March 4, 2018–The NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY anti-HUMAN TRAFFICKING COLLABORATIVE met on Thursday, March 1, 2018: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Guest Speaker: Trish Martinez
Introductions and Announcements
*Jacque Howard (United Methodist Church) announced their Bake Sale Fundraiser March 17th at the Vista Farmers Market by the Courthouse.
*Teri Haskins (Soroptimists Oceanside/Carlsbad) announced the showing of “Women Like Us” Sunday, March 4 at 3pm at the Oceanside Regal theater for $10. The director of the movie will be present to speak about her film. Also Teri is hosting a free screening of “Indoctrinated” in her backyard on June 22. (More info to come)
*Olivia Navarro plans to open an emergency shelter for trafficking survivors.
*Lisa Adams announced “Friends of the Park” (Kaysee and Norio Morota, Church of Christ) will be serving warm meals at Magee Park in Carlsbad every Sunday morning. There is need for volunteer servers.
*Penny Harrington compiled and distributed the current list of legislative bills related to human trafficking. Look for the attached list, specifically the Federal Bill H.R. 1865, the last one. ACTION: Please call our U.S. Senators and urge them to do what they can to bring H.R. 1865 to the floor quickly and support the bill. Sen. Kamala Harris: Phone (202) 224-3553; also contact: Deputy Chief firstname.lastname@example.org; General Counsel email@example.com Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Phone (202) 224-3841 Also contact: Leg. Director: firstname.lastname@example.org; Leg. Aide email@example.com
*Jackie Huyck announced Soroptimist Annual Salad Luncheon fundraiser on April 12 from 11:30 to 1:30 at Grace Church, 1450 E. Vista Way in Vista. $15 in advance/$18 at door See soroptimistvista.org
* Kaye Van Nevel announced the free screening of the documentary, SOLD at Palomar College, March 8, 5:30-8, in the Governing Board Room.
Next meeting of the Collaborative will be Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 9 am
Guest Speaker Presentation: Trish Martinez
Trish Martinez is a Diegueno and Yaqui Native American and is a member of the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians of San Diego County. An integral member of the San Diego Human Trafficking/CSEC Advisory Council she is a valuable resource for awareness in the Native communities throughout the southwest region. She was appointed to the San Diego County Advisory Council as Native Liaison. Her advocacy achieved an international reach when she spoke at the March 2017 United Nations 61st Commission on the Status of Women: Human Trafficking in Native Country, which she shared at our meeting.
She looked back at the history of systemic Indian genocide starting with colonization and Christopher Columbus’s diaries in which he talks about “Handlers” (i.e. Traffickers) and also the explorer Hernando de Soto who claimed Florida for Spain and who had “Porters” procuring Indian “Comfort Women” for his men. Trish explained how subsequent laws have created tribal areas that still lack the resources and support for proper law enforcement and prosecution for these crimes.
In 1860 a completely negative experience was forced on Indian children when the Bureau of Indian Affairs established the first Indian boarding school which aimed to assimilate the Indian children into the mainstream. If the initial idea held any positive outcome, the Indian culture was totally ignored and parents were excluded from their children.
She talked about the “Man Camps” of today formed in the wake of the oil boom, on tribal property. As an example, in North Dakota, over 100,000 men from outside the state moved in to work and live in man camps established by the oil companies. As a result, drugs, domestic violence and sexual assault, including rape and sex trafficking to many Native Americans living there have skyrocketed. But local law enforcement was slow, if ever to respond.
Currently there is progress being made educating hotel workers and casinos as they train all workers to recognize and report the signs of human trafficking. New employees have to sign a form saying they will not partake of trafficking and will be aware of it and report if they see it happening. The multitude of Indian Casinos has opened more doors for exploitation. Fortunately, in California, hotel staff is trained to be observant to the signs of human trafficking, particularly in those casinos with attached hotels and multi-leveled parking structures.
Trish is now part of a worldwide movement with other anti-trafficking advocacy groups focused on gender equality, decent work, economic growth, peace, justice and strong institutions.
Penny Harrington, California Legislative Analyst
Tom Coxon, Research Analyst
Olivia Navarro, Shining Stars and Alabaster Jar Project
Jacque Howard, United Methodist Women, UMC Vista
Charity Brant, Mary and Joe Mottino, YMCA, Director of Youth Services
Teri Haskins, Oceanside/Carlsbad (Soroptimist International of Oceanside/Carlsbad)
Judy Horning, Soroptimist International of Poway, S.T.A.T., BSCC
Pam Warnock, Soroptimist International of North San Diego, S.T.A.T.
Lisa Adams, Activist
Christina Rangel, Interested Individual
Kaye Van Nevel, Marge Swacker, Allison Metzler and Jackie Huyck, Soroptimist International of Vista & North County Inland