March Collaborative Report

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 rohini_kosoglu@harris.senate.gov; General Counsel josh_hsu@harris.senate.gov Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Phone (202) 224-3841 Also contact: Leg. Director: roscoe_jones@feinstein.senate.gov; Leg. Aide ellen_baron@feinstein.senate.gov
*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.

Attendance:
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

 

 

 

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Trish Martinez to speak at March 1 Collaborative Meeting

HTCollaborativeNEWBannerSmallThe next meeting of the North County San Diego Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative is Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 9 am. As always the meeting is free, open to the public, and coffee and pastries will be available.

Our Guest Speaker is Trish Martinez. Martinez is a Diegueno and Yaqui Native American and is a member of the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians of San Diego County.

She is an integral member of the San Diego Human Trafficking/CSEC Advisory Council and has become 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.
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.

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Screening of “SOLD” March 8 at Palomar College

poster-sold-e1441589751289Screening Followed by Panel Discussion

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
WHERE: Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Rd., San Marcos, in the Governing Board Room. This is a free event and open to the public.

Hosted by: Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking; Soroptimist International of Vista & North County Inland and the Palomar College Philosophy Club. Palomar President Joi Lin Blake will give opening remarks.

SOLD is a narrative, feature film adaptation of the globally acclaimed novel by Patricia McCormick. Based on true stories, SOLD is the story of Lakshmi, who journeys from a pastoral, rural village in Nepal to a gritty brothel/prison called Happiness House in Kolkata, India. Through one extraordinary girl’s story, SOLD illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, which affects millions of children around the globe every year. Globally the average age of a trafficked girl is thirteen, the same age as the girl in the film. SOLD is a call to action, and a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit.

SOLD is directed by Academy and Emmy award-winner, Jeffrey D. Brown, Executive Produced by two time Academy Award winner, Emma Thompson, Produced by Jane Charles, Co-Produced by Katie Mustard and Written by Joseph Kwong and Jeffrey D. Brown

Guest Speakers:

Kaye Van Nevel, Soroptimist International of Vista & North County Inland

Jaimee Johnson is the founder of Sisters of the Streets, which focuses on empowering and encouraging young girls and women to find their passions and life outside of the “adult” industry. Jaimee is an active peer support specialist with North County Lifeline’s “Project Life.”  Her goal is to share her personal experience so others may relate and find hope in their own lives.

Elizabeth Camarena, Esq. is Associate Director at Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego. CCLC is a non-profit law firm which provides quality pro bono legal services to approximately 2,000 victims of human and civil rights violations each year. Elizabeth oversees its legal programs which serve individuals fleeing persecution and torture, victims of human trafficking, and children in need of humanitarian protection in the United States.

 

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Deadline Approaching for Soroptimists Awards Gala Tickets

Deadline to RSVP is Feb. 23!

Soroptimist International of Vista/NCI Blog

gala-poster-for-websiteVISTA, California, February 6, 2018—Tickets are still available for the Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland’s “Live Your Dream” Awards Gala Dinner to be held Saturday, March 10 from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Vista Valley Country Club, 29354 Vista Valley Drive in Vista. Ticket reservations must be made by February 23. Tickets are $75 per plate, and Table Sponsorships are still available for $800 per table of 8. Proceeds benefit education awards for women. Event co-sponsors are Tri-City Medical Center and Modern Builders Supply.

Soroptimists will hand out three education grants of $5,000 each to three recipients, all of whom are single head-of-household women who have overcome enormous obstacles and are trying to better their lives and the lives of their children. Guests will begin their Gala experience with a 6 p.m. Welcome Reception with no-host bar, DJ music, and…

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Human Trafficking Awareness Walk in Vista a Success

Soroptimist International of Vista/NCI Blog

img_7407-mOn a beautiful Saturday afternoon, January 20th an energetic group of 150 Vista area citizens embarked on the 12th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk. Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland sponsors this event to highlight the impact of sexual exploitation in our community. Held high, the “Honk to Stop Human Trafficking” signs were greeted by noisy horns of support as they marched from the Wave Water Park along Vista Village Drive to Civic Center Drive and back.

We heard from two experts. The first, Masayo Halpin, retired FBI agent, spoke of her long term relationship with a young girl who at first resisted help, but because of Masayo’s consistent interest and care, got out of “the life.” Jaimee Johnson followed with a poem she wrote about her years in “modern day slavery.” Her words made it clear that nearly every street on which we drive…

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Soroptimist’s 12th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk Set for Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Contact: Kaye Van Nevel at kgvn@cox.net

VISTA, California, January 5, 2018Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland invites citizens in North County San Diego to attend our 12th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day Walk, to be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Vista. The walk is one mile round trip, rain or shine.

Club members and interested citizens will gather at 1 pm at Vista’s Wave Waterpark (located at 101 Wave Drive in Vista) to hear brief announcements and speakers, including Jaimee Johnson, Peer Counselor, North County Lifeline’s Project Life, and Masayo Halpin, retired FBI Special Agent, Human Trafficking, Portland, Oregon. “Stop Human Trafficking” signs will be available for all participants, plus a limited number of t-shirts. There will be an information table at the Wave Waterpark throughout the event for attendees to find out…

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January Collaborative Report

January 4, 2018 Meeting of the North County San Diego Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative

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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: divora@sdop.net.
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: cbrant@ymca.org.
• FYI: Randa Krakow, randakra@cox.net, 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

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