2017 Nonprofit of the Year

The 2nd Annual California Nonprofits Day was held on June 28, 2017. Nearly 100 California nonprofit organizations from around the state that have been selected by legislators as their Nonprofits of the Year were be recognized at a luncheon event at the Sacramento Convention Center.
Without Permission Inc. was selected by Assemblyman Heath Flora of the 12th Assembly District which represents parts of both San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties.

Thank you to all of our volunteers and staff members at Without Permission. Your impact to our community has helped change the lives of hundreds families affected by trafficking!

“But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
Amos 5:24 (NASB)

Founder’s Message

 

Dear WP Family and Friends,

What a wonderful year it has been.

Wait, it has been 3 months and we have not touched the ground yet. I say Glory to God in the Highest.

I am excited to share our first “Quarterly Reach” with you. Let me say a big thank you to Katherine, our Editor, and so much more. She is making this very important work come to life. I hope you enjoy the content and find a passion to continue to pray, fund and labor for a generation targeted by sexual exploitation.

Our team at WP has been busy serving the Central Valley, local cities, victims, resource partners, families, churches and Jesus. Keeping the vision of ending the culture of human trafficking right here at home always before us. Some of these works are included in this posting.

For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1:9

 

Because He Lives,
Debbie Johnson
CEO and Founder

SB1322 : Commercial Sex Acts and Children

 New California Law SB1322: Commercial Sex Acts and Children

In January, SB 1322 went into effect. This controversial bill changed the way minors involved in trafficking are treated under the law. Selling or buying a minor for sex is still illegal, but the children being sold are no longer committing a crime.

There was a lot of discussion about this bill, and many mixed reviews of its potential effects. Supporters want to see trafficked minors treated as victims and not further stigmatized as criminals or prostitutes when they are actually the victims of exploitation. SB1322 channels victimized children through the welfare/dependency system instead of the criminal justice system for services.

Detractors are concerned that the welfare system is already overburdened and unable to handle this population. They worry that law enforcement won’t have the leverage they need to prosecute pimps without having the victims in custody.

This legislation and the issues involved are complex enough that a national leader on human trafficking issues, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley from Alameda County, originally opposed and later supported SB1322.

In an effort to help those of you who want to read more about this recent change in law, here are some more articles with different perspectives.

 

Further Resources:

SB 1322 Fact Sheet

Shared Hope writes strongly in favor of SB 1322

The LA Times offers an exploration of the issues

 

 

 

 

2017 Benefit Dinner Recap

Without Permission Celebrates 6 Years of Serving the Central Valley

Held on February 3rd, 2017 at the Martin G. Petersen Center, Without Permission’s 5th Annual Benefit Dinner was ‘an evening in the French Quarter’ complete with jazz band, photo booth, espresso bar by Nightingale Coffee and a delicious dinner catered by Surla’s. Silent auction items and raffle prizes filled the room, all of which were donated by nearly 100 local businesses.

Without Permission Board Members congratulate Volunteer of the Year,       Christina Ramirez.
Volunteers sell raffle tickets and balloons holding prize tickets. There were many ways to have fun supporting a great cause.
Attendees bid on a wide variety of silent auction items.

In addition to enjoying an educational evening with engaging speakers from local government and churches, the more than 200 attendees raised over $37,000 at this event. Clearly the Central Valley is engaged in the battle to end sex trafficking. We look forward to seeing you there next year!

Partner Spotlights

Donor Spotlight:

 

 

Thank you to One Church Bethel for partnering with WP through the Kingdom Builders campaign.

Pastors Marcia and Kyle Bethke, and the One Church family: We are grateful for your support and your pledge to continue raising funds for the fight against human trafficking!

 

Partner Spotlight:

Thank you to Get Fit Modesto , who is partnering with us for their 4 week boot camp starting in April.  We both strive to see positive change in our community. So come and join the WP team at boot camp – have fun, get fit and support the cause at the same time!

 

Volunteer Spotlight:

 

This bright light is our Volunteer Coordinator, Sandy Sexton!

 

Sandy wears a lot of hats around the office- everything from copy machine maintenance to graphic design. But her main job is to coordinate our volunteers. She organizes the orientations for incoming volunteers several times a year, and makes sure we have trained staff on hand at our events all year long.

On a personal note, Sandy is known for her infectious and hearty laughing- which she blesses us with many times a day. She can raise your spirits just walking into the room. She loves her iced tea and her doggies. She is a prayer warrior, with a HUGE and tender heart for helping people in need.

Thank you Sandy for all that you do! You are a blessing!

If you are interested in becoming a WP Volunteer, there are lots of ways to help! Please start by filling out our Volunteer Application.

 

“A generous person will prosper;
    whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

Proverbs 11:25

WP In Action

 

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.

 

 

 

Get Involved at Without Permission

Join the fight to #endtheHTculture:

 

DONATE GIFT CARDS  We always have a need for $25 gift cards to Target and Winco. Trafficking victims frequently come to us without appropriate clothing or food resources. This is one way you can provide them direct support.

 

 

CERTIFIED NAVIGATORS     We currently have a need for volunteer Certified Navigators who are bilingual and/or live in San Joaquin County. If you are interested, please fill out a Volunteer Application and indicate “Survivor Support” as your preferred area of interest. We will contact you with upcoming training dates.

 

 

 

JOIN OR CREATE AN M360 FUNDRAISING TEAM    This year we’ve been chosen by Horizon Community Church’s M360 Bicycling Club to receive the funds raised in their annual 360 mile ride down the California coast, from Watsonville to Malibu in July 2017! Lots of riders have already started their fundraising pages. You can donate to their team or start your own here.

 

BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR    For as little as $10/month, you can join our 5k@10 fundraising campaign and contribute to the positive change Without Permission is making in the community – educating our kids to stay safe, supporting law enforcement and social services, and helping trafficking survivors restore their lives. We have about 40 committed donors to date. Our goal is to have 100 on board by the end of 2017. Will you be one of them?