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.
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.
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.
The purpose of the coalition meetings are to 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, the meetings below are for you. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting locations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com after 10/10.
The only real advantage the human traffickers have over the faith community is that they are organized and networked together to build their "business," while the faith community tends to have isolated efforts. The purpose of identifying churches who have stand alone ministries that meet on a regular basis, is so that people who want to start something at their church know who to contact locally. The anchor churches understand this issue and can guide new churches with regard to what works and doesn't work to build efforts to fight human trafficking. By networking churches together, we can powerfully build our efforts in the fight against human trafficking. Below are the churches with the most active ministries in the LA area.
St. Lawrence Martyr
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
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.
First Thursday of the Month
11:30- 1:00. Meets at the Salvation Army at 3092 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach
This task force meets the first Thursday of the month at 2 P.M. Please email pastor Dan Broyles for meeting locations at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for locations.
Pomona - Please contact Jay at email@example.com for dates and locations.
January 11th - 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Courage Forward Anti_Human Trafficking Conference, Downey High School. Dynamic speakers including homeland security, the DA's office, community leaders, etc. (This event is for the general public. The event below is professional advanced training.)
Jan 11th- 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.-Advanced Human Trafficking Symposium: The Role of Evolving Technologies in a Globally Connected World hosted by Harvest Christian Fellowship, 8880 Magnolia, Riverside. THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL, PROFESSIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING EVENTS OF THE YEAR.
January 25th -10 - 3 Breaking the Chains Event. Lynwood City Park 11301 Bullis Rd. Lynwood. There will be a car show, raffles, giveaways, etc. This event is hosted by a collaboration between the Compton Human Trafficking Task Force, Forgotten Children and the city of Lynwood.
March 6 & 7th - Ending Human Trafficking Conference at Vanguard University, Costa Mesa. "Where We’ve At, Where We Have Been… Where We are Going" The Ensure Justice Conference is a two-day event focused on equipping teachers, victim service providers, 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 this link for details https://www.gcwj.org/events/
Journey Out offers case manager training for professionals. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journey Out also needs volunteers to help with their survivors. Please contact email@example.com 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/
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 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/
Care 68 Network A website/resource for churches in Southern California who want to be connected with what is happening in the area of Human Trafficking locally and globally.
C- Connection and Collaboration opportunities and calendars
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