We earned a 2021 Gold Seal of Transparency!

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The Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition recognizes the importance of transparency in our efforts to be a leader in the global fight against human trafficking. For our ongoing efforts, we have received the “Gold Star for Transparency.” “

We are pleased that BSCC has been recognized for our practices. It is important for our donors, large and small, to know that everything we do is on the up and up,” stated Anne Hoiberg, president of BSCC’s board of directors.

The recognition is because our nonprofit provides qualitative information about how the organization aims to achieve its goals. These questions are from Charting Impact, an initiative of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Independent Sector, and GuideStar to develop a common format for nonprofits to report on their effectiveness.

GuideStar, www.guidestar.org, helps donors make smart decisions about the organizations to fund with donations. Every year, more than 10 million donors use Guidestar to help make better decisions about nonprofits and the work they do. GuideStar is itself a 501(c)(3) public charity.

We earned a 2021 Gold Seal of Transparency!
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Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force (SDHTTF)

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Marisa Ugarte, Executive Director of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, congratulates the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force for addressing the demand of NO buyers, NO trafficking.

As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force (SDHTTF) conducted a three-day operation (January 26th through January 28th) throughout San Diego County targeting sex buyers and traffickers.  The San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force and allied local law enforcement agencies arrested a total of 30 men for solicitation and one man for pimping, pandering, and possession of a concealed firearm, after he recruited an undercover detective into prostitution online.  These cases will be referred to local prosecutors.

Sex buyers help drive the demand for the criminal business of sex trafficking.  The activities of those arrested in this operation contribute to the negative consequences victims of human trafficking endure.  The San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force is committed to combatting human trafficking by not only investigating and pursuing traffickers, but also by pursuing those looking to pay and engage in this type of unlawful activity.

The San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force is comprised of:

California Department of Justice

California Highway Patrol

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Homeland Security and Investigations

National City Police Department

San Diego City Attorney’s Office

San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

San Diego County Probation Department

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

San Diego Police Department

United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California

The Chula Vista Police Department also participated in the operation.

The San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force encourages the public to report human trafficking to their local law enforcement agency or by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888.

San Diego, CA linea de ayuda local (619) 666-2757

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Major Developments In Human Trafficking

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U.S Attorney Robert Brewer released his San Diego annual regional report. The report included some major developments in human trafficking.

In 2020, the San Diego office led in the national effort to end human trafficking and child exploitation. The release states, “According to a May  26, 2020 report from the Human Trafficking Institute, the Office was #1 in the nation in 2019 for charging  the most new trafficking defendants. We were #4 in the nation for active cases, and we charged the largest  human trafficking case in 2019 – a forced labor case involving 12 defendants.” 

The report goes on to say, “this included a case in August 2020 resulting in the arrest of Luigi Popescu of Romania  for his role in leading a seven-year alien smuggling operation. In September 2020, defendant Joseph Price was sentenced to 15 years in prison after  pleading guilty to sex trafficking a 15-year-old minor.”

Marisa Ugarte, Executive Director of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, congratulates the U.S. Attorney General’s office for its outstanding efforts in combating this horrendous crime. “It’s a victory but more work needs to be done. This challenge we face is a relentless evil,” she says.

– JW August, Communications Director

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The Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC) “Fighting Human Trafficking in the Americas”

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Like many of the organizations the BSCC provides training to, the country’s largest low cost carrier is doing its part in recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Elizabeth Bryant of Southwest says in a press release “we are proud to introduce additional training” as part of the airlines continuing effort to work with community partners that help guide them in their awareness programs for employees.

The new training will be targeted at employees who deal directly with customers and its goal is to improve the airlines procedures in identifying and addressing suspected traffickers.  The airline first launched these efforts in 2019.   

Bilateral Safety Coalition Corridor can provide your employees the training they need to join this fight against trafficking.  Executive Director Marisa Ugarte and staff have conducted training in the San Diego region for more than fifteen years.  This training has included elements of the criminal justice system, educational institutions at all levels, military personnel and others. 

For information on the training BSCC provides, please call 1-619-336 0770.

For reporting trafficking activities please call the BSCC hotline at 1-619-666-2757

Southwest employees training courtesy Southwest Airlines

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