Unity Coalition Meeting

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Unity Coalition Against Trafficking Meeting at:

The San Diego Foundation
Liberty Station
2508 Historic Decatur Road, #200
San Diego, CA 92106
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
11:30am – 1 pm
Guest Speaker – Christopher Tenerrio,AUS to discuss concerns about the newly elected-President.

***Christmas Potluck – Everyone invited to participate !!

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New BSCC Job Opening

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Outreach Coordinator Job Description

BSCC’s Mission: To preserve the dignity and well-being of commercially and sexually exploited men, women and children through prevention, intervention and education. We are a non-profit organization that helps combat human trafficking. Our programs and serivces consisit of an emergency shelter for victims, a 24 hour hotline service and community outreach.

 Position Summary: Initiate contact, organize events and meetings, develop relationships and working networks, and attend events within the community in order to expand the avenues through which BSCC can provide public awareness, training and technical assistance, and outreach for the rescue and restoration of human trafficking victims, both foreign born national and domestic. Under the supervision of the Executive Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the Rescue and Restore Grant from Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement
    • Track BSCC grant fulfillment alongside sub-grantee fulfillment
    • Write Progress Performance Report Narratives every Quarter
    • Provide presentations for Public Awareness (i.e. university students, forums, panels, etc.), Outreach (i.e. health fairs, community events, tabling, etc.), or Training and Technical Assistance (i.e. law enforcement, emergency responders, etc.).
    • Host and attend monthly Unity Coalition Meetings
      • Prepare agenda for the meeting and take notes
      • Bring materials and sign-in sheet
    • Attend regular monthly meetings
    • Develop materials to enhance outreach and public awareness specific to the San Diego community contexts (i.e. different indigenous languages, different important networks like farm bureaus, etc.)
    • Recruit and manage Volunteers
    • Create monthly E-blast

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of two years experience in a similar position.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Strong interpersonal communication
  • Able to work effectively with diverse populations and individuals
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Strong organization skills and ability to multitask
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Ability to work on weekends as needed
  • Ability to communicate clearly and provide outstanding presentations to different audiences.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to scuervo@bsccinfo.org

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LABOR TRAFFICKING VICTIM ASSISTANCE TRAINING BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

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Sex trafficking sweep rescues 12 minors in Los Angeles County and nets 198 arrests

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Vice investigators arrested 198 people and rescued 18 human trafficking victims — including 12 minors — during a three-day operation targeting sex exploitation in Los Angeles County, authorities said Thursday.

The sweep, dubbed Operation Reclaim, ran from Jan. 21 to Jan. 23, in unspecified areas of Los Angeles County. Authorities said they discovered gambling, a home that was used for prostitution and several women and minors who were involved in the sex trade.

Of the 198 arrests, 115 people were booked in connection with soliciting prostitution, said Officer Liliana Preciado, spokeswoman of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Six women and 12 minors, mostly African American, were identified as trafficking victims and had been used for sexual slavery, LAPD Det. Lina Teague said. They were placed in protective custody and offered social services assistance.

“That’s what this is all about — these minors,” she said. “We are helping them reclaim and rebuild their lives.”

The women were found soliciting prostitution on the streets throughout Los Angeles County, Teague said.

The sweep involved personnel from the LAPD’s Human Trafficking Unit, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force.

 

“When you have this activity, you’ll have prostitution associated with it,” Teague said.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In 2015, 949 human trafficking cases were reported in California, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. More than 3,800 victims were discovered in human trafficking in the state since 2007.

Authorities in Los Angeles on Thursday morning announced that 198 people had been arrested on charges connected to sex trafficking.

The operation led to the rescue of six adult victims and 12 minors “who had been trafficked for the purposes of sexual slavery,” authorities said.

Carried out between January 18 and 23, the operation was organized by the Los Angeles Police Department’s human trafficking unit with assistance from the local sheriff’s department, the Human Trafficking Task Force and the FBI.

Among those arrested were six people thought to be pimps. Their identities were not immediately made available by the police department. The majority of the others arrested face charges of soliciting prostitution, a public information officer told Newsweek. Other charges include keeping a house of prostitution, supervising prostitution and drug possession.They arrested six pimps and found gambling at some of the locations targeted during the raid.

The children who were rescued are in protective custody and all of those rescued are receiving victim services. These victims were not trafficked across the border and all appeared to be local, authorities added.

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New bill to make human trafficking penalties stricter

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SAN DIEGO — The district attorneys of San Diego and Riverside counties joined a state senator Monday to urge passage of bills to treat human trafficking crimes committed by gang members with the same severity as other gang offenses, and to streamline prosecution of human trafficking.

The measures — both authored by Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego — are subject to a final vote by the state Legislature this week.

Senate Bill 473 would add human trafficking to the list of 33 crimes that define a criminal street gang under the California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act. The anti-gang laws include strict penalties, but the statute has not been updated to include gang involvement in human trafficking, according to Block.

Inclusion would add enhanced penalties, affect probation and parole conditions, augment law enforcement tools and affect the way cases are handled by all stakeholders in the system.

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said SB 473 “takes direct aim at gang members who would victimize young women in communities across the state of California by adding human trafficking as offenses that can be used to establish a pattern of criminal gang activity.”

“In short, it will help prosecutors build our cases against gang members, who, until now, have been slipping though a loophole in the law,” she said.

Senate Bill 939 would streamline prosecutions and reduce court costs and the trauma experienced by victim witnesses who testify in human trafficking cases that cross multiple jurisdictions. The measure would permit the consolidation of serial human trafficking, pimping and pandering charges into a single trial if all the involved jurisdictions agree.

Victims of such crimes are frequently taken to multiple cities and counties for labor and commercial sex exploitation. Prosecution involves trials in each of the multiple cities and counties where the crimes occurred, with victims testifying in each of the trials.

Current law already allows for the consolidation of other serial sexual offenses occurring in multiple jurisdictions.

“Human trafficking is the fastest-growing crime in California, and SB 939 will be a tremendous asset to prosecutors statewide and make it easier and more efficient to prosecute these types of cases,” said Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach. “At the same time, the bill will also provide human trafficking victims more protections under the law.”

Block said human trafficking is highly lucrative and stemming the crimes will involve the use of multiple tools on multiple fronts.

“Gangs and other perpetrators are using victims as their ATM machines,” Block said. “In San Diego, the human sex trafficking trade brings in $97 million in revenue, more money than drug trafficking, according to a new Urban Institute study. We need to fight this on all fronts.”

Fox 5 News POSTED 3:44 PM, AUGUST 11, 2014, BY

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