Stories

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission continued its longstanding tradition of engaging diverse partners by hosting the Be Free 9th Annual Central Valley Conference on Human Trafficking. The event was held at the Veterans Memorial District, located in Clovis. Keynote speaker, Russell G. Wilson, an anti-trafficking expert, consultant and researcher, inspired the audience with a theme of “Restoring Hope” and provided an insightful look at how victims face…

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Stockings for Survivors

Posted on Dec 01, 2017

We need to fill 100 stockings before December 14th! Items are needed to fill 100 Christmas stockings to be distributed to survivors of human trafficking served by Central Valley Against Human Trafficking program. The Holidays are just around the corner, and while it can be a joyous time for many of us, challenges exist for many of our clients and their families. Help us wish survivors of human trafficking a happy and free holiday season by donating stocking stuffers. Our goal is to gift 100…

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Laura’s* Safe Place Story

Posted on Oct 20, 2017

Laura, a victim of human trafficking was 17 years old when Fresno EOC Central Valley Against Human Trafficking first came in contact with her. She had been reported as a frequent runaway and during many of these episodes was recruited and sold by traffickers for commercial sex. Laura and her advocate discussed her history of “running” and the many safety concerns involved. Together they created a plan so that if Laura decided to “run” she could access help and reduce her…

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Human Trafficking is happening in the Central Valley. In 2017 alone, 78 new survivors have been identified and connected to our Project. Fresno EOC Central Valley Against Human Trafficking is committed to providing comprehensive services to all victims and survivors regardless of age, gender or immigration status. The first year of the California Office of Emergency Services report has been released. Of the 11 Pilot projects throughout the State of California selected as grantees, Fresno EOC…

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On June 1, 2017, over 20 stakeholders joined with Senator Dianne Feinstein to discuss the state of human trafficking in the Central Valley. Feinstein took valuable time out of her Fresno visit to listen to the stories of survivors and was informed on the challenges faced by the region. She was particularly impressed by the collaborative model embraced by victim services and law enforcement to provide intervention and support. “Today was a really unique meeting, because Fresno seems to…

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Editor Note: This is part of an ongoing series that highlights unique community partnerships that Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) and its various programs have throughout County and the Central Valley and impact that these collaboratives have on peoples’ lives through the region. Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) will continue its tradition of engaging diverse partners to tackle systemic issues in Fresno County and the Central Valley region by…

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“One hundred and fifty years ago, our Nation codified the fundamental truth that slavery is an affront to human dignity. Still, the bitter fact remains that millions of men, women, and children around the globe, including here at home, are subject to modern-day slavery: the cruel, inhumane practice of human trafficking. This month, we rededicate ourselves to assisting victims of human trafficking and to combating it in all its forms.”  President Barack Obama Today there…

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Today there are nearly 21 million victims of forced labor and human trafficking worldwide, a global industry which generates an estimated $32 billion-a-year in illegal profits. Victims include men, women and children. The United States is widely regarded as a destination country for modern day slavery. The U.S. Department of State estimates that 14,500 to 17,500 victims are trafficked into the United States each year, not to mention those that are trafficked within our borders. California&ndash…

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Signed in 2012 and enacted in 2013, SB 1193 requires certain businesses to post hotline numbers and resources for victims. In December, volunteers distributed posters to 52 urgent care centers and massage businesses in the cities of Fresno and Clovis. The posters highlighted text in English, Spanish and Simplified Chinese on victims’ rights and resources. Call to Action: Volunteers are needed for the next posting day! Next Posting Day: January 28, 2017 Meet: 9:30 am-12:00 pm …

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Central Valley Against Human Trafficking provides comprehensive trauma-informed client services to victims and survivors of labor and/or sex trafficking. Help is available to all victims and survivors regardless of age, gender or immigration status. Additionally, advocacy, outreach, training, and public awareness are provided to a six-county region including: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare. Since 2010, Central Valley Against Human Trafficking has identified 393 Victims of Human…

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