US Senate Unanimously Approves Anti-trafficking Bill
"The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation increasing penalties for domestic human trafficking and exploitation of children.
After weeks of debating the bipartisan bill, which got hung up in a fight over anti-abortion language that had been included by Republicans, the Senate voted to pass the measure.
The House of Representatives has passed a series of bills aimed at combating human trafficking. It was not yet clear how the two chambers would reconcile their differences.
Besides imposing tougher financial penalties on traffickers, the Senate bill would establish a fund, using penalties collected, to award grants to combat the problem and provide services for victims of child pornography.
The measure also aims to strengthen law enforcement training programs to improve investigations of human trafficking and to rescue victims, who often are minors." Read full article...
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Support Love Never Fails to Equip Their Newly Established Safe Housing Facilities
The I AM, House of Restoration (“I AM Project”) is now open and already providing safe housing and assistance to survivors of human trafficking and their children. Help the Love Never Fails' dedicated team find the items on the I AM House Wish List attached HERE.
The I AM, House of Restoration (“I AM Project”), provides survivors and their children with long term services, in collaboration and support with several community organizations, to allow victims to go through a process that takes them from a place of victimization to a realization that they are powerful, valuable, precious and loved. This long term transitional housing program will provide a wide range of flexible and optional services that reflect the differences and individual needs of survivors and their children. The I AM Project creates long term change through 3 transitional housing phases; helps women heal from sexual exploitation, provides education and training, and helps them grow into productive, purposeful members of society. The 3-phase transitional housing process also greatly increases victim safety throughout the duration of the program and provides focused recovery (counseling, education, and training), which increases the victim’s success rate.
Learn more about the I AM Project HERE
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The National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco Section's Scholarship for Survivors of Human Trafficking
On February 11, 2015 at the closing event of the SFCAHT's 2015 Awareness Campaign at the San Francisco Main Public Library, the National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco Section (NCJWSF) announced their newly created, "Nancy Surkin Memorial Scholarship for Survivors of Human Trafficking.”
Debra Surkin, daughter of Nancy Elliot Surkin, for whom the honor is named, presented to Sarai T. Smith-Mazariegos, Co-Founder of MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting & Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) the first two awards of this scholarship to youth human trafficking survivors, clients of MISSSEY. The scholarship will be awarded annually to survivors of human trafficking served in the Bay Area.
SFCAHT Committee Recruitment
SFCAHT is recruiting members for the following committees:
develop and coordinate SFCAHT training activities utilizing the Collaborative's multi-agency resources. click
review and update SFCAHT's bylaws, procedures, and resources
oversee the gathering and updating of SFCAHT's membership information
MISSSEY Training Institute
MISSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, Serving Sexually Exploited Youth)
Date/Time: To be arranged at your site or event
Location: To be arranged at your site or event
Contact Person: Beth Quiriarte
Contact Information: 510-251-2070 or email@example.com
Description: MISSSEY’s Training Institute offers CSEC 101/awareness trainings and discipline-specific, in-depth trainings, for professionals who work with at-risk youth. These trainings are offered to social service providers, law enforcement personnel, child advocacy professionals, educators, and health care providers, by a cadre of skilled trainers that include MISSSEY’s staff and select professionals with substantial experience working with victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Any organization--government, non-government, community-based, educational--can request a training from MISSSEY. Fees are charged on a sliding scale.
At the SFCAHT's 2013 Human Trafficking Conference, the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women released an original video on the life of one San Francisco girl trafficked on streets throughout the Bay Area and Las Vegas. Click here to watch it now.
For more information about using this video in counseling, education and outreach efforts, please visit Child Sex Trafficking: A San Francisco Survivor's Story.
2015 Anti-Trafficking Teen Poster Contest Winner
San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang, District 4, assisted by Human Rights attorney and SFCAHT Steering Committee representative Rose M. Mukhar presented first prize to Grace Norcini of Woodside International High School of San Francisco for her poster on the theme, “Invisible But Not Forgotten.” Second prize was awarded to Nhu Thuan Dan (Rainie) and Linhan Fu (Teako), also from Woodside, and third place went to Kevin Huo of San Mateo High School.
2015 Winning Poster
2015 Modern Day Abolitionist Award Winners
January 12, 2015
Room 408 of the SF City Hall
Supervisor Katy Tang announced the award recipients and the achievements that lead to their recognition. Sergeant Antonio Flores, San Francisco Police Department, Special Victims Unit, handed out the Certificates from the SF Board of Supervisors to the award recipients.
2015 Modern-Day Abolitionist Award for Government Policy:
Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director of the SF Department on the Status of Women
Modern-Day Abolitionist Award for Advocacy: Sharan Dhanoa, Coordinator of the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking
Modern-Day Abolitionist Award for Education:
Benita Hopkins, Director of Education, Love Never Fails
SFCAHT General Meeting
SFCAHT Strategic Planning Leadership Retreat
March 26, 2015 | Jewish Family and Children's Services, Olive Room, 2150 Post Street
SFCAHT steering committee members and other activists met for a four-hour session to brainstorm and strategize about SFCAHT's operation and programming. The group analyzed SFCAHT's work to date and identified future goals and strategies. A task force was formed to further the decisions made at the retreat, and determined objectives, responsibilities, and timelines.
A final draft of the strategic plan will be distributed for discussion at the next SFCAHT General Meeting
SFCAHT's work presented at a Workshop during the UN Comission on the Status of Women's 59th NGO Parallel Session in New York