Without Permission, in partnership with Stanislaus CSA, hosted a community-wide free training event on March 1st at the Seasons McHenry Event Center. Over 200 residents, educators and local social services workers registered. They spent the day learning from the FBI and other local resources about the issue of human trafficking in the Central Valley, and how they could help identify and put a stop to it. Another community training is coming up on May 3rd. Check back in April to claim your seat for this powerful free event.
WP’s Human Trafficking 101 training is in high demand and we are working hard to be able to educate everyone who wants this training. We are hiring a Campus Training Specialist this year, who will focus on responding to the numerous calls we get from our junior high and high schools to train staff and students on how to avoid becoming a victim of a trafficker. We recently received this feedback: “One student told me listening to the speaker changed her life. She was in an unhealthy relationship with her boyfriend and he wanted her to move to LA with him to get her away from friends and family. Because she heard the presentation, she was able identify warning signs and protect herself from a potentially dangerous situation.”
In addition to resourcing local law enforcement, Without Permission is working closely with the District Attorney’s Office to advance the 209 Freedom Project for Stanislaus County. The 209 Freedom Project exists to create effective public partnerships through work groups on Community Education, Victim Resources, and Law & Justice, with the goal of ensuring that all forms of human trafficking are identified, addressed, and brought to justice.
Anyone interested in contributing to the 209 Freedom Project is welcome to join a work group meeting:
- Community Education Group meets at 1:30pm at El Concilio (1314 H Street, Modesto) on the third Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September and November.
- Victims Resource Group meets at 1:30pm at El Concilio (1314 H Street, Modesto) on the third Tuesday in January,March, May, July, September and November.
When a daughter is trafficked, the families are deeply affected. Family members often need emotional support for themselves, and also help to understand what their child has been through. From dealing with the terrible realization that your child is being trafficked, hoping for recovery and then working to heal and integrate the family in the aftermath – this is a difficult journey for the families involved. To meet the needs of these families, Without Permission is launching our WP Parent Partnership in April. The WP Parent Partnership is a facilitated support group for families of the victims of human trafficking. For more information contact us at (209) 622-0156.
We are looking for a model year 2015 or newer, 6 passenger van that we can use for survivor transport – getting to doctor appointments, court appearances and other necessary services. If you would like to donate towards this need, or know someone who may be able to assist us in this area, please give us a call in the office at (209) 622-0156.