In Orange County, the OC Human Trafficking Task Force is employing undercover officers to aggressively prosecute offenders. They also have an outstanding campaign to reduce demand. Vanguard Univeristy 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. While these efforts are outstanding, 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 Orange County, about 2% 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.
Faith Leaders in Orange 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, staff members, youth pastors, bible study teachers, etc. 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 email@example.com for meeting locations.
Saturday, Nov. 9th, 2019 from 9 to 11:30 A.M. in Irvine, Ca. This coalition includes all the cities in Orange County.
San Clemente has their own city coalition made up of faith communities and non-profits. This coalition birthed the I-5 Freedom Network that passed a resolution with the city of San Clemente to create community awareness with great success. This model can be duplicated by any city. For more information you can email them info@ I5FreedomNetwork.org or go to their website: I5FreedomNetwork.org
The Lighthouse is a program for survivors of sex trafficking in Orange County. This residential program helps them return to a healthy and productive life. The Lighthouse offers a public seminar every second Monday of every month (beginning again in September) from 6:30 until 8 P.M. on sex trafficking in Orange County and Orangewood’s residential program. https://orangewoodfoundation.org/what-we-do/trafficking/
This group is hosted by Saddleback church. Please email LocalHumanTrafficking@Saddleback.com for meeting dates and location.
Next Meeting TBD - 7 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. This coalition is for the Catholic community to collaborate on events at their churches. Projects include raising awareness regarding Fair Trade and recruiting foster parents since foster children are the most likely victim. The deacons have taken on reducing demand by raising awareness regarding the destructive nature of porn. Please email Cenia Martinez for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
4th Wednesday of the month - 10:30 - 11:30 A.M. Please go the link at the end of this section to confirm that the task force is meeting that month. The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) General Meeting is held at Wayfinders (formerly CSP Community Service Programs) every 4th Wednesday of the month. This meeting is for all task force collaborative partners and community members. It is also open to the public. This meeting provides updates by law enforcement and speakers from non-profits. The Wayfinders Corporate Office is located at 1221 East Dyer Road Suite 120, Santa Ana. For more information please contact Linh Tran at email@example.com or 714-765-7938. OCHTTF Volunteer Training/Meetings will be every 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Wayfinders. You need to email Lynh Tran to get a parking pass for all meetings so your car won't be towed. For more information please go to https://www.egovlink.com/ochumantrafficking
July 17th - 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. Public Showing of the film "Over 18" which raises awareness regarding teen porn addiction and what parents need to do to prevent it and how to help their children who are addicted. Christ Pacific Church, 20112 Magnolia St., Huntington Beach.
July 31st - 6 P.M. to 7:30 P.M Presentation by the I-5 Freedom Network. The Volare, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
111 S Avenida De La Estrella, San Clemente, Did you know that on any given day, there could be 8-12 illicit massage establishments operated in San Clemente? Please consider joining the i5 Freedom Network and First Amendment Voice as they sponsor a community forum to raise awareness around the need to strengthen the city’s massage parlor ordinance. We will convene experts to educate the public on the problem and why their voice matters. Hear from law enforcement, the nonprofit community, legitimate massage establishments, and citizens concerned about keeping San Clemente safe. Law enforcement alone cannot deal with the problem if they don’t get notified from the community. Find out why your input matters.
7831 Edinger Ave. #1520 Huntington Beach
Come join us for this fun event which supports creating a home for victims in SoCal. For more info, please go to rfwsocal.org
7831 Edinger Ave. #1520 Huntington Beach
September 14th - 8:30 to 12:30 P.M. Saddleback Symposium on Human Trafficking. 2095 E. Katella, Anaheim. Speakers will be Paul Chang from the US Department of Labor, Brenda Wells, Director of I5 Freedom Network and a Survivor Panel. For more Information - firstname.lastname@example.org
September 14th - 6.07 P.M. Strike Out Slavery Baseball Event. First baseman Albert Pujols will be the SOS Spokesperson. This year’s post-game concert will be featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill.
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
October 17th - 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. in Scott Academic Center, Vanguard University of Southern California 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. The 4th Annual Fair Trade Fashion Show is a fun community event for all ages. Come learn about how ending human trafficking within the garment industry while buying fair trade items from local vendors. Light refreshments will be served.
October 19th - A21 Campaign Walk for Freedom. Please go directly to the A21 site for walk locations and information.
October 19th - 7 to 10 P.M. UN Gala entitled "No LIfe, No Price" Costa Mesa Country Club 1701 Golf Course Drive Costa Mesa. Please join us for an evening of celebration and inspiration as we commemorate the 74th Anniversary of the UN! A discussion on eliminating Human Trafficking and promoting human rights in our community through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). The program includes an elegant 3-course dinner, keynote speakers and awards presented to dedicated leaders in our community who have demonstrated an outstanding record of improving conditions and combating the heinous crime that is Human Trafficking in Orange County. Please go to this site to register: https://www.una-oc.org/
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/