March Collaborative Meeting

NORTH SD COUNTRY HUMAN TRAFFICKING COLLABORATIVE March 7, 2019
WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS, UPDATES, EVENTS

Notes by Allison Metzler, SI Vista and North County Inland

Next Meeting is May 2, 2019 Guest speaker TBD

Kaye called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. Several first-time visitors joined us. (note *’s by their names on the attendance list).
• Andrew Schmidt from Fallbrook and his wife have launched program which assists trafficked survivors from Thailand.
• Several members of United Methodist Church expressed interest in our work which correlates with their United Methodist Women’s mission outreach program to address human trafficking.
• Mandy May-Fitzgerald, Registered Aroma Therapist, stated as a private citizen she wanted to learn more. (Later in the meeting she volunteered to join Friends of the Park, homeless outreach.)
• Jackie Huyck, Soroptimist Int’l Vista and North County Inland invited all attendees to attend the SIVNCI Live Your Dream Awards Gala on March 23, 2019. It’s a fundraiser for the local Club and will celebrate our three Awardees with $5000 scholarships to help them achieve their educational goals. Tickets and sponsorships are still available. Please go to www.SoroptimistVista.org for registration and tickets.
• Kaye shared the January 2019 report from the office of SD DA Summer Stephan. The recently formed San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective received a $3 million grant from UBS Optimus Foundation to fund the curriculum in all San Diego County schools which will reach students through three programs that emphasize education, empowerment and intervention. The program will educate students in the fifth, seventh, ninth and eleventh grades about human trafficking The program will also help to train other district staff, such as nurses, bus driver and cafeteria employees on how to recognize the signs of a child who is being used by traffickers.
Legislation

• Several bills have been submitted by various authors regarding human trafficking. Kaye emailed the list, and will continue to receive updates as the session continues.
• Kaye received hopeful information from Ginger Shaw, Executive Director, California against Slavery and Vice Chair/San Diego Human Trafficking Advisory Council. “There is a $10 million ongoing budget inclusion for human trafficking victim providers that the Governor has added to his Budget. It looks like the Assembly will include it in theirs. Not sure where the Senate stands. Each house can make modifications until May, and then they choose either the Governor/Assembly/Senate, so it’s important to include all three.”
• We are encouraged to send letters of support, once the final version(s) evolve.

GUEST SPEAKERS: PASTOR KATHY (KAYSEE) MOROTA, CHURCH OF CHRIST,
FRIENDS IN THE PARK, HER HUSBAND, NORIO, AND LISA ADAMS

Kaysee is the Pastor of the Community of Christ. She and her husband, Norio, and Lisa Adams serve the homeless community in Carlsbad and Oceanside. Every Sunday, they and many of the homeless members themselves, prepare and serve a meal in McGee Park in Carlsbad. They also provide clothing, shoes, fellowship and most importantly, relationships. This year-round ministry not only assists homeless individuals and families in meeting their daily needs, but strives to educate those in securing those services that might be available to them and assist in helping people find lodging, employment and future stability. Eleven years ago the membership of the Community of Christ made a radical decision: to sell their beautiful church building in Vista and to “leave the pews” to promote communities of joy, hope, love and peace. They began Friends of the Park. This journey has not only included members of this faith movement as well as a new-founded relationship with our community members living on the streets in Carlsbad, but also the many new partnerships with individuals and organizations who also desire to be part of a team with a vision of making this world a better place for all. We heard stories of amazing recoveries, the support of law enforcement, and members of the local community. We all enjoyed their video which captured a busy Sunday morning and lots of smiles.


Present:

  • Kaysee Morota, Pastor, Community of Christ Church, Carlsbad Friends of the Park
  • Norio Morota, Community of Christ Church, Carlsbad, Friends of the Park
  • Lisa Adams, Friends of the Park
  • Evelyn Llewelyn, Community Church of Christ, Friends of the Park*
  • Vickie Lancaster, Friends of the Park, Operation Hope, Vista*
  • Kaye Van Nevel, Soroptimist Int’l of Vista & NCI SIVNCI
  • Jackie Piro Huyck, Lani Beltrano, Allison Metzler, SIVNCI
  • Judy Horning, SIP, Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking, S.T.A.T., Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, BSCC
  • Pam Warnock, Soroptimist Int’l, North San Diego, S.T.A.T., BSCC
  • Lynn Flanagan, Soroptimist International of Poway SIP
  • Michelle Walsh, Coordinator, Student Support Services, VUSD
  • Suzanne McMurchie, Interested individual*
  • Mandy May-Fitzgerald, Interested individual*
  • Jacquie Howard, United Methodist Church, Vista, and United Methodist Women
  • Lyn Berry, United Methodist Church, Vista, and United Methodist Woman
  • Samantha Chacon, Interested individual*
  • Laura Kirkland, Vista Library*
  • Andrew Schmidt, Awaken Fair Trade, Fallbrook
  • Orquidia Contreras, Manager Vista Library*
  • Steve Valdivia, FBI Victim Specialist
  • Le’Jeane Ellis, FBI Victim Specialist

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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