January 4, 2018 Meeting of the North County San Diego Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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: email@example.com.
• FYI: Randa Krakow, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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