Posts Tagged ‘human trafficking’

As the local human trafficking task force fights to bring an end to trafficking in our area, they are met with a constant challenge: how to effectively support the survivors.

One successful idea has been to have events for the survivors so they may socialize in a safe environment with other survivors and their caseworkers as well as community helpers. Our human trafficking awareness group, a collaboration of local churches, hosted such an event.

We chose a crafting theme which included several kids crafts, card making, glass etching, and bracelet making. Everyone enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere of friendly conversation with a backdrop of fun 50s and 60s music.

The afternoon was topped off with a delicious lunch of burgers from In N’Out for which everyone cheered. Yum!

 

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Thursday, the Stop Human Trafficking Action Group hosted a movie event. We showed the highly acclaimed short film “The Return” and afterward had a Q&A with the writer/director Matthew Szewczyk.

The film is based on a true human trafficking/labor trafficking case in Orange County, California. The film is a brutal reminder that human trafficking does happen in every country, in every city around the world.

We appreciate everyone who came out to our event as well as those who helped and supported us to get this event put together. A special thank you, too, to Matthew for giving of his time and talent so we could have this event.

 

Fair trade coffee, tea and sugar for our guests.

Fair trade coffee, tea and sugar for our guests.

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Our booth.

Our booth.

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Watching the film

Watching the film

A good turnout

A good turnout

Q&A with Matthew

Q&A with Matthew

Start Something to End Trafficking: A Practical Guide to Help You Start a Project, Event, Campaign, or Organization by David Trotter

When most people first hear about the horror of human trafficking, they are immediately drawn to take action but are unsure as to what they can do.

Start Something to End Trafficking is a great place to get ideas for that first step.

Before beginning any philanthropic project, people must ask themselves “why?”

“Why do you want to devote so much time and energy to a project?”

Trotter helps you discover whether your “why?” will be more or less helpful in choosing your “what?”…What will you do to help fight human trafficking? What do you specifically want to focus on?

You can choose from:

  • Raising awareness
  • Decreasing demand
  • Preventing human trafficking
  • Aftercare for survivors
  • Researching the issue
  • Starting an organization

Trotter guides you through several soul-searching questions of a discernment process, so you can focus your interests and strengths to best serve others locally and globally.

Once you know your why and what, Trotter walks you through several tried and true projects, such as launching a project, hosting an event, raising money, and starting an organization.

Questions include…

  • Who will you work with?
  • What will motivate people to attend?
  • Why are you raising money?
  • Do you need to actually start an organization to do what you want to do?

Questions like these will help keep you on track, narrowing the best plan of action for you or your group to succeed.

Helpful suggestions, tips, and motivators to help you to make a positive difference in the world are included throughout the book.

If you are not completely convinced you can make a difference when you first open the book, you will be by the time you finish reading it.

 

Click here to purchase the book.

 

 

The 2016 Human Trafficking Victim Report documents the origins of human trafficking survivors and perpetrators in Orange County.

Last year, OCHTTF aided 225 human trafficking victims, raising the total number of victims OCHTTF has assisted since 2004 to more than 580 sex and labor trafficking victims.

By tracking victim origin data, the task force has learned that 78% of sex trafficking victims originated outside of Orange County making it a destination city for trafficking.

Here are some statistics from the report:

Of the 225 human trafficking victims assisted in 2015

  • 203 were female, 19 male, 3 transgender
  • 177 were adult and 48 were minors
  • 63 were foreign born and 162 were US citizens
  • 49 were rescued from labor trafficking and 168 were rescued from sex trafficking
  • total number of new victims was 137 or 61% of the overall total

Services provided to these clients included:

  • skill-building workshops
  • social activities
  • transportation
  • personal items such as clothes and toiletries
  • medical, dental, and mental health services
  • housing assistance
  • child-care

 

 

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

 

 

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.