Tom Jones and Kaye Van Nevel
March 2, 2017, Vista, CA—Kaye Van Nevel welcomed all attendees, and asked them to introduce themselves and speak to their interest in Human Trafficking. Since many upcoming events were shared without notes recorded she requests information/flyers to be emailed or re-emailed to her for distribution.
Penny Harrington presented the legislative report. Many bills are up for consideration. Included in her attachment is the e-mail address to look up any bill for further reading. Also, contacting the author of the bill with support or to voice disagreement is encouraged. Penny will continue to update us, and encourage legislative contact.
Our guest speaker, Tom Jones, gave a powerful presentation beginning with his own childhood history of sexual abuse, the scars that he carried into adulthood, his complete loss of self-esteem, and his ongoing recovery. In that process he has become an advocate and activist with Project HOPE–Healing, Outreach, and Peer Empowerment.
There are currently 36 men who now have a safe space to talk about being exploited and work through the deep feelings of shame and secrecy to begin healing. Once a week, Tom and his three teams of volunteers called “A Bunch of Guys” take on the challenges of The Demand Side by responding to ads they’ve purposely placed on BackPage. When they answer a call, their responses include the facts that they have the caller’s name and number and they offer information to assist in stopping further attempts to procure. Since October 2016 they have intercepted 4600 calls!
For information about more of Tom’s incredible efforts, go to Survivor Leader Network San Diego, http://www.slnsd.com/home
The next Collaborative Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 2017, 9 a.m., United Methodist Church of Vista, 490 S. Melrose Drive, Vista, Fellowship Hall, lower level.