If you'd like to support the work of Zonta to improve the lives of Women in the Yakima Valley, please consider a donation!
Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the Yakima Valley
The Advocacy committee of the Zonta Club of Yakima Valley has been working to build awareness of Domestic Minor Trafficking (DMST) and Human Trafficking issues in the Yakima Valley as an ongoing advocacy project.
If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Hotline at 1-888-3737-888 or the Yakima Crime Victims Service Center at 1-866-523-6468. Both of these hotlines operate 24/7 hours!
Sheila Houston of Rare Coins Ministries speaks at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Yakima
Demanding Justice Project - Shared Hope
Here? Sex Trafficking in the Tri-Cities
The Underground in Sunnyside offers a safe haven for at risk youth
EPCAT USA releases a discussion paper highlighting the lack of recognition of the commercial sexual exploitation of boys in the United States - "And Boys Too"
There is an APP for That ! - Recognize - Report - Recover- Release
If you've ever wondered what you would do to get help if you saw a
possible human trafficking victim, a car involved in trafficking or a situation in a business you'd like to report, here is one answer. Get the Red Light App for your iphone now on itunes and soon for your Android or Microsoft phone. All reports are sent to Homeland Security Investigations or local agencies. To learn more, go to Redlight Traffic
Faith Justice Network Quarterly Meeting
Kennewick Public Library Mid-Columbia Libraries
1620 S. Union Street Kennewick, WA 99338
Speakers: International Justice Professionals Brent & Jan Pfundheller.
Both have extensive overseas experience with justice issues.
Brent spent a year and a half in India working with International Justice Mission rescuing girls from sex-trafficking and has served as an international investigator for the War Crimes Tribunal in Europe and served with the US State Department in the middle east. This followed a career in law enforcement in Washington State.
Jan served as the Director for Gender & Human Rights Programs Police Development Program – Iraq and Baghdad, Technical Advisor, USAID, Colombo Sri Lanka International Independent Group of Eminent Persons, Investigation into Human Rights Violations; and numerous other international posts following her work as a detective for the city of Bremerton and state of Washington.
Both are very familiar with human trafficking issues nationally and internationally and will share their experiences with us.
January 17, 2015
NO MORE Summit
National Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation
7:30 am - 5:00pm
Come join us in Vancouver, Washington on Saturday, January 17, 2015. National Women's Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE) will host a No More Summit.
Emcee for the day: Lisa Guerrero, Chief Investigative Correspondent at 'Inside Edition' and NWCAVE Media Council Ambassador
Confirmed Keynote Speakers and Presenters:
Clark County Human Trafficking Task Force
Chuck and Judy Cox (parents of Susan Cox Powell)
Denise Olsen (Susan's sister)
Attorney Anne Bremner
Dr. Kathie Mathis
and many more!
Topics and resources will include:
Rape and Untested Rape Kits
Human Trafficking & Exploitation
Child Safety, Prevention and Missing Children
Bullying and Online Issues
LGBTQ Hate Crimes and Prevention
We have a lending library of films on domestic minor trafficking. We are happy to loan a copy to local organizations for small group previewing. These are amongst the best documentaries on DMST in the United States available today.
KYVE's Insider's Roundtable - Sex Trafficking in Yakima - You can view the first segment with Kim Foley of Comprehensive and Chad Janis of Yakima Police Department. The view the second segment features speakers from Zonta Club of Yakima Valley and Jill Sunwold of Rods' House.
Seattle Against Slavery has been working for three years to get hardened anti-trafficking posters mounted in the Rest Areas along the highways across our state, starting with I-90 and I-5. See the final poster design, and contribute to their campaign so that we can get these posters put up in rest stops along I-82! Each sign costs approx. $205 to make and install, and there will be signs in both the men's and women's bathrooms.
Release of 2012 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report by the US Government - view the report
Excellent article on Supporting the victim after trafficking ... and the various programs and services that needed for a successful transition from victim to survivor .. as told by a survivor of trafficking.
President Obama speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting on the subject of Human Trafficking.
Past Events & Webinars
February 17, 2012
Rose Gundersen - Washington Engage - speaking on legislative progress in the Anti-Trafficking Fight and the importance of grassroots community action teams - download the flyer
DECEPTIONS: Exposing the Lures of Child Trafficking & Internet Dangers
AWARE training in the Tri-Cities, sponsored by the Tri-Cities Soroptimists - Download the flyer
Missing to Trafficking: Connections Between the Missing Child and Trafficking
Missing and Exploited Children's Program (MCEP)
SOLD Exhibition - Bethel Church
Richland download the flyer or see their website for more information. This is now a traveling human trafficking exhibition. Contact them if you'd like to bring the exhibition to your community
Sylvia Ui'lani Matayoshi - internationally recognized expert on Human Trafficking will speak at a luncheon sponsored by Zonta learn more about his event
Trauma informed Care and Family and Youth Services Bureau Outcomes for Runaway and Homeless Youth
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) Recorded Session - only online until September 2012
Sexual Exploitation of Girls in Gangs
Missing and Exploited Children's Program (MCEP)
WashACT Orientation - The Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking (WashACT) is planning to host its second quarterly orientation for anyone who is new to the taskforce or those interested in learning about local anti-trafficking efforts. - learn more
August 18-19, 2012
SOLD: the Human Trafficking Experience - Sunnyside Community Center
Zonta's Advocacy Chair speaks at the Yakima City Council Meeting on recommendations for strengthening the strip club ordinance to better protect the women that work there - full statement - YPAC recording - click on August 21st on the calendar, then the Yakima City Council Meeting at 6:00pm, then fast forward to 59:11. The whole hearing takes 7 minutes to watch.
Promising Practices in Combating the Commercial Exploitation of Girls in Gangs
Missing and Exploited Children's Program (MCEP)
National West-Coast Training - Do You Know Lacy? Trafficking Awareness Training - Different tracks for Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Juvenile Service Providers, Community Advocates, Youth Advocates and The Defenders ...
City attorney Mark Kunkler, Senior Assistant City Attorney, spoke at a City of Yakima Planning Commission Study Session on Adult Entertainment Business Moratorium. He addresses the comments made by the Zonta Advocacy Committee to the City Council at the August 21, 2012 City Council Hearing on the Strip Club Moratorium. Go to Y-PAC,To see Mark Kunkler's comments on Zonta's contribution - watch from 5:20 through 6:13.
Deceptions & Illusions Training in Yakima - curriculum for youth to discuss the dangers of pornography and domestic minor trafficking! Registration information. Learn more about the Deceptions and Illusions curriculum on the AWARE website.
Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking (WashACT) quarterly information session
6-8 pm, at the Seattle Police Department Training Center at 2203 Airport Way South Building C, Classroom 4, Seattle, WA 98134. This event is open to anyone interested in learning about local anti-trafficking efforts and new taskforce participants. Attendees must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Khurshida Begum, Human Trafficking Survivor speaking about Human Trafficking in Washington State
Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) Training Day
Saturday, January 26th, 9am – 4:30pm
at Mars Hill Church UW District – 4554 12th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 Parking is $10 up to 8 hours at the parking lot next to the church.
Register: click here
Info or questions: email email@example.com
Raise the Roof 6 - Dinner and Silent Auction
Yakima Convention Center
Human Trafficking Awareness Training
9:00am - noon at the Yakima Foursquare Church on 40th Avenue Download the flyer
Dr. Cyndi Romine from Called to Rescue will present on Sex Trafficking in our community. There will be a self-defense course as well. All are welcome, lunch is provided, and 30 dollars at the door to cover costs. This event is organized by local community member Jamin Cook and Joan Anderson.
Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking (WashACT) is planning to host its next quarterly information session. This event is open to anyone interested in learning about local anti-trafficking efforts and to new taskforce participants. In order to obtain the location for the event, attendees must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abuse Recovery Leadering Training
3 day training put on by Abuse Recovery Ministry Services
Download the brochure
To Free Today’s Slaves: Human Trafficking Forum in Ellensburg
Join us on the Central Washington University campus (Sub-Ballroom) in Ellensburg to learn more about what you
can do to change the face of Human Trafficking, locally, statewide, and globally. All events are free!
Tues & Wed, Feb. 19-20, 2013, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm @ Central Washington University SURC Sub-Ballroom
A multi-sensory experience that takes viewers into the dark corners of human trafficking, both globally and locally. Each room is dedicated to a different real-life story of a central character impacted by human trafficking. Free of charge. Learn more about the Sold Experience
Human Trafficking Forum
Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 pm @ Central Washington University SURC Ballroom. This year’s speakers include:
Bill Forbes—World Vision’s International Director of Child Protection
Velma Veloria—Co-chair of the U.W. Women’s Center Anti Human Trafficking Task
Force and Former WA State Representative.
Andy Conner – DMST King Co. Deputy Sheriff and founder of The Genesis Project, which is a
24-hour drop-in center that caters to victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) in the King
Human Trafficking Luncheon:
Thursday, February 28, 2013, Noon - 1:30 pm @ Hal Holmes Center, 209. N. Ruby St., Ellensburg
This is a time for the community to come together to meet the forum speakers and have time to ask questions about the problem of human trafficking globally and in our own local area. A trafficking survivor will tell her story and answer questions from the audience. A resource table and opportunities for additional learning and training will be on hand. Co-sponsored by the Ellensburg City Library.
Linda Smith of Shared Hope International at the Downtown Rotary Club
Yakima Convention Center, noon
You need to be the guest of a Rotarian to attend. Download the newsletter with more details
Faith and Justice Network Meeting
8428 N. Gage Blvd, Suite A, Kennewick, WA 99336 6:30 - 8:30pm
We will have a guest speaker, Detective Jason Harrington from the Kennewick Police Department, one of two officers that have been trained in trafficking identification and anti-trafficking techniques in our area. He’ll apprise us of what law enforcement is seeing in our area. We will have an opportunity to sign up to assist with the upcoming first responder training to and to assist publicizing Khurshida Begum returning to the Tri-Cities to finish her anti-trafficking talk plus additional great information and events in our area.
Kittitas County Coalition Against Trafficking Informational Gathering
Bar 14 Restaurant, Ellensburg 7:000 - 8:30pm
For more information, contact Sally Jo Homes, WAE Area Associate email@example.com
Human Trafficking Awareness Event at Heritage University
Movie Viewing Sex+Money: A Search for Human Worth
Information Fair and panel of local professionals working to fight human trafficking in the valley
The Citizens Academy conducted by the Yakima Police Department is an eight-week course designed to provide Yakima residents and members of the Yakima business community first-hand knowledge of how their police department works. To participate in the Academy requires a commitment of eight weeks from the students. Classes are held every Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. One optional Saturday will be offered at the shooting range.
Gallery at Richland Library, 6:00 - 8:00pm
955 Northgate Dr., Richland, WA
Khursida will speak to the public about practical ways we can minister to trafficking survivors. This is a great way to introduce others to the topic of human trafficking and she will have a Q& A session at the end of her talk. Download the flyer
Human Trafficking Awareness Event
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Yakima
6-9pm in Cadwell 101
Genesis Project Training Day
Saturday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This training will be conducted by GP President Deputy Andy Conner, and board members Detective Joel Banks and Detective Brian Taylor from the SeaTac Street Crimes Unit. Topics covered will be the pimping culture in the Seattle area, types of trafficking situations, case studies of specific trafficking cases, experiences of victims, what the Genesis Project does to help them, and more.
If you have an interest in volunteering with the Genesis Project, contact them for more information.
REST Training Day
Learn about the dynamics of sex trafficking; the sex industry in Seattle; and direct outreach with girls, women, and men. This training is put on by Real Escape from the Sex Trade and is also open for community members who want to consider how they can make a difference in Seattle and beyond. Educational materials will be handed out and lunch will be provided.
Multi-disciplinary Team Investigations: A Victim-Oriented Approach
Missing and Exploited Children's Program (MECP)
2:00 -3:00 PM EST (11 PST)
Participants will learn the importance of victim-oriented approaches to child-exploitation investigations and how coordinated responses, like MDT investigations, are effective in reducing victim trauma. Panelists will explore the foundations of MDT investigations and will offer strategies for beginning and/or improving multidisciplinary responses. Panelists will also discuss the role of victim advocates and how this role supports the investigation efforts of all members of the MDT team. To register
Are We Not Men?
Men's Breakfast to discuss men's role in fighting porn and sex trafficking. Download the flyer
AWARE training of Deceptions and Illusions
This is a "train the trainers" on these two curriculum which can be used with small groups of middle school, junior high and high school aged youth - on the subjects of Pornography and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. See the curriculum info
Premiere Launch of "Chosen, a Film by Shared Hope International"
Hosted by the Defenders USA, the men of Shared Hope
6:00 - 8:00pm The Kiggins Theatre
Vancouver, Washington $50 general admission, $125 VIP package
Featuring Wine tasting from local wineries, catered by Beaches Restaurant
For more information and to RSVP, please visit www.sharedhope.org
Inhospitable to Trafficking Training
Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
This training is designed for owners and managers of lodging establishments in King County,
especially those overseeing functions of the hotel impacted by sex trafficking, including: General Manager, Security Manager,
Front Desk Manager, Housekeeping Manager, Bar/Restaurant Manager.
Faith Justice Network - Emily Butler
Kennewick Public Library on Union from 6:30-8:30 pm. Download the flyer
Emily is a Harvard trained attorney that worked for a San Francisco area think-tank researching demand for prostitution and a social worker for Rahab's House (restoration for trafficking victims in Cambodia).
YouthCare and Center for Children & Youth Justice State-wide Protocol Training
2 Day training for CSEC Task Force and MDT members and frontline service providers working with children who are vulnerable to trafficking.
To sign up, contact Suzi Carpino of Sunnyside's Promise - firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking at the Yakima Valley Lodging Association at noon.
REST Training Day
Learn about the dynamics of sex trafficking; the sex industry in Seattle; and direct outreach with girls, women, and men. This training is also open for community members who want to consider how they can make a difference in Seattle and beyond. Educational materials will be handed out and lunch will be provided. - More info
July 22 - August 11
Volunteer Advocate Training for the Support,
Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC)
AWARE Train the Trainer - Deceptions & Illusions Curriculum
AWARE is seeking trainers who can facilitate community training events for Deceptions and Illusions. AWARE will provide instruction that equips leaders to coordinate school-based initiatives in their region. Learn more
Freed Ministry Documentary Night - Chosen, Their Story & Here? 6:30-8:30 pm at Bethel Church, Contact email@example.com.
Report Release: Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States
DESCRIPTION: The Ending Commercial Sexual Exploitation - Male Allyship Workshop is designed to critically explore men's role in ending sexual exploitation and other forms of violence against women. The 3-hour training will equip attendees with tools and concrete steps for working to end violence and exploitation as advocates and allies.
Freedom 21 20 days of prayer and fasting for worldwide human trafficking. There is an excellent 21-day Prayer Guide which could be used during this 20 day initiative or anytime. For more information contact: Rosie Phillips, USRPN Washington State Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 27 & 28th
DECEPTIONS: Exposing the Lures of Child Trafficking & Internet Dangers
7-8 pm, PBS (KTNW & KWSU) airing full length version of “Here? Sex Trafficking in our Community!” Followed by live broadcast of panel discussion with phone in questions by viewing audience. Contact Betty at email@example.com.
Engage for Impact Summit
Designed for anyone wanting to increase impact through solidifying partnerships with others involved in combating human trafficking. Learn more
DECEPTIONS: Exposing the Lures of Child Trafficking & Internet Dangers
Learn about the dynamics of sex trafficking; the sex industry in Seattle; and direct outreach with girls, women, and men. This training is also open for community members who want to consider how they can make a difference in Seattle and beyond. Educational materials will be handed out and lunch will be provided.
Human Trafficking Actives at WSU - Tri Cities Campus
Anti-trafficking week of activities at WSU-TC, presented by the nursing school. The SOLD exhibit will be up as well as several films and a panel discussion. Download the poster
"Breaking the Chains of Sex Trafficking"
Sheila Houston of Rare Coins Ministries
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 4105 Richey Rd, Yakima, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Sheila is the founder of Rare Coins Ministry in Seattle and will be speaking on:
- how to conduct outreach to trafficked minors and women in prostitution
- understanding the mindset and circumstances of that population
- understanding the "Hierarchy of pimping" and why girls often relapse and return to their pimps
- need for spiritual healing for victims
- how can the church embrace survivors and welcome them in
- need for prevention
She has worked with over 2500 girls/women in prostitution through her outreach program. She spends every Friday and every other Saturday night out on the streets.
Defining human trafficking and analyzing the root causes and socioeconomic factors of trafficking; distinguishing between trafficking and human smuggling, and the different manifestations and victim profiles of trafficking, including minors and adults, foreign nationals and U.S.-born individuals.
Learning the current trends in labor and sex trafficking of immigrant and U.S. born individuals; the legal remedies available; and how laws and policies shape the responses to human trafficking.
Identifying critical considerations and interventions at various points of contact – such as arrest, legal services, health and mental health services, and shelters – to better formulate collaborative partnerships among multidisciplinary agencies.
Understanding trauma from repeated victimization, how this influences help-seeking behaviors, and how trauma-informed practices can guide case management.
Consider participating if you are:
Staff and program grantees from the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security.
Direct victim service providers, including system-based victim advocates, domestic violence and sexual assault service providers, and child advocacy program staff.
Community-based providers of social services, and mental health and substance abuse program staff.
Run-away/homeless youth service providers, and advocates from immigrant and refugee service programs.
Serving Youth of Color in the Anti-Trafficking Movement
Seattle research into sex trafficking clearly shows that youth of color are disproportionately exploited on our streets. But are voices of color heard in the anti-trafficking movement? And how are youth of color being served?
Hear from Nature Carter about her work with trafficking victims of color starting before they were even called trafficking victims. Nature will share also share about her current role at POCAAN (People of Color Against AIDS Network) and how their efforts against HIV and youth violence connect to issues of human trafficking.
Human Trafficking Awareness Training
Open Bible Church 2:00-4:00pm
2701 W. Lincoln Avenue, Yakima Download the flyer
Speaker - Barb Justis
Sponsored by Our.Voice7 Ministry with eMPOWER and Freedom House Ministries
Gang TRAP (Trafficking Response and Prevention) Training
Shared Hope International
Criminal Justice Training Academy
The FBI reported in 2011 that gangs were trafficking in 35 states. The video to be debuted at the training hosts 14 interviews with professionals from several sectors and two survivors of gang trafficking in three locations across the U.S.
Kennewick Mid-Columbia Library
1620 S. Union Street Kennewick, WA 99338
My Friend’s Place will be the featured ministry at the next Faith Justice Network Meeting. My Friends Place is Southeastern Washington’s first safe overnight sanctuary for homeless teens. They provide immediate basic human survival needs for youth on the streets; warm meals, showers, laundry, and a safe place to rest, for youth ages 13 through 17.
Representatives from My Friends Place will be speaking about their shelter and how it relates to trafficking with the homeless youth in our area.
Digital Strategies to Prevent Trafficking
Let's use our technology to help others reach freedom!
Traffickers are using technology to exploit workers and sell sex online, so why isn't the anti-trafficking movement responding in the same way? Robert Beiser, executive director of Seattle Against Slavery, will share exciting new approaches to stop buyers, reach out to victims, and use everyday tools like text and email to help bring freedom to others.
An educational and eye-opening evening with an expert and multi-national government, law, and policy advisor whose courageous and intensive work offers a plan for addressing the entrenched and complex problem of human trafficking and modern slavery. The phenomena of human trafficking and modern slavery have begun to attract a great deal of attention, recently, and we are pleased that Gonzaga’s next Presidential Speaker will help us understand and respond to this complicated and profound problem. Since first encountering human trafficking in a Bosnian refugee camp in the 1990s, Mr. Kara left a career in finance to research modern slavery. He has traveled to more than thirty countries across six contents to personally document over 1,300 slave cases, witnessing firsthand the sale of humans into slavery, and sometimes confronting the exploiters.
8th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence Hosted by Comprehensive Mental Health
There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." This march will ask men to literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes. It's not easy walking in these shoes, but it is fun and it gets the community to talk about something that's really difficult to talk about: gender relations and sexual violence. The Yakima Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Program provides 24 hour crisis intervention, an advocate during medical and legal procedures, support groups and therapy as well as prevention education. Please join us is raising awareness in the Yakima Valley.
Please contact Emily Maris at (509) 576.4306 for information on how to join a team or form one of your own.
Seminar on Human Trafficking "21 MILLION SLAVES - Stand Up For Human Worth"
CWU Campus 4:30-7:30pm
Interactive breakout sessions with speakers on various topics of local and global sex and labor trafficking. Keynote Speaker from World Vision.
Sponsored by CWU Human Trafficking Club, Juneteenth Central Washington, Center for Social Justice and Diversity, and Kittitas Valley Chapter of Women of Vision.
The Nordic Model criminalizes the exploiters and third-party profiteers of prostitution: buyers, procurers, pimps and traffickers. The law simultaneously decriminalizes those exploited in the prostitution industry: mainly women and youth.
For this month's webinar, MECP has partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Violent Crimes Against Children Section.
This webinar will explore the various dynamics of child online exploitation and other dangers children face online. The presenters will feature FBI's Safe Online Surfing program (FBI-SOS), a free educational Internet program that promotes citizenship and teaches children in grades 3rd-8th how to recognize and respond to online dangers. The presenters will also demonstrate how parents and schools can utilize the SOS program to positively impact children's awareness of the deception and methods of online predators.
Adult Labor and Sex Trafficking
Organized by Seattle Against Slavery
Hear from an expert working directly with survivors: Hao Nguyen has worked with API Chaya for the last 5 years as the Anti Trafficking Program Coordinator. Please join us May 29th to hear about her work experiences.
She will discuss some recent cases, what she sees as the gaps in service provision, and talk to us about what we can do to help fill these gaps.
Faith Justice Network Small World Learning Center 1120 North Road 40
Pasco, WA 99301
Senator Sharon Brown will speak on the recent legislative changes and laws regarding trafficking and she will discuss the needs that still need to be addressed. Detective Lee Barrow from the Pasco Police Department will talk about what they are seeing regarding trafficking.
This month's webinar will discuss the long term mental health effects of child sexual abuse and provide an overview of the SMART (Safety, Mentoring, Advocacy, Recovery, and Treatment) model. The SMART model is an integrative approach to promote recovery from symptoms, decrease/eliminate problematic sexual behavior (PSB), prevent future abuse and strengthen resiliency in young children and their families. This model is a structured, trauma informed, victim centered, and family focused system that uses family narrative and parallel child narrative to address the impact of trauma and recovery on the family system and the child's experiences as a victim and as one who victimizes others.
Global Trafficking (And How To Help) 7:00pm
All Saints Church
1716 2nd Ave N
Seattle, WA, 98109 Register (free)
Jennifer Oswald, an attorney with International Justice Mission, will speak about her work to combat commercial sexual exploitation of minors in South Asia. She will discuss the scope of trafficking, vulnerabilities of the population, and the rescue and aftercare of the survivors. She will also talk about what we can do locally to make an impact
Learn about the dynamics of sex trafficking, the sex industry in Seattle; and direct outreach with girls, women, and men. Open to community members who want to consider how they can make a difference in Seattle and beyond. - See more
Where: UW School of Social Work 4101 15th AVE NE Room 305, Seattle, WA 98105
Trafficking in Indian Country 2:00-3:00 pm ET Register (free)
MECP has partnered with the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program to host the Tribal and Human Trafficking Thursdays Series. This series will bring together state, local and tribal subject matter experts (SME) to identify common types of violence, risk factors for violence and signs of possible victimization among children, including those in tribal country. Presenters will also include trafficking survivors and victim advocates who will share their stories and perspectives on developing victim-centric responses in an effort to more effectively serve and support child victims. The series will identify solutions to increase collaboration between state, local, and tribal communities in response to the exploitation of children and other forms of child victimization issues, develop appropriate agency responses, and effectively address the needs of victims.
Human trafficking is an issue that has proven not to have cultural, socio-economic, or local boundaries. Globally, there has seen a rise in the number of reported trafficking cases, and as is evident from recent reports no one community is exempt. While there is no one common profile for victims of trafficking, particular populations merit special consideration, as they are characterized by additional vulnerabilities. This webinar is part one of a two-part segment, entitled Trafficking in Indian Country. The webinar will explore the unique factors that place tribal youth most at risk for victimization and exploitation. It will discuss the considerations for working with tribal youth as well as with tribal authorities on investigations.
Develop a knowledge of the cultural considerations for working with Tribal Communities
Develop a knowledge of jurisdictional considerations for working with tin Indian Country
Develop a knowledge of the barriers when addressing issues related to trafficking in Indian Country
About the Presenter
Valerie Bribiescas is a Detective with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Arizona where she specializes in crimes of violence, child abuse and family violence investigations. Detective Bribiescas is a nationally recognized expert on the cultural complexities of law enforcement operations on tribal lands and advanced forensic interviewing. She teaches law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and child protection officials culturally based approaches to conducting forensic interviews involving Native American children and adults. She has taught for the Arizona Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, the Advanced Forensic Interview Training sponsored through Prevent Child Abuse AZ, as well as various tribal, state, local, and federal agencies.
Ms. Bribiescas holds a Masters Degree of Education through Northern Arizona University. She is also an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.
July Seattle Against Slavery Volunteer Training
University Presbyterian Church
4540 15th Ave NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
Please join us for our three hour volunteer training session. Learn about trafficking worldwide and what we are doing to combat it right here in Seattle. This is a great opportuntity to learn more about Seattle Against Slavery and the different volunteer positions we have available!
Coffee and snacks will be served
Men's March Against Demand
Seattle Against Slavery Register (free)
Be part of a real solution to reduce sex trafficking - reducing Men's demand for commercial sex. Sign up now and get ready to let MEN in Seattle know that they can reduce the violence of trafficking by not buying sex! Take one Saturday morning to help launch something that could SAVE LIVES.
International Justice Mission Advocacy Training
Featured Speaker - Kate Case, Regional Advocacy Coordinator
Trafficking in Indian Country - Part II 2:00-3:00 pm ET Register (free)
Please join MECP and the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program for Part II of Trafficking in Indian Country.
Part II will expand on the jurisdictional and cultural considerations covered in Part I to highlight strategies for investigating trafficking in Indian Country. The webinar will also explore the unique factors that place tribal youth most at risk for victimization and exploitation.
Learn the importance of identifying the trafficker and reasons why they prey on Native American women and children.
Recognize the unique challenges and barriers of trafficking cases in Indian Country.
Understand the victim-centered approach during the Investigation.
Part I is available for viewing in the MECP webinar archive.
Seattle Premier - 8 Days
Benefiting Shared Hope International
600 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
5:30 pm - Red carpet opens for media 6:00 pm - Red carpet arrivals 7:00 pm - Screening begins
Run/Walk to Stop Human Trafficking
Sponsored by TCSAT (Tri Cities Soroptimist Against Trafficking)
Risk Factors and Indicators of Technology Facilitated Child Sex Trafficking and Exploitation
2:00-3:30 pm ET
This presentation will describe indicators and risk factors contributing to the victimization of youth by sex traffickers. The presenter will provide an overview of how technology facilitates child sex trafficking including the recruitment and control of victims and the marketing of victims for commercial sexual exploitation. The presenter will focus on prevention through awareness and provide child protection tips to those who care for or supervise youth.
Participants will be able to:
Define the legal definition of child sex trafficking
Identify indicators of youth at-risk of child sex trafficking and exploitation
Identify technology related methods used to entice and control youth for child sex trafficking and exploitation
Identify strategies to reduce the risk factors associated with technology facilitated child sex trafficking and exploitation
Monday, Sept. 22nd at 7pm
All Saints Church
1716 2nd Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Peter Qualliotine, Co-Founder of the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) will be speaking about the effects of men's demand for commercial sex.
Join us as we unpack, examine and explore how gender socialization contributes to male sexual identity, prostitution and gender based violence.
Saturday, October 18th, 9-4:30pm
Seattle First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98119
Fee: $24 Register Here
Info or questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn about the dynamics of sex trafficking, the sex industry in Seattle; and direct outreach with girls, women, and men. Open to community members who want to consider how they can make a difference in Seattle and beyond.
Human Trafficking From a Survivor's Perspective October 23, 2014 2:00-3:00 pm ET (Note Eastern Standard Time) Register (free)
MECP and the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program invite you to participate in this month's webinar with Asia Graves, human trafficking survivor and survivor advocate, who will share her journey from exploitation to empowerment.
Asia will discuss the factors that led to her running away from home and entering "the life". She will provide her perspective on the characteristics of victims of trafficking, circumstances that make trafficking victims vulnerable to reentering "the life", and methods to best support victims during investigations.
Understand human trafficking from the victim perspective.
Recognize the unique challenges and barriers trafficking victims face in leaving exploitative situations.
Identify victim-centered approaches to working with trafficking victims
Asia Graves is a survivor of human trafficking who uses her past experiences to help others understand the scope of trafficking in the United States. She served as a Service Coordinator and Survivor Advocate for FAIR Girls for 2 years. Prior to FAIR Girls, Asia worked with various non-profits throughout the country to raise awareness on trafficking. She also had various volunteer teaching positions in several public high schools in the Boston area. She is a guest blogger for the Huffington Post and has been featured in USA Today, Boston Globe, Marie Claire, and the New York Times. She has been a guest on Melissa Harris Perry's Show, Nightline, and the Katie Show. She has also served as a guest lecturer at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Asia holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee.
Advocacy Makes a Difference - Write to your Elected Representatives - Our Facebook campaign to get people to write to their legislators about TVPRA re-authorization helped bring about not only a good results (reauthorization), but also the chance to hear direct from the representatives about the issues - see a letter from Patty Murray sent to one of our campaigners!
Sunnyside's Promise releases "Their Story" - hear the story of a formerly prostituted gang youth and a former gang pimp as they talk about domestic minor trafficking through gangs in the Yakima Valley. Zonta Club of Yakima helped raise money for the production of this video at a luncheon in June 2012.
Linda Smith of Shared Hope International speaks at the Yakima Downtown Rotary on February 28th - watch the video
The Zonta Club of Yakima Valley is one of more than 1,200 Zonta International Clubs, with 30,000 business and professional members in 63 countries and geographic areas. Zontians all over the world volunteer in their communities to improve the lives of women through service and advocacy. To learn more, visit www.zontayakima.org or www.facebook.com/YakimaValleyAntiHumanTraffickingNetwork
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Advancing the Status of Women in the Yakima Valley and Across the World