STOP Human Trafficking Ministry

STOP Human Trafficking

This ministry is to raise awareness, educate, and identify actionable steps in the fight to end trafficking and help restore dignity and hope to its victims.  Human Trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery.  It is when force, fraud, or coercion is used by an individual to make a profit by forcing someone into involuntary labor or commercial exploitation.  It happens locally and globally, including here in the Bay Area.

Here are some ways to be informed and calls to action:

    CALL TO ACTION & EVENTS – HELP SPREAD THE WORD 

  • Raise Awareness & Action to Take
    January is the month to raise awareness about human trafficking, also known as modern day slavery.  All are invited to attend and spread the word about these upcoming events and to be present and help make a difference.

    1. Sat., Jan. 19th – “A Day of Healing” for all affected by sexual abuse January 19th Flyer
      Intended audience:  Victims and their family and friends supporting their journey to heal
      Time and Contact:  Jan. 19th    9am – 2pm, Free of charge – Contact:  pminer@dsj.org
      Location:  Archbishop Mitty High School, 5000 Mitty Way, San Jose
    2. Sun. Jan. 27th – “Hope in the Darkness” Hope in the Darkness– STOP Human Trafficking:  A Call to Action
      Learn how to combat modern day slavery in our local community with guest speakers
      Cindy Chavez, SCC Supervisor, and Patrick Vanier, San Jose Deputy District Attorney
      Intended audience:  General Public
      Time and Contact:  Jan. 27th    2:00pm – 3:30pm – sponsored by inter-faith S.T.O.P.
      Location:  Saratoga Federated Church, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga
    3. Jan. 26 & 27 – Movie Screening:  “I Am Still Here” followed by Q&A with Writer/Director 
      Intended audience:  Mature audience, High School students should attend with an adult
      Two Days and Locations:  Movie_I.Am.Here_LAUMC &St. Mary

      • Sat. Jan. 26th at 6:15 – 8:30pm
        St. Mary’s Catholic Parish in Howley Hall
        219 Bean Ave., Los Gatos, CA
      • Sun. Jan. 27th at 7:00 – 9:00 pm
        Los Altos Methodist Church in Creekside Crossing
        655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos, CA

For more info, contact Humantrafficking@santateresachurch.com

Watch for RED FLAGS (signs that someone might be a victim) 

  • Fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense or nervous
  • Inability to make eye contact, malnourished or does not use name
  • Signs of abuse or presence of overly-controlling boyfriend or adult

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

 

BUY FAIR TRADE – CONSUME WISELY

ADVOCACY and LEGISLATION

In California, minors under 18 years old are considered “victims” and are not arrested, but connected to services available. If you see any suspicious activity with a minor, report it to the U.S. National Trafficking Hotline Number:  888-373-7888  or Text 233733

Support Needed – Contact your Representatives

  • AB-2034 – Transit Worker Training (Ash Kalra) CLICK HERE for Fact Sheet
    Human Trafficking training bill for transit employees. This bill would require a business or other establishment that operates an intercity passenger rail, light rail, or bus station, on or before January 1, 2020, to train its employees who are likely to interact or to come into contact with, a victim of human trafficking in recognizing the signs of human trafficking and how to report it.

Recently Approved Legislation – Ensure Enforcement

RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE

HAVE QUESTIONS?   Contact us at:     Humantrafficking@santateresachurch.com

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