Bringing the Central Valley together to end human trafficking in our communities- Feb. 19-26, 2012

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Action of The Day #4: Be Prepared To Be A Lifeline

Read through Signs Of Human Trafficking
Take the time to familiarize yourself with the signs of possible human trafficking so that you can be alert to red flags that might indicate a human trafficking situation.
If you work in health or social services or law enforcement, read and download indicators of human trafficking specific to your field, and other job related resources, provided by U.S. Health and Human Services.
If you are in education, assessment tools and resources are available through the U.S. Dept. of education and other sources here.


Action of the Day #3: Be Educated

Take the time to think: What questions do you have about human trafficking? What do you recognize that you don’t know? What is some key information that would help you be more equipped to respond to the reality of human trafficking in your community? These are excellent starting points.
Check out the information and resource links on this website. Central Valley Justice Coalition has a wealth of information on human trafficking and local information.
Look at our book list on our Go Forward Action+Resource Booklet and consider a book to read. Subscribe to blogs and news feeds such as CNN Freedom Project, Not For Sale, and Polaris Project and locally with the CVJC website.
Get connected with local organizations, or larger ones, to get more information.
Need help or suggestions? Email CVJC or call 752-1865.
Being educated is crucial to “smart activism” and effectively engaging our community in the effort to bring freedom where there is injustice.

Action Item of the Day #2

Do you work with immigrant, child, social, or community services, or health care, education, youth services? We need personnel in all these fields to be trained and aware of signs of a victim in their midst. Help
get yourself and your agency equipped with training.

Welcome To The Movement to Bring Freedom!

There is something big going on here. Freedom is coming for those trapped in the horrific world of human trafficking.

We welcome you to Go Forward:

1. Get educated on the reality of human trafficking, both the problems and the hope. See our church + general resources.

2. Check out “Take Action After Freedom Week” to learn how you and your church can get connected in your community and respond to human trafficking.

3. Subscribe to our Freedom Week blogs  for daily tips on how to get involved and subscribe to the Central Valley Justice Coalition blog site to be connected to the movement in the Central Valley. These are also posted on the Central Valley Justice Coalition Facebook page and Twitter: @CVJC_Updates.

4. Explore this site and the CVJC page for more!

Training/ Movie Screening At FPU Added!

Fresno Pacific University is hosting two events during Freedom Week.
On Wednesday, February 22, at 6:00 p.m., there will be a screening of Sex+Money:The National Search For Human Worth, a documentary focused on sex trafficking in the U.S.
On Thursday, February 23, at 6:00 p.m., Faith.Hope.Love is presenting a Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Prevention training. The training is intended to help participant to understand the tricks used to lure minors into sex trafficking and the signs that indicate that a minor may be a victim of human trafficking. This training is highly recommended for people connected with foster care, education, health care, as well as parents, churches, and anyone who interacts with minors.
Please RSVP at if you are going.
Faith.Hope.Love is a ministry dedicated to the prevention of domestic minor sex trafficking.

Spread the Word About Freedom Week

Freedom Week is an incredible opportunity for the community to learn about human trafficking, be equipped, and respond.
We get to come together and be a voice to the voiceless and the hands and feet that serve them.
However, it’s a big job getting the word out in our communities and we need you help to tell people and encourage them to participate.
So how can you do that? Here are several ways:

Help give out flyers and posters
You can download the flyers from the website and print them. We will also have professional flyers and posters available after Jan. 16 at the Fresno First Baptist Church office, 1400 Saginaw Ave., Fresno from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Contact us if you would like flyers taken to your church or if you live closer to the Dinuba area.
-Join others in hanging flyers in the two mile area around your home and at the places you frequent (groceries stores, Starbucks, etc.). Together, we’ll bring awareness to our communities.
-Help us to hang posters at schools, church campuses, and public places (with permission, of course)
-Take flyers to give out to those you know or drop off at locations in your community (with permission)
-Have flyers available at your church or other group meetings.

On our website
-Download the Freedom Week poster/flyer and share via internet or print out and use to promote.
-Download and give the Church Leaders’ invitational letter to church leaders you know with The Church Action List.
-Follow our Freedom Week blogsite. Share our blogsite through email and on your social media sites. Share posts.

On Facebook
-“Like” our Freedom Week page on Facebook. Click on “Invite Friends” and recommend our page to others. Share posts you enjoy.
-Share and invite people to our event pages on facebook, which are being posted on the Freedom Week page and our group page.
-Post the link to the Freedom Week website and the Freedom Week page every day to encourage people to take part.
-Change you profile picture to the flyer image

On other Social Media sites
-Follow Freedom Week on Twitter, #FreedomWeek2012 and retweet posts.
-Information and resources are also posted on Central Valley Justice Coalition‘s media sites.

AND one of the most important ways to get the word out and to talk to people you know and share why you are taking part in Freedom Week.

Volunteer Training For California Against Sexual Exploitation Act

During the Freedom Week activities, we plan to give participants the opportunity to add their name to a petition to get a significant piece of legislation on the November California state ballot. We need volunteers trained to help. On Saturday, Jan. 15,  Natischa Shaver will hold a training for those interested in helping gets signatures for the California Against Sexual Exploitation Act. The training will be at 11:00 a.m. at the Revue, 620 E Olive Ave.(hey training AND you can buy a delicious beverage)

Slated for the November 2012 California Ballot, the California Against Sexual Exploitation Act will deter traffickers with higher penalties and fines, use fines to fund victim services, remove barriers to prosecute child sex traffickers, mandate training for law enforcement officers, require convicted sex traffickers to register as sex offenders, require all sex offenders to disclose Internet accounts, and protect victims in court proceedings.
Join the team of dedicated volunteers across California to gather signatures for this monumental initiative between now and April 2012. We need all the help we can get to gather signatures.

The training will give all the information about the initiative and how to get signatures.
RSVP with Fresno Area Volunteer Leader Natischa at
For more information, go to


Volunteer Meeting Feb. 18

We will have a volunteers’ meeting Wednesday, January 18, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Fresno First Baptist church campus, 1400 Saginaw Ave., Room 302. If you are interested in helping with Freedom Week, please come.
We will explain the teams and volunteer needs and break up into teams.
We also have a volunteer meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11. at 11:45 a.m. at the same location, for those who can make it.
Check out our volunteer opportunities page for more information.
If you cannot make the meetings, contact us at or call 725-1865.

Nefarious Screening Added To Schedule!

The Freedom Week schedule has just be updated!
Northpointe Church is hosting a screening on the movie Nefarious on Monday, February 20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Northpointe campus is located at 4625 W. Palo Alto Ave. Fresno.
The River Church be hosting a pre-screening on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. for leaders and those who want to help promote the film in their community. Please RVSP to the Central Valley Justice Coalition at if you are interested in attending.

Volunteer Meeting

If you are interested in getting involved, we invite you to attend our next Freedom Week Volunteer Meeting:
Tuesday, January 10, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15, Fresno First Baptist Church, Room 302, 1400 E Saginaw Way, Fresno, CA. 93704.
(Please come on time if possible, but if your schedule does not permit, please come when you can.)
We will explain the activities of Freedom Week and the volunteer teams and break people up into those teams. You do not need to know which team you want to be on before the meeting, but we encourage you to view the volunteer list and consider where you may want to be involved.
If you can’t make the meeting, but are interested, please contact us and let us know. We will have another meeting in the evening soon after, at a date to be announced. If you cannot make either meeting, you can still volunteer! We can communicate individually with those wanting to get involved. Call Brandi at 559-725-1865 or email
Facebook invitation can be viewed HERE.

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