The annual TIP Report, categorized into tiers based on how well governments meet the minimum requirements for the elimination of human trafficking, was set by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000.

 

If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t mean that we have to tolerate that abuse in the future or that we can afford to avert our eyes. Instead, we should be asking ourselves—what if that victim of trafficking was my daughter, son, sister, or brother?

 This year’s TIP Report asks such questions because ending modern slavery isn’t just a fight we should attempt—it is a fight we can and must win.

                                                                        -John F. Kerry, Secretary of State

 

This year’s (2016) Trafficking in Persons Report focuses on the positive developments and continued challenges of preventing trafficking, and it considers how governments and the broader anti-trafficking community can effectively ensure that those who are vulnerable to human trafficking have the tools and opportunities to avert the risks of exploitation. (2016 TIP Report)

 

The TVPA defines “severe forms of trafficking in persons” as:

➤ sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or

➤ the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

A victim need not be physically transported from one location to another for the crime to fall within these definitions.

 

Here is a small sampling of some of the topics discussed in the TIP Report.

 

  • Vulnerability and Human Trafficking

 

Although human trafficking occurs everywhere, the common factor that can be found is the victim’s vulnerability to exploitation. Traffickers exploit these vulnerabilities. They prey on those who lack security and opportunity, coerce, and deceive to gain control.

 

To prevent this, governments, NGOs, and local communities must identify the vulnerable within their borders and develop effective strategies to increase awareness and prevent human trafficking.

 

Examples of vulnerabilities:

 

  • Refugees and migrants, including asylum-seekers
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals
  • Religious minorities
  • People with disabilities (physical & intellectual)
  • Those who are stateless
  • The poor
  • The uneducated / poorly educated
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Homelessness
  • Children

 

  • Research, Data Collection, and Program Evaluation

 

Given the complex nature of human trafficking, data is difficult to collect, causing gaps in knowledge of how to prevent human trafficking.

 

Reliable baseline information providing insight to causes, trends, and characteristics of human trafficking allow governments and civil societies to create an understanding and protect their more vulnerable members of society, including a more comprehensive understanding of root causes that are specific to states, communities, and cultural contexts. With this information programs can be developed to meet the specific needs of the people.

 

  • Raising Awareness

 

Awareness regarding the signs and dangers of human trafficking is an important factor in the fight against human trafficking.

 

Public awareness campaigns help to educate the community to be knowledgeable to the signs of human trafficking so they can inform law enforcement as well as targeting victims who may not even know they are a victim.

 

Campaign designers need to improve the way human trafficking victims are portrayed in their awareness ads. By showing a victim bound and beaten skews the public’s idea of what a victim looks like. Many are controlled solely by emotional and verbal threats and may be overlooked by the public as a potential victim.

 

  • Policies & Programs to Reduce Risk & Empower Vulnerable Individuals

 

Public awareness campaigns are one way to prevent human trafficking, but laws and policies must also be put in place to protect people from becoming vulnerable to traffickers such as:

  • Registering births
  • Administering citizenship and nationality
  • Identity documents

A lack of such documents renders a person vulnerable.

 

Documentation also allows residents and their families to utilize health, education, and employment services, all of which make a person less vulnerable.

 

  • Multilateral Collaboration

 

Human trafficking occurs in every country, on every continent. “Multilateral engagement is a key component of many governments’ effective anti-trafficking efforts.” (2016 TIP Report)

 

Many organizations are incorporating anti-trafficking policies into their own operating policies such as:

 

  • National security
  • Human rights
  • Violence against women and children
  • Migration management
  • Refugee protection
  • Business responsibility
  • Supply chain accountability
  • Economic development

 

By developing common goals, these organizations can help foster data collection and standardize research while providing a venue to identify new and emerging trends in human trafficking.

 

  • Enhancing Partnerships

 

To combat human trafficking, collaboration must take place. Survivors, NGOs, donors, academics, businesses, and governments need to work together, sharing strengths and supporting weaknesses. Creating a partnership is the only way to combat human trafficking on a global scale.

 

  • A Joint Effort

 

Preventing human trafficking is an enormous challenge, requiring the sustained efforts of many. Collaboration between government and nongovernmental stakeholders is critical to strengthening efforts to prevent modern slavery.

 

At its core, the global struggle to combat human trafficking is about political and public will. If ignored, traffickers will continue to reap enormous profits while communities suffer the many toxic effects.

 

But if trafficking is confronted head on, vulnerable populations will be empowered to control more fully their lives and protect themselves from the harms of human trafficking. (2016 TIP Report)

 

 

If you need help or suspect someone may be a victim of human trafficking in the U.S. call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 1-888-3737-888 or text Polaris at BeFree (233733).

 

To download the entire report visit http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2016/index.htm

 

 

Meetings

Posted: July 1, 2016 in Meetings
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Stop Human Trafficking Action Group monthly meeting

3rd Thursday of every month, 7:00p
St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 8345 Talbert Ave. Huntington Beach, room 1

Holy Spirit Church’s Respect Life monthly meeting

1st Tuesday of every month, 7:00p.
This meeting is at a residence, if you would like to attend please send an email to stophtactiongroup@outlook.com for more information.

Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force meeting

1st Thursday of every month, 11:30a-1:00p
Salvation Army Long Beach Citadel Corps,  6000 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach

CPC Amos 5:24 Ministry meeting

1st & 3rd Sunday of every month, 7:45a
Christ Pacific Church, 20112 Magnolia St., Huntington Beach, room 208 conference room.

Sex Trafficking Community Forum

2nd Monday of every month,  6:30-8:00p
Orangewood Foundation, 1575 E. 17th St., Santa Ana

Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force meeting

Last Wednesday of every month, 10:30a
1221 E. Dyer Rd, Santa Ana, conference room A/B

***If you are attending a meeting for the first time, please email us at stophtactiongroup@outlook.com as meetings are occasionally canceled or rescheduled.

After months of planning and preparing, our survivor event was a complete success.

The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force along with the Community Services Program and Salvation Army, have events every month held especially for the survivors of human trafficking. These events range from life skills classes to fun events like our movie and pizza night.

As a way to help support the task force, they have asked local faith groups and churches to help plan and carry out these events to free up their financial resources for things like food and shelter for the survivors.

The Stop Human Trafficking Action Group with the support of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, held a movie and pizza night. We featured the inspiring hit movie Seabiscuit and decorated with horse and racing-themed party decor.

After a filling meal of pizza and salad, we served popcorn and red licorice. The guests left with a little keepsake, too…homemade brownies and a horse-shaped cookie cutter.

A special thank you to all the volunteers who made this event a great success. We are already looking forward to next year’s movie night event.

 

 

Build Futures

Posted: April 11, 2016 in Volunteer
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Mission:

Build Futures is dedicated to taking homeless youth ages 18-24 off the streets of Orange County and providing them with the resources necessary to reach self-sufficiency. We begin by providing them with stable housing and one-on-one support.

Build Futures uses a structured, step-by-step program called “Steps to Success” which is tailored to each youth and connects them with services and resources needed to obtain and maintain long-term independence.

Kids in crisis have no home, no hope and no way out unless we get them off the street now.

Need:
  • Over 11,000 Orange County high school students are homeless, 2,773 are seniors aged 18 or turning 18.
  • California’s unsheltered homeless youth population is 79% of the total number of homeless youth.
  • Orange County has the third highest poverty rate in California at 24.2%.
Why Are They On The Streets?
  • Run away from sexual, physical, or emotional abuse
  • From homeless families
  • Thrown out of their home
Steps to Success

Initial Placement

  • Emergency Housing
  • Mentor
  • Phone
  • Transportation

Requirements for Work

  • California ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Transportation

Basic Needs

  • Food Stamps
  • Medical Insurance
  • Mental Health
  • Medical Issues
  • Legal Issues

Work Readiness

  • Resume
  • Job Skills
  • Job Placement
  • Childcare

Education/Life Skills

  • HS/GED Attainment
  • Academic/ Vocational
  • Financial Literacy

Independent Living

  • Permanent Housing
  • Living Wage
  • Driver’s License
Volunteer
  • Volunteer Coordinator- Coordinate and manage volunteers in one or more key functional areas.
  • Fundraising- Organize and implement a fundraiser. Bring donors in the door. Assist with a donor relations strategy and create a fund development plan.
  • Grant Writer- Help with grant writing and submission
  • Web Design/ WordPress- Upgrade the website, enhance appearance and content including multimedia.
  • Marketing- Help with brand messaging, start an online marketing and social media campaign.
  • Multiledia- produce a promotional video.
  • Youth Case Management Coordinator- Help assure all case notes are maintained, aid in tracking the progress of the youth, assure utilization of required resources.
  • Resource manager- Help maintain our current resource database located at http://www.BuildFutures.org
  • more volunteer opportunities at http://www.BulidFutures.org
How To Help
  • Rent- one month $500.00, one year $6,000.00
  • Bus Passes- weekly $25.00, ten-day $45.00, monthly $69.00
  • Cash donations
  • Phones- cell phone $50.00, service $35.00
  • Food gift cards $10.00- $50.00
  • Basic Needs Gift Cards- Wal-mart, Target, Kohl’s $20.00- $100.00
  • Fundraising- organize a fundraising event
A Final Note:

Build Futures has never turned away a homeless youth seeking help in Orange County who wants to turn their life around and with your support, we never will.

Build Futures addresses a problem people don’t know exists and is only getting worse. People often assume they haven’t seen these kids before, but they have–they look like any 18 to 24-year old.

Build Futures prevents homeless youth from a life of crime, drugs, jail, and/or sex trafficking. Jail costs $109.00/night versus $125.00/week to provide housing through Build Futures.

Orange County has one of the highest per-capita homeless rates in the state and without intervention, this demographic is facing chronic homelessness throughout their lives.

It only takes an average or $1000.00 to transform a life and restore hope.

Robyne’s Nest

Posted: April 11, 2016 in Volunteer
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The mission of Robyne’s Nest is to ensure identified at-risk and homeless students in our local community find the nourishment, encouragement and focus for a brighter, confident future to complete high school and on to college.

In recent years, it has been noted that many students are struggling when it comes to basic needs and support from their parents. Parents are choosing not to put their children’s needs above their own issues causing lack of food, housing, school support, even safety. The answer is not as simple as calling the police or CPS (Child Protective Services), as this may only aggravate the problem. Many of these students want help and that is why they continue to go to school looking for some security, routine, and a place to belong. Robyne’s Nest helps provide the resources for school administrators to take care of these students and create a path to successful completion of high school.

Surrounded by drugs, homelessness and human trafficking, this is a proactive step to keep our desperate youth out of these three areas.

Services:

Food- breakfast, lunch, after sports snacks, weekend meal cards

Clothing– especially jeans, jackets, long sleeve items for winter

Basic Necessities– deodorant, feminine hygiene, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap

Education Assistance– tutoring, school supplies, backpacks

Provide guidance and support for homeless students to find housing and jobs

Provide transportation– bikes, bus passes, skateboards, helmets as needed

Provide Life-Skills– classes for students who are living on their own (banking, taxes, insurance, etc.)

Provide a network within the schools to help ensure complete support for all students in affected families

Funds for high school senior activities including graduation

Funds for TB tests for jobs

Donations can be made to Robyne’s Nest online at http://www.robynesnest.org

Run 2 Rescue

Posted: April 11, 2016 in Volunteer
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Run2Rescue, a Christian non-profit organization committed to restoring victims of sex trafficking, has provided a “needs” list for their organization so they may continue to provide assistance for human trafficking survivors. If you or your organization can provide anything on this list, please contact Run2Rescue for more information about donations.

  • More Anchor Homes, Anchor Teams, and Anchor Leaders
  • Rescue vehicles – one that gets good gas mileage and another to relocate girls (SUV size)
  • Ranch Property for triage
  • durable backpacks and duffle bags
  • new clothes: sweats/yoga pants, flip flops (various), socks, undergarments (various sizes), and pajamas
  • beautiful NLT Bibles highlighted with your favorite verses (not paperback)
  • journals, pens, notebooks
  • Jesus Calling devotionals
  • blankets – Life Comfort blankets, pillows, stuffed animals (teddy bears are popular)
  • toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, good razor (not disposable), soap, body wash, lotions, hair product (all types of ethnicity), makeup, tampons/pads, nail polish, face wash & lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, Chapstick, and deodorant
  • gift cards: $25 and up Wal-Mart, Target, grocery (these ensure that wherever we move a girl that one of these stores will be near them)
  • gas cards
  • airline miles donated
  • volunteers: Fundraiser, Coordinator, mentors, Anchor Team leaders, grant writers, first responders, media, graphic, and case management
  • Legal counsel for our girls
  • financial support

Local Events

Posted: March 10, 2016 in Getting Involved, Volunteer
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 Men Standing Against Trafficking

“Human Trafficking is happening here in our own backyards.  As the men of Southern California, we’re not willing to let it continue.  Stand up for the voiceless.  Stand against the abusers. Stand together as protectors of the innocent. Stand. It’s that simple.”

They meet the 18th of each month at trafficking hotspots across LA and Orange County.

Together, they stand from 9 pm-10:18 pm.  One hour and 18 minutes of silent witness. Please arrive by 8:30p for a quick orientation and overview.

  • 8:00-8:30 Arrive, find parking, check in, sign banner & get event T-shirt (if desired)
  • 8:30 Quick orientation
  • 9:00-10:18 Stand at designated location
  • Walk back to cars and go home

50% of the proceeds will support local anti-trafficking efforts, 50% will support the regional fight.

Wear a white shirt and jeans to demonstrate your solidarity. While they prefer advanced RSVP’s for planning purposes you are welcome to just show up on the night of as well if you are able! Event t-shirts will be available for purchase at the event.

#timetocare

*event is open only to men 18 and over

register at http://www.care18.org/msat

A21 Walk For Freedom

The #WalkForFreedom is a collective effort to heighten awareness of modern-day slavery and raise funds to take us one step closer to ending human trafficking in our lifetime. The Walk For Freedom made its way around the world on October 17, shedding light on the 27 million men, women and children who are still in bondage. When we join forces in one single day, we not only catch the attention of our cities, but we combine our efforts to have a global impact.

The 3rd annual event will take place on October 15, 2016. Mark you calendar.

For more information or to find a walk near you, visit the A21 website.

http://www.a21.org/campaigns/content/walk-for-freedom/gl4ukp?permcode=gl4ukp