hollywood.  Our theme will be “Building Powerful Church Ministries.” Ray Bercini from the LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force will give up updates on what the LA. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force is doing and how we can support the efforts of law enforcement. 

Black Faith Coalition

October 26th - 9 A.M.  to noon. This coalition is in collaboration with So Cal Faith Coalitions, several prominent churches and One LA   This coalition addresses the dynamics of human trafficking specific to the black community.

Hispanic Faith Coalition

  October 26th –Churches in Action Inland Empire will be hosting a conference from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. at Casa Del Rey, 200 W. First St. Rialto. Dynamic speakers will share with churches how to recognize victims and what to do if they are concerned that a church member may be trafficked. This event is being supported by So Cal Faith Coalitions and details are still being confirmed. This may be a Spanish speaking conference only. To reserve a space and to confirm details, please RSVP to events-rsvp@churchesinaction.net after 10/10.

Task Forces and Meetings by Other Groups

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L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force

September 5th - 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

Compton Human Trafficking Task Force

Meets Every Other Month from 1 to 3 P.M. Upcoming dates for 2019 are 5/17, 7/19, 9/20. Meets at the at  600 E. Alameda Blvd. Compton.  Sometimes meeting locations change so please email Ken Henry at  Ken@tiktokservices.org to confirm.

Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force

First Thursday of the Month 

11:30- 1:00. Meets at the Salvation Army at 3092 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach

  

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 

San Gabriel Valley Human Trafficking Task Force

For monthly meeting dates, please email alma below.  This task force meets at 

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

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

Men Standing Against Trafficking

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. 


Long Beach - 3rd Friday of Every Month 7 P.M to 9 P.M.  Please email msat.lbeach@gmail.com for locations.


Pomona -  Please contact Jay at jayw@purposechurch.com for dates and locations.

Fourth Quarter Events

October

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October

October 12th - Youth Leadership Conference- 9 A.M to 3 P.M. Cypress High School. 9801 Valley View, Cypress.  Come  and  experience  a  day  of  self-discovery,  friendship,  cultural  exchange,  leadership  building,  inspiration and service. Attend a series of intensive workshops designed to educate and empower future leaders.Register now at casayouthshelter.org/conference


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


October 23rd – 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on “The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Raising Awareness and Building a Trauma-Responsive Community of Caregivers”.  The training will take place at Higher Vision Church at 28776 The Old Rd. Valencia, Ca.

This free training will explain how any youth can easily fall prey to exploiters, show participants how to identify an at-risk or victim of Commercial Sexual Exploitation, and share, through interactive and fun activities, how to apply a trauma-responsive approach to support victims towards healing and recovery. This event will also provide information on the various ways the community can support the needs of youth that have been impacted by sex trafficking. Community Members can register by emailing adela at estraa@dcfs.lacounty.gov

November

Father Con

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Father Con

Nov. 9th - 9 A.M to 3 P.M. Join us in bringing this 2nd annual Father-Con to the greater Los Angeles area and beyond!   Fathers are the link to ending such horrors as human trafficking.Our challenges are mighty and in a whole new league with the internet bringing strangers into our homes and into the lives of our children like never before.  WE face distractions and obstacles to being the fathers and father figures children need us to be.  That can change! WE can be the fathers our children and communities need us to be ... but we need to be equipped and aware and fired up!  

Fathers don't need to be perfect - to make all the difference in the world!  Warren High School, 8141 De Palma St, Downey

December

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December

Dec. 8th - Rock a Walk, hosted by Journey Out.  Please check back for details.

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First Quarter 2020 Events

January

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January

January 11th - 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Courage Forward Anti_Human Trafficking Conference, Downy High School

Trainings

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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, please go to their site.   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 


Nola Brantley Speaks

Nola Brantley is a survivor of human trafficking who has trained thousands in law enforcement , service care providers. and the general public.  Her trainings are geared towards those who want to be leaders in the fight like speakers, church staff etc.  She offers 17 different trainings.   You can find her trainings at http://www.nolabrantleyspeaks.org/