We had three guest speakers at our November 7 Collaborative meeting.
From Vista Unified School District: Michelle Walsh, Student Support Services Coordinator
Michelle presented the Human Trafficking curriculum which has been added to Wellness Education classes for middle and high school students across San Diego County. The population she assists include homeless (of which there are 1700 registered students in VUSD) LGBTQ community, military and incarcerated students. She is also the Parenting Youth Liaison, SARB and attendance supervisor, mental health and offers crisis services. She has a true commitment and interest to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
From the Center for Community Solutions: Ivonne (Olguin) Ibarra, Sexual Assault Victim Advocate and Maria Hernandez, Legal Advocate
Ivonne spoke of her work with the victims of sexual violence at the Escondido Center for Community Solutions. She explained that during interviews and forensic exams, she is able to ascertain the specifics of their trauma. She will also accompany them to court hearings if they request her presence. She is also a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and the volunteers who work in this arena must be available 24/7 to respond to crisis calls. Children between the ages of 6-17 are treated with special care, with specific forensic exams to include preventive medications for possible HIV and STD’s. With patience and kindness, Ivonne advocates for their safety and offers multiple resources to assist their recovery.
Maria guides the clients to available family law services to help them with issue such such as child custody and restraining orders. Available services are also offered with the client’s choice of acceptance. She stressed that the decision is always theirs, and must be honored. She has noted that it is very difficult for these women, and occasionally men, to go through the legal process, sometimes taking months.
Ivonne Ibarra, Victim Advocate, Center for Community Solutions (CSS),
Maria Hernandez, Legal Advocate, CSS
Jessica McDaniel, Autumn Williams, Students, Cal State University San Marcos
Holly Herring, N.C. Serenity House
Sr. Maureen Brown
Phillip Goscienski, M.D., St. Thomas More:
Callie Grett, Donna Hubner, Terri Nash , concerned citizens
Donna Weber, doTERRA
Ken Kostedt, Shining Stars
Judy Horning, SI Poway, STAT and BSCC:
Chari Goddard, Teri Haskins, SI Oceanside/Carlsbad:
Jackie Huyck, Elizabeth Freed, Kaye Van Nevel of SI Vista and North County Inland
INTRODUCTIONS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Kaye Van Nevel welcomed all attendees, and asked them to introduce themselves and speak to their interest in Human Trafficking. Highlights:
Donna Weber’s company doTERRA Essential Oils shared a report from the U.S. Department of Justice takedown of the largest dark net child exploitation website. The site had over 1 million downloads of child exploitation material. Eight terabytes of material was seized, and 23 minors were rescued who were actively being abused by the site users, residing in the U.S., Spain and the UK.
Ken Kostedt, of Shining Stars, continues to work toward a better understanding for issues of abuse among men. Shining Stars exists to restore, support, and empower women, children, and men from human trafficking.
Kaye has a copy of the DVD Shattered Dreams, a documentary about sex trafficking in San Diego. It was produced by Palomar College TV and is available for free screenings.
Teri Haskins and her Human Trafficking Committee at Soroptimist International Oceanside/Carlsbad (SIOC) are collaborating with Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland (SIVNCI) to better educate and raise awareness about these issues.
Jackie Huyck announced Soroptimist’s QuarterMania Fundraiser Sunday, Nov. 24 at the Vista Optimist Club, 600 Optimist Way, Vista, noon to 3 p.m. Full details are at http://www.soroptimistvista.org
Kaye reported the passage of Assembly Bill 629 which amended current law (Prop 35) to give the California Victim Compensation Board express guidance that a human trafficking victim is eligible to receive compensation from California’s Victims Compensation Program for income losses incurred as a result of human trafficking.
Kaye also shared two recent articles from the Union Tribune featuring stories of how young women are affected by their neighborhood cultures to enter prostitution, and young men to become pimps. The articles clearly state how the multilayered issue affects communities of color, specifically in Southeastern San Diego. Armand King, a former pimp, has written a book entitled Raised In Pimp City.
Save-the-Date: 14th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day Walk, Saturday, January 11, 1-3 p.m., Vista Library Community Room. SI Vista NCI AND SI Oceanside-Carlsbad together!!!
JANUARY COLLABORATIVE MEETING CANCELLED
SAVE-THE-DATE for next Collaborative Meeting:
MARCH 5, 2020, UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 9:00 A.M.