January Collaborative Report

NORTH San Diego County HUMAN TRAFFICKING COLLABORATIVE – January 3, 2019

by Kaye Van Nevel and Karen Del Bene

From Left to right: Stephen Valdivia, Guest Speaker and Victim Specialist, FBI; Kaye Van Nevel, Soroptimist International (SI) of Vista/NCI; Yusef Miller, Mosques Against Trafficking; Marilyn Rudoff, Woman’s Club of Vista; Pam Warnock, SI North San Diego; Judy Horning, SI Poway, Lauren Chin, SI Poway; Le’Jeane’ Ellis, Victim Specialist FBI, Brady Finta, Director Carlsbad Office, FBI.

WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS, UPDATES, EVENTS

Twenty members attended our first meeting of 2019.   We were honored to welcome new visitors, Victim Specialists for the FBI, Brady Finta, Le’Jeane’ Ellis, and our guest speaker, Stephen Valdivia.  Also, Yusef Miller, Mosques Against Trafficking joined us. He will be honored as a Mission Hero at the STAT event listed below.* All of the attendees, whether interested individuals or representatives of specific organizations, strive to work toward the freedom of the enslaved victims of human trafficking.

Updates:  

  • Soroptimist Int’l Vista and North County Inland will sponsor their 13th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Event, January 12, Wave Water Park, Vista, 12:30-3:00.  Presenters include San Diego DA Summer Stephan; Saved In America, Joseph Travers; and Jaimee Johnson, Sisters of the Streets.
  • Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking (STAT) Salutes our Mission Heroes, Friday, March 1, 6-8 p.m., Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, Roetter Hall, 4321 Eastgate Mall, UTC, San Diego. Register at bit.ly/heroes 2019.*

Guest Speaker Stephen Valdivia

FBI Victim Specialist, Stephen Valdivia, works directly with victims identified on cases being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Diego County, including North County. Mr. Valdivia also provides victim assistance for FBI cases being investigated in Imperial County and in the FBI’s Honolulu Division which includes Hawaii, Guam, Saipan (CNMI) and American Samoa.  Additionally, Victim Specialist Valdivia is a member of the FBI’s Victim Services Response Team where he, and other specially trained FBI personnel, are prepared to board a plane on a moment’s notice in order to respond to incidences of mass casualties such as the 2016 Orlando Pulse Night Club shooting and the recent 2018 Thousand Oaks shooting.

Victim Services Division (VSD)

  • Funded by Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) – which comes from fines, assessments, forfeited bail, etc.
  • Victims Specialist – 170 in US
  • Terrorism & Special Jurisdiction Unit – Worldwide
  • Victim Services Team
  • Child Victim Services Unit

FBI Mandates Specialists to do the following:

  • Identify victims
  • Inform victims of right to receive services
  • Keep the updated as to status of investigation
  • Notify victims of arrest of the offender
  • On scene crisis intervention
  • Explain the process to victims
  • Assist local agents and FBI agents during victim interviews
  • Transport victims
  • Locate emergency services (i.e. housing)
  • Provide verbal and writing information on impact of the crime
  • Provide referrals for victim services (i.e. counseling)
  • Help crime victims secure compensation this can include the entire family
  • Arrange cleaning and return of property (evidence)

Victims voice is so important.  

Child advocacy center specially trained agents aid in interviewing children in a way that will hold up in court.

Victim Services Agents provide:

  • Assist victims and families (NOT WITNESSES)
  • Provide crisis intervention
  • Assistant employees who are victims of a federal crime
  • Assistant in providing death notifications for victims (throughout the country)
  • Provide limited language assistant
  • Safety Planning
  • Privacy
  • Basic needs (i.e. food and shelter, etc.)
  • Arrest and searches, especially if children at scene
  • Offer support for office involved shootings
  • Crisis negotiations
  • Mass Casualty Events (i.e. terrorism, shootings like Las Vegas)
  • Closed population as victims
  • Victim identifying
  • Communication
  • Victim Response Management
  • Return personal effects to victims and/or families of deceased

Victim Services Response Team (VSRT) includes:

  • Multi-disciplinary response
  • Provide emotional and logistical support to victims and their family members
  • Serve as liaison between victims and all investigation teams
  • Canine response teams (2)
  • Emergency assistant during a mass casualty including:
  • Uncompensated emergency medical and mental health expenses
  • Forensic exam expenses
  • Makes sure zero out of pocket family expenses of deceased victims are covered which includes hotels, transportation, loss wages, food, etc.

Human Trafficking Victims usually need long-term assistance and resources.  Victim Service Agents become involved in country wide stings, and offer all the services listed above, as well as supporting local authorities.

NEXT MEETING : March 7, 2019, Speaker TBD

ABOUT THE COLLABORATIVE

The North San Diego County 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

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Soroptimist vs Human Trafficking: A Look Back at 13 Years of Raising Awareness

by Kaye Van Nevel

I have learned so much in the years Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland has been a voice in the fight against sex trafficking. Many people are still unaware or believe it only occurs everywhere else: third world or impoverished countries. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states over 30 million people are enslaved worldwide in either labor or sex trafficking. In the U.S. there are 20,000 + victims of sex trafficking, 72% of whom are Americans. San Diego is designated by the FBI as one of the 13 worst child sex trafficking cities in our country.

COLLABORATIVE (n.) – A collaborative involves two or more people or organizations working together for a particular purpose

Standing beside me today:
Catherine Manis, who in 2005 as President recognized the local impact. Also, SI encouraged programs for global participation.
Marisa Ugarte, Founder Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition and one of the first voices for in the fight against human trafficking. The beginning of my education.
• The attendees at the Collaborative meetings for the past 13 years, many of whom are Soroptimists from sister clubs, and the United Methodist Church of Vista who open their doors for our meetings, and whose Cable Grants have been essential its success.
Stephanie Gonzales, Program Coordinator, North County Lifeline, Project Life. The case managers are first responders, called in when a suspected victims of human trafficking is retained, offering clothing, personal necessities, therapy, and safety. Since 2013 they have successfully helped 111 women and girls.
Kathy Hardy, survivor and Founder and Director of Freedom from Exploitation. In addition to counseling women and girls she conducts a First Offender Diversion Programs for the City Attorney’s office in which a man who has been arrested or cited for a first offense of procuring the services of a prostitute, is sent to her group.
Granville (Tom) Jones, Project Healing Outreach and Peer Empowerment to support men who have been sexually abused, exploited or have been victims of human trafficking. His words, “We have a clear understanding than men a far less likely than women to seek out support for trauma, in fact most never do”
Mayor Judy Ritter
California Legislators who have authored laws, successfully passed to better protect victims and increase penalties for perpetrators/pimps.
Joseph Travers, retired Navy Seal and Law Enforcement, Saved in America.
Jamie Quient, Lawyers Club of San Diego, and Founder and Lead Attorney for Free To Thrive which offers pro bono services to victims of sex trafficking.
Sisters Jean and Sheila, Directors who for 5 years directed the operation of Hope House, North County’s shelter for adult women victims of human trafficking. AND, Susan Johnson, Alabaster Jar Project the current director. We now know it as Grace House. The generosity of the Catholic Church to pay a year’s rent in advance when Susan took the helm, is a most extraordinary ecumenical collaboration, and a direct result of introductions at our Collaborative meetings.
Jaimee Johnson, Survivor, Thriver, from 7 years in “The Life”. She has been Peer Counselor, Project Life, and is currently Probation Mentor for Gang Suppression, VVC, Mother of three, going back to school.
And, standing beside me, Allison Metzler, Marge Swacker, Lani Beltrano, Karen Del Bene, Paula Nix and all our members. I am beyond grateful for the wonderful coverage and work Jackie Huyck and Aleta Dirdo deliver through Social Media and Soroptiline. Cherie Wilson spends hours each month combing the local newspapers, The LA and New York Times, and the internet to produce her well written article Good News Bad News. We are educating Desert Coast Region!

It really is all about education. And it is, most certainly time, to look at an uncomfortable truth. We can rescue, rehabilitate, and empower women for all we’re worth, but unless we take a hard look at WHOSE buying it’s a losing battle. This is called “THE DEMAND SIDE.”

Education IS at long last getting into our schools. Human trafficking will soon be introduced into high school Health Classes. BUT, we MUST recognize and break the cultural norms in this county and bring conversations into our living rooms and kitchens, where we talk about the power of respecting girls and women by bringing our boys and men into the discussion. I’ll pose a question to you. Do we recognize the cultural encouragement of the comments, frequently said with a chuckle, ‘Boy’s will be boys’; ‘Let ‘em sow their wild oats’? Or get rid of TV programs which are pretty much R Rated. Let’s recognize the degrading effect of programs with titles like “Pimp My Ride?” We have a culture to in need of RE education, with a lot of work ahead.

Our District Attorney, Summer Stephan, is been a powerful voice. When she was the Chief of the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division she tried over 100 jury trials. summer.stephan@sdcda.org. About 2 years ago, under her the direction, 29 would-be prostitution customers were arrested in San Diego as a part of a statewide crackdown on sexual exploitation of young women and girls. The multi-agency effort dubbed “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild.” Took place over a three day period, focusing on the demand side of human trafficking Stephan described the sweep as a “wake up call for men who buy sex, about the damage they are doing to our young women and children and the cycle of abuse they are promoting.”

So…The upcoming 13th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk on January 12 brings the larger community together. Although it may be only a one-time shot at education, our presenters are sure to make an impact. As mentioned at an earlier meeting, Joseph Travers, Saved in America will be one of our speakers. AND it is with great pleasure that I add District Attorney Summer Stephan to the podium.

Hope to see you there!

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November Collaborative Report

by Jackie Piro Huyck, Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland

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November 1, 2018, Vista, CA — November’s meeting of the North County San Diego Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative at United Methodist Church of Vista was well attended and featured guest speaker Jamie Quient, Esq., founder of Free to Thrive.

After sign-ins and refreshments, Kaye Van Nevel of Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland started the meeting with several announcements.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The California Senate has passed legislation appropriating $10 million in fiscal year 2018-2019 to provide services for survivors of human trafficking. This year’s funding will augment the Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Fund and allow organizations (like North County Lifeline in Vista) to continue to offer specialized services such as case management, counseling, legal assistance, social services, shelter and housing assistance to trafficking victims.
  • Soroptimist of Vista/NCI’s 13th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk will be held  January 12, 2019 from 12:30 pm to 3 pm at the Wave Waterpark entrance in Vista. Joseph Travers will be one of the guest speakers before the walk.
  • Jamie Quient’s Free to Thrive is holding a fundraiser on Thursday, November 8 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Mission Brewery, 1441 L Street, San Diego. Tickets available at freetothrive.org/tickets
  • Kaye has free luncheon tickets for anyone interested in attending a Soroptimist lunch meeting the third Friday of each month at noon at Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista (see soroptimistvista.org) or email soroptimistinternationalvista@gmail.com if you are interested.
  • Randa Krakow of United Methodist Church in Encinitas has a great lending library of books pertaining to human trafficking.
  • Kaye will attend the Vista Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee meeting Nov. 1 where the guest speaker is Don Stump of North County Lifeline; he’ll be speaking about Project LIFE.
  • Jamie Johnson of Sisters of the Streets still needs donations of toiletries for her Purses Project.
  • Holly Herring of Leap to Success announced she wants to open a women’s shelter in North County for victims of violence.
  • The next Collaborative meeting will be January 3, 2019 at 9 am, same place.

How Free To Thrive Helps Trafficking Victims

2018.JamieQuiantEsqGUEST SPEAKER Attorney Jamie Quient was introduced. Her Free To Thrive organization offers free legal services to victims of human trafficking. She decided to form Free to Thrive while she was working at the law firm Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch and taking on pro bono cases for them. Jamie identified a need for legal services for survivors of human trafficking, because there was nothing out there for them specifically at the time.

“When you find out what you’re meant to do in life, the Universe conspires to make it happen,” Jamie observed. At the time, she had a pro bono case with a trafficked victim who she said is doing well now, but at the time had legal issues she needed to clear up. This victim went to court on her own to clear up the issues but there was a bench warrant out for her and she was arrested and sent to Las Colinas jail. These are the kinds of clients that Free to Thrive helps.

Jamie explained that even with legal help and getting a dismissal of charges, “dismissal” is just an expungement of the client’s record, but the record remains searchable as a barrier to employment and other things. Her client would apply and interview for a job, get it, and then the employer would revoke the job offer when they saw she had a criminal record. This particular client was on the Dean’s List at school but it didn’t matter, she just couldn’t get a job because of her record.

Then Jamie heard a speaker from Brooklyn Law School talk about New York’s “vacatur” law to completely and irrevocably clear criminal records and give survivors a clean slate. New York and 10 other states have it. As president of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, Jamie spearheaded the creation of the club’s Human Trafficking Collaborative (HTC) arm. HTC has grown to over 250 members and now produces regular trainings for attorneys and an annual Legislative Roundtable. HTC spearheaded the passage and signing of  California’s own vacatur law (Penal Code 236.14) that provides restorative justice to human trafficking victims by removing any trace of related criminal charges from their record.

Once that law was in place, Jamie said, it opened up an entirely new area of legal work. She quickly filled out the necessary paperwork to form her own pro bono legal services organization for Human Trafficking survivors. It was approved before she had even gotten it off the ground, and she described the next year as “running a marathon while putting on your shoes” as she jumped through all the hoops needed to start the non profit, while the phones were ringing off the hook for her services. But she describes it as the “best job I ever had.”

logo-free-to-thriveShe modeled her organization as a traditional legal service provider with a permanent staff plus volunteer lawyers. She made it a 501(c)(3) but kept in mind the other two models she could have adopted but chose not to (Law School Clinic for students or Law Firm taking on commitment to do pro bono work). She came up with a process so that survivors don’t have to retell their whole life story over and over, which re-traumatizes them. She calls it “trauma informed lawyering” – and said there was no existing training for lawyers on how to work with trauma survivors. Jamie and her team created a holistic, mobile (county-wide) on-call clinic connected to anti trafficking organizations like Alabaster Jar, North County Lifeline, La Maestra, Grace House, etc. She said although her office is down in San Diego, she’s up in North County San Diego all the time.

Once a client is connected to a case manager, her team does a needs assessment. For instance, is the client homeless? etc. They strive to find out what their basic needs are first, and then only after those needs are addressed do they explore their legal needs, like child custody, credit issues, psychological issues, divorce, etc. The survivor is asked “What are your hopes and dreams for the future?”

Jamie said she measures success on whether her organization has helped her clients achieve THEIR goals. Particularly in cases where the client is in jail, Free to Thrive makes sure to assign a case manager BEFORE they are released, so that they don’t just disappear after release. For instance, they will make sure incarcerated clients have a housing program waiting for them when they’re released from jail. Jamie said it commonly takes months before these women are ready to talk about legal issues.

Jamie said she does not look at her clients based on their past records, but instead sees their potential going forward. She asks herself: What is this person going to be five to 10 years from now? That is what she envisions when she looks at them and that is what drives her. She said the hardest issues her group deals with are the ones involving children. The current system sees her clients as unfit parents (because of prior prostitution, drug addiction, terminated parental rights). She said she has seen cases where the dad was the trafficker and he ended up getting custody! She said child custody cases can drag on for years and years.

Jamie’s goal now is to expand her organization to help more victims, and also to have more lawyers nation-wide duplicate what she is doing. She sees a great need across the United States for the services she is providing.

Jamie would like to raise enough money from the funding community to increase her staff. Currently she has a team of two part-time staff attorneys and 1 part-time administrative assistant and 22 pro bono lawyers and a team of law students. She needs more help and funding and she mentioned the fundraiser on November 8 down at the Mission Brewery (see freetothrive.org/tickets).

For more information about Free to Thrive, visit their website at FreeToThrive.org

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The North San Diego County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative is a Program of Service of Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland in partnership with United Methodist Church of Vista. The 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 Collaborative Meetings are held bi-monthly on the first Thursday of the month 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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Jamie Quient to Speak at November 1st Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative Meeting

Contact: Kaye Van Nevel at kgvn@cox.net or Jackie Piro Huyck at jackiepiro@gmail.com

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Jamie Quient, Esq.

October 21, 2018, Vista, CASoroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting on Thursday, November 1st. 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 Jamie Quient, Esq. President and Managing Attorney at “Free to Thrive,” a nonprofit organization that empowers survivors of human trafficking in their journey to becoming thrivers, while providing hands-on experiential learning opportunities to law and graduate students. Prior to launching Free to Thrive in 2017, Jamie practiced civil litigation for five years at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP. Jamie was the 2016-2017 president of Lawyers Club of San Diego and founded the Lawyers Club Human Trafficking Collaborative.
For more information contact kgvn@cox.net or visit soroptimistvista.org.
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ABOUT SOROPTIMISTS OF VISTA and NORTH COUNTY INLAND:
Soroptimist of Vista and North County Inland (SI Vista NCI) was chartered on March 23, 1953. We are a dynamic group of professional business women who seek to make a difference in our community through offering scholarships and grants to local charities and by raising awareness and educating the public about issues affecting women and girls, such as domestic violence and human trafficking. Funds are raised through our annual salad luncheon for the public and other group and personal projects. For over 60 years in service, we have been committed to protecting the environment, education in the fields of health, economic and social development, leadership development, fellowship and diversity. SI Vista NCI holds luncheon meetings the first and third Friday of each month at Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista. For more information about Soroptimists, see our website at soroptimistvista.org or email us at soroptimistinternationalvista@gmail.com.

The North County San Diego Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative is a run as a program of service by Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland in partnership with the United Methodist Church of Vista. A diverse group of individuals, churches, non-profits and other community organizations, the Collaborative is 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 victim services, educate ourselves and the public, and advocate for policy and legislation related to human trafficking. The Collaborative meets every other month (on the first Thursday of the month) at 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist at 490 S. Melrose Drive, Vista, California. The event is free to the public, and coffee and pastries are served.

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September Collaborative Report

NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY HUMAN TRAFFICKING COLLABORATIVE
September 6, 2018
WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS, UPDATES, EVENTS

IMG_2189Legislative Update: The Sacramento legislative session is over and the surviving bills are now in the hands of Gov. Jerry Brown. He has already signed some measures into law, among them, a bill authored by San Diego Assemblyman Brian Malenschein, and co-authored by several other Assembly members, and sponsored by the San Diego County District Attorney’s office. The law allows for triple the damages a defendant would otherwise be liable for when the act is directed at more than one minor, when minors suffer physical, emotional or economic damage, or when the defendant knew or reasonably should have known that the sex victims was a minor. (Note: attached list of California State Trafficking bills – 2018)

Jacque Howard, United Methodist Church of Vista announced UMC Vista will host a League of Women Voters panel in the Fellowship Hall for discussion of issues on the November ballot at 10:45 a.m., on October 9th.

Kelly Steel, North Coast Calvary Chapel. Her church wants to become involved in the efforts to address the issues of sex trafficking.

Darrell Adamson, Screen Writer, is creating a feature film based in Southeast Asia about a group of Americans on a medical mission who stumble on a sex trafficking operation and decide to rescue victims. Currently, he awaits an option on his script. If that doesn’t occur, he will make it into a novel as a preliminary to a film.

Kaye Van Nevel, Soroptimist International of Vista & North County Inland shared that New Community Church is sponsoring a Golf Fundraiser with funds to go to Operation Hope, the year round homeless shelter in Vista. The date: Saturday, October 13, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Boulder Oaks Golf Club, 10333 Meadow Glen Way E., Escondido, CA. Contact Kaye for more information.

Kaye also commends La Maestra Community Health Centers’ Legal Advocacy Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program. Victim assistance is available Monday – Friday, 9-5, 4135 Fairmount Ave., San Diego.

Pat Spencer, novelist, announced her support of our work. Author of Story of a Stolen Girl, her book reveals the ease with which a young woman is ‘stolen,’ the super-human efforts of her mother who rescues her, and how the powerful international cartels control and use a recently available drug which renders victims totally compliant and erases all memory of abuse. http://patspencer.net.

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Kaye Van Nevel with guest speaker Joseph Travers

Guest Speaker Joseph Travers

Joseph Travers is the Founder and Executive Director of Saved In America. An Honorably Discharged Veteran from the United States Navy, Mr. Travers has a total of six years of experience in Law Enforcement, specifically in Criminal Investigations and Police Training and Supervision. He is also a Pastor for National Information Center.
He began his presentation with a brief video, the true story of a kidnapped girl and the concern of her parents. His team which tracks down and rescues missing children has a record of 95 out of 95! He described how he got involved, after a 2009 ministry, and read an article about the famous case of Brittanee Drexel, a 17-year-old who went missing in Florida in 2009 and was later found dead, after being gang raped.

Travers, who had worked narcotics in LA and got to know the gangs involved with the cartels, decided to form this rescue group using his knowledge. He partnered with US Navy Seals who were rescuing victims overseas. He wanted to do the same thing here in U.S. The first operation was in December 2014 these volunteers do not charge the clients who are parents seeking runaway/kidnapped children. All are licensed and insured Private Investigators so they can work with law enforcement, to ensure confidentiality with the parents, and they have an Attorney on staff. He said his “secret sauce” is “God brings the girls to us; we don’t find the girls.” He added that they are using very sophisticated surveillance equipment (including drones) and techniques to find out where the girls are being held and then they tell law enforcement where they are exactly so local law enforcement can get them. Said they themselves never have to touch anyone, it’s the gang/narcotics detectives that go in.

Some interesting factoids: 60% of the 95 girls his group rescued were foster kids.

Girls in places like Casa de Amparo in San Marcos are sometimes allowed to have cellphones they can use to call their pimps to pick them up for a “job” and bring them back to the shelter! Casa said they got no help from local law enforcement to prevent this, so Joseph’s group helped and successfully prevented 15 girls from being picked up by their pimp.

His group has prepared a one-hour lesson plan for Homeland Security. The Key to Success is when a child a child is reported as a runaway to get to her before the traffickers do. The first 48 hours are crucial; it’s a race against time. He said recruiters are in every high school and middle school. They are students themselves who are being groomed by gangs from a young age to target vulnerable girls. These young boys are called “pee wees” and are as young as 11. Travers said 40% of all runaways become trafficked. He said law enforcement must be retrained about how to handle missing persons’ reports.

Michelle Walsh, Coordinator of Student Services for Vista Unified School District commented that every runaway in her district is reported to her. There was discussion about the current law which does NOT allow minor victims to be detained for their own safety. The unintended consequence of no longer being able to put them in juvenile hall opens the door for release BACK to the streets where the predators grab them again.

Each rescue costs about $5500 per recovery. His group relies on donations and volunteers. “We have some really good equipment,” he said. They have a case manager for each case, and photos and video is preserved as evidence that can be used in court to sue the bad guys. The traffickers always plead poverty, but have cash hidden or own property, so now the homeowners of the property where girls are found can be sued.

This long awaited model is now being recognized and duplicated across the country. It comes from compassion, knowledge and expertise of one man who knows the goodness of others, and brings them together, and revives hope.

Present: Joseph Travers, Saved in America
Michelle Walsh, Coordinator Student Services, VUSD
Kaye Van Nevel, Jackie Piro Huyck, Karen Del Bene, Brenda Pacheco,
Soroptimist Int’l of Vista & North County Inland (SIVNCI)
Lisa Adams, Friends of the Park
Lauren Chin, Soroptimist International of Poway
Judy Horning, Soroptimist Int’l of Poway, S.T.A.T., BSCC
Terri Haskins, Susan Gubar, Joyce Odom, Soroptimist Int’l of Oceanside-Carlsbad
Lynn Flanagan, Soroptimist Int’l, North San Diego
Pam Warnock, Soroptimist Int’l, North San Diego, S.T.A.T., BSCC
Marianne Grisez, St. Thomas More Church
Donna Hubner, Educator
Terrie Nash, concerned citizen from Oceanside
Jacque Howard, United Methodist Women UMC, Vista
Karla Halvorson, Pastor, Lutheran Church, San Marcos
Stephanie Gonzalez, Program Coordinator, N.C. Lifeline, Project Life
Anne Harrison, Interest Individual
Jenny Root, Escondido author
Darrell Adamson, Lake San Marcos, independent screenwriter
Jacqui Howard, United Methodist Women
Pat Spencer, author, Story of a Stolen Girl

NEXT MEETING November 1, 2018

Speaker: Jamie Quient, Esq., President and Managing Attorney of Free to Thrive



The North San Diego County 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

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