Soroptimist’s 12th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk Set for Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Contact: Kaye Van Nevel at kgvn@cox.net

VISTA, California, January 5, 2018Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland invites citizens in North County San Diego to attend our 12th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day Walk, to be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Vista. The walk is one mile round trip, rain or shine.

Club members and interested citizens will gather at 1 pm at Vista’s Wave Waterpark (located at 101 Wave Drive in Vista) to hear brief announcements and speakers, including Jaimee Johnson, Peer Counselor, North County Lifeline’s Project Life, and Masayo Halpin, retired FBI Special Agent, Human Trafficking, Portland, Oregon. “Stop Human Trafficking” signs will be available for all participants, plus a limited number of t-shirts. There will be an information table at the Wave Waterpark throughout the event for attendees to find out…

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January Collaborative Report

January 4, 2018 Meeting of the North County San Diego Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative

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January’s Guest Speaker: Masayo Halpin

Masayo Halpin was a Special Agent with the Portland Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for twenty years. She served as the Crimes Against Children and the Innocence Lost Task Force (ILTF) Coordinator for six years. She started the ILTF, which brought together four local law enforcement agencies and the FBI. In collaboration with the non-governmental agencies and other law enforcement agencies the focus was on services for the victims of sex trafficking. Prior to joining the FBI, Masayo was an attorney in Philadelphia, specializing in Domestic Violence.

She began her presentation with a Powerpoint presentation of basic and advanced information emphasizing the overwhelming power of the predators that seduce, provoke, and threaten young women into a life of slavery. She shared their street language and the necessity to use it herself to be credible in the eyes of ‘her girls.’

She spoke of the ongoing relationships she developed with these young women “in the life,” her promises to be truthful, never antagonistic or judgmental, and always available, gaining their trust, and assisting many through the doors of safety.

We learned about the heart of the FBI, the willingness to connect without quotas, to provide authentic communication, to allow the victims to step forward when they were ready. She is a light for freedom. She has agreed to join us on January 20 for our Awareness Walk (see below):

OTHER ITEMS DISCUSSED, Awareness Walk, etc:

Kaye Van Nevel, Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland, encouraged attendance and participation at their 12th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk. Saturday, Jan. 20th, Wave Water Park, Vista, 1-3 p.m. Speakers include: Jaimee Johnson, Peer Counselor, North County Lifeline’s Project Life, and Masayo Halpin, retired FBI Special Agent, Human Trafficking, Portland, Oregon. The walk is 1 mile round trip! Rain or Shine.
• Kaye also invited all interested to attend the Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking (STAT) “Salutes Our Mission Heroes” event, Friday, January 26, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $30. Registration is encouraged. Bit.ly/2018Heroes.
Penny Harrington, California Legislative analyst reported that the California legislative session began on January 3. The ‘two year’ bills from last session are now ‘one year’ bills, and must be reintroduced, and acquire their committee support before moving on. All bills that were identified “two-year bills” at the end of last year’s activities must pass out of their house of origin by the end of January to stay alive. A list of the trafficking-belated bills chaptered last year and those 2017 bills that may move forward this year is attached. What about 2018? Between now and the February 16 deadline (see the 2018 deadlines document attached), our assembly members and state senators may introduce new legislation. Attend our March meeting for a report on the bills we will be watching in 2018.
Nadine Toppozada, Catholic Charities of San Diego, reported their organization will open 20 bed safe house for adult female survivors of human trafficking on Jan. 31, 2018. Met by a round of applause!
Judy Horning, Soroptimist International of Poway, reported on the upcoming Freedom Breakfast sponsored by the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition. Jan. 11 8:30-10:30 at San Diego Library. $25 Donation. Please open: www.bscc.org for more information.
Emily Wheatly, Rancho del Rey Catholic Church, announced the San Diego Junior League’s Annual Awareness Rally, Jan. 13, 1-3 p.m. at Balboa Park: Corner of 6th & Laurel, followed by Churches Against Trafficking Prayer Vigil, 3-4 p.m.
Marilyn Grisez, St. Thomas More, Social Justice, spoke to the formation of Rapid Response Network. This addresses the need for volunteers to be available when ICE raids occur as part of immigration enforcement. For information, e-mail: divora@sdop.net.
Charity Brant, Mary and Joe Mottino YMCA, Oceanside has changed roles to join the new grant that offers emergency housing support for young adults experiencing/at risk of homelessness. This goes along with other homeless youth prevention and intervention programs that we already have. If anyone wants to refer a homeless youth (age 12-25-ish) to our programs, they can contact the Outreach #: 760-908-9647 or email Charity Brant: cbrant@ymca.org.
• FYI: Randa Krakow, randakra@cox.net, United Methodist Women offers a wonderful free resource. She has an extensive lending library which includes books and DVD’s on human trafficking.
• FYI: Even if you’re not a football fan, please watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 4th, Minneapolis. The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota received $1 million to educate and raise awareness about the increased human trafficking “traffic” during major sports events. We’re hoping for a big push in public service announcements during the game, at the very least!!

NEXT MEETING: March 1, 2018 9 am at United Methodist Church, Vista. Guest Speaker tbd

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Masayo Halpin to Speak at January 4th Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative Meeting

December 14, 2017, Vista, CA—Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting on Thursday, January 4, 2018, 9 a.m., at United Methodist Church of Vista, 490 S. Melrose Ave., Vista. The event is free to the public, and coffee and pastries will be provided.

The guest speaker will be Masayo Halpin. Halpin was a Special Agent with the Portland Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for twenty years, retiring in January 2017. She served as the Crimes Against Children coordinator and started the Innocence Lost Task Force (ILTF), which brought together four local law enforcement agencies and the FBI. The ILTF collaborated with the non-governmental agencies and other law enforcement agencies to focus on services for the victims of sex trafficking. Prior to joining the FBI, Masayo Halpin was an attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and specialized in Domestic Violence.

For more information contact kgvn@cox.net or visit soroptimistvista.org.

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November Collaborative Report

Vista Unified’s Michelle Walsh Speaks at Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative Meeting

Thursday, November 2, 2017–Kaye Van Nevel welcomed Guest Speaker Michelle Walsh and about 30 attendees! Michelle brought her entire team from VUSD to the meeting:

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Michelle Walsh (3rd from right in back) and Collaborative Coordinator, Soroptimist Kaye Van Nevel (4th from right in back) pose with Michelle’s team from the Vista Unified School District at recent Collaborative meeting in November 2017. (Photo by Jackie Piro Huyck)

Guest Speaker: Michelle Walsh,
Coordinator of Student Support Services,
Vista Unified School District (VUSD)

Michelle supports students who are parenting, expelled, incarcerated, homeless, in foster care, in military families or identify as LGVTQ. She spoke of the high numbers of youth who are vulnerable to human trafficking, both labor and commercial sexual exploitation. State-wide studies reveal 1% of students in foster care have been lured into “the life” of human trafficking. In the VUSD, that jumps to 25%! These children are obviously in high risk, due to multiple factors like abandonment, abuse, trauma, physical and mental. They come to the District’s attention due to elevated truancy records. Michelle told us that this begins in their earliest years, so by the time they reach middle and high school, their attitudes are easily swayed away from educational commitments. While many school districts lack the staff to address these young people, VUSD has 21 counselors, 15 assistant principal advocates, 5 school social workers, interns and 3 R.N’s. It is a model for the state!

Other Announcements:

• Terri Nash alerted us about a Department of Defense Drill the weekend of November 4/5 titled Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set which could possibly affect electricity service.
• Jacque Howard offered materials for distribution: “Warning Signs that Someone is a Victim of Human Trafficking”
• Judy Horning told us about the STAT screening of SOLD at SDSU on November 2.
• Kaye gave a brief legislative report noting that SB 270, which required hotels and motels to train personnel on recognizing signs of human trafficking, was killed. She went on to explain that this information is available and in use by the SD Advisory Council’s Safe Committee which meets with hotel management to encourage them to conduct in-house training for their employees to recognize traffickers who are using their facilities to use victims for sexual exploitation.
• The S.O.A.P. project was also mentioned. Please go to their website for more information. This is an area of action!  https://www.soapproject.org/
• Kaye has been in contact with the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, who are working with the Super Bowl Committee members to alleviate Human Trafficking during Super Bowl. She suggested team members wearing a specific color or logo to raise awareness about human trafficking.

 

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, January 20, 2018: Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland’s 12th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk, Wave Water Park, 12:30-3:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: Jaimee Johnson

March 8: Palomar College, Screening of SOLD. More information to come.

Next Meeting: January 4, 2018, 9 am – 10:30 am at United Methodist Church of Vista, 490 Melrose, Vista, CA, (Fellowship Hall, lower level).

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Michelle Walsh to Speak at Collaborative Meeting November 2nd

204cbf8Michelle Walsh will be the guest speaker at the Thursday morning, November 2nd, Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting at United Methodist Church. Ms. Walsh is Student Services Coordinator for the Vista Unified School District. She supports youth who are parenting, expelled, incarcerated, homeless, in foster care, in military families or identify as LGBTQ. She is also the Attendance Supervisor and coordinates attendance data and incentives, the Student Attendance Review Board, as well as Truancy Diversion Court and Truancy Mediation with the District Attorney’s Office.

Michelle coordinates mental health services for the district. She is responsible for EPSDT, juvenile diversion programs, the School Social Workers and the Crisis Response Team. Her goals are to expand training district-wide in human trafficking prevention and response, suicide prevention and the needs of LGBTQ students.

The Michelle both lives and works in Vista. She is the mother of three school-aged children, Reagan, Riley and Rock, and enjoys being an active member of the Amigos de Vista Lions Club.

The North San Diego County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative is a diverse group of individuals and community organizations committed to eliminate human trafficking and modern day slavery. Our mission is to raise awareness of human trafficking, provide a platform to share information, improve services, educate ourselves and the public, and advocate for policy and legislation related to human trafficking. Our bi-monthly Collaborative Meetings are held from 9 am to 10:30 am in the at the Church’s Fellowship Hall (lower level) at 490 S. Melrose Drive, Vista. Admission is free and all are welcome. Complimentary coffee and pastries will be available.

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Wine, Music and Art FUNdraiser Oct. 21

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Public Forum at Dove Library Oct. 21

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