Founder’s Message

Dear Friends and Family of Without Permission,

Every day is a new challenge and a new opportunity here at Without Permission. We are growing tremendously to meet the needs of our local survivors and the prevention needs of our community. We have a great group of staff and volunteers who are meeting the challenge with courage so I want to thank and congratulate them on a job very well done!

We’ve celebrated many survivor successes this year and even some successes in court as well. Local schools are implementing human trafficking awareness trainings for their students as they become more aware that in fact, their students are being trafficked. It is happening right here at home.

For those of you interested in staying abreast of legal developments, Shared Hope International’s “Protected Innocence Challenge” provides in depth information on the U.S’s legislative efforts to end child sex trafficking. Click here to see California’s state report card, and here for a legal analysis of California trafficking laws.

Thank you for being part of our mission to end human trafficking in the Valley. However you contribute – be it through prayer, financially, volunteering or simply reading a newsletter and staying connected to us as a resource – we need you if we are going to eradicate this evil from our community together.

I hope you enjoy reading more about our work and how you can get involved.

Save the Date – Feb 9th is next year’s Benefit Dinner. See you there!

Together,

Debbie Johnson

Founder and CEO

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life.”   ~Psalm 138:7

Back To School 2018 – Trafficking Prevention

 

Modesto Police Department highlights trafficking prevention for local youth

Our thanks to Detective Steve Anderson and Modesto Police Department, for sponsoring this educational video for parents with our own Debbie Johnson. Feel free to share with other parents – this is important information that you don’t want to miss.

 

Kudos to Modesto City Schools, Ceres Unified and Tracy Unified School Districts, for recognizing the value of human trafficking awareness training for their staff and students!

We recently did a staff training at Tracy USD and the response was fantastic! Teachers and staff gained the information needed to be alert to potentially dangerous situations with their students. See the write up in the Tracy Press for more info.

We will be providing ongoing staff trainings and class presentations to students at Modesto and Ceres Schools during the school year. The presentations teach students to be savvy about their social media use, and aware of the signs of potential trafficking situations – in their own life and that of their friends. This can feel like a tough issue to tackle in schools, and we salute the courage and foresight these districts show to face the issue head on and equip their staff and students for success.

 

 

 

 

WP In Action

 

 

 

Patterson Block Party

In August the town of Patterson hosted a back to school Block Party. We had a booth, and provided prevention awareness to kids and families from all over Patterson. Thank you to the volunteers who staffed this information booth, and our Spanish language translator for attending and making sure we reached as many as possible!

 

Friend to Friend Conference

September saw the Friend to Friend youth conference return to the Modesto Centre Plaza, hosted by the Stanislaus County Office of Education. More than 500 high school students meet to develop effective resiliency and leadership skills alongside their peers, which they then take back to their schools with the ability to make a positive impact. We had an information booth at this event and the kids were very interested to learn about how to prevent trafficking and help each other stay safe.

 

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month

On Sunday January 7th we will have 10 local churches doing awareness training. Ask your pastor if your church is involved yet!

We will again be co-hosting a movie night at the State Theater on January 11th to highlight trafficking awareness. This event is free and open to the public.

 

 

 

 

This year, we as a community had a total success in the fight for justice for trafficking victims. Two local traffickers were prosecuted, sentenced, and are now in jail. We’ve been privileged to walk alongside two of the three victims’ families as they go through this process. The fight to prosecute, go to trial and get a conviction can be a long haul for victims and a guilty verdict and jail time is a huge win!

This kind of success happens because we all work together. Some work to support the victim and her family, some to educate the community, some fund the work, some build the case and some prosecute the trafficker. Every piece of this is vital. Five years ago this wasn’t happening but now it is. Thank you for being of the solution by supporting Without Permission!

 

 

Our team of Certified Navigators continues to work tirelessly to meet the needs of the survivors we serve. We have numerous upcoming outings and retreats planned for the girls, and all are staffed by trained volunteers.

Just His House continues to be a safe place for survivors and their families to gather, learn and heal. Our weekly Parent Partnership Meetings have been highly successful in offering families the support they need to deal with the aftermath of the trafficking.

Recently our Navigators worked with a young girl who had been removed from home and placed in three different counties over six months. Amongst all of the different group homes, different peers and different social workers, WP Navigators were her only constant presence during this time. We visited her consistently and went to court with her while it was decided that she would become a ward of the state. The power of a familiar face in the midst of such chaos can not be overstated. Our volunteer Navigators are truly the heart of our Restoration Department.

Partner Spotlights

Donor Spotlight

 

The M360 cycling fundraiser wrapped up in August with a final total of $55,636.40 raised to help Without Permission fight human trafficking locally, and support victims as they heal.

We can’t thank you enough, Horizon Community Church and the M360 Cycling Club, for all that you have done to advance this work!!

 

We also want to acknowledge 6 churches that support us as one of their local missions:

Yosemite Church in Merced

One Church Bethel in Modesto

Cornerstone Community Church in Manteca

LightHouse Family Church in Turlock

Neighborhood Church in Modesto

River Oak Grace in Oakdale

These congregations have joined in our vision to unite the church against the evil of trafficking, and we are honored to serve with them.

 

 

Get Involved at Without Permission

Join the fight to #endtheHTculture:

WORKPLACE GIVING

October is workplace giving month. Many employers provide the opportunity to give through payroll deductions, as they endeavor to use the power of the workforce to support good projects in their communities. In fact, Microsoft matches all donations made throughout the month of October by their employees. Kaiser’s Benevity giving program recognizes Without Permission as a charity, and you can write us in as your charity of choice if your workplace uses United Way’s giving program. Contact your employer to find out if this is an option for you and as always, thank you for your support!

https://www.charities.org/why-workplace-giving-matters

 

EVENT VOLUNTEERS

We currently have a need for volunteers who can help us organize and host a number of large and exciting Prevention Awareness events in 2018. If you are interested, please fill out a Volunteer Application and indicate “Prevention Events 2018” as your preferred area of interest. We will contact you with upcoming volunteer training dates.

 

NOW IS THE TIME – TO BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR

Set up your recurring donation today – $10, $25, $100 per month – join with us and contribute to the positive change Without Permission is making in your community!

 

 

 

 

 

DONATE GIFT CARDS

Gift Cards for survivors provide direct and practical support of food and clothing – we can use Target and Winco cards – $25 per card is ideal. We can also use Walmart gift cards – $5 value per card. Trafficking victims frequently come to us without appropriate clothing or food resources. This is one way you can provide them direct support.