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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!
Advocacy Makes a Difference - Write to your Elected Representatives - Our Facebook campaign to get people to write to their legislators about TVPRA re-authjorization helped bring about not only a good results (reauthorization), but also the chance to hear direct from the represenatives about the issues - see a letter from Patty Murray sent to one of our campaigners!
“Justice for Trafficking Victims,” discusses how attorneys and social service providers may assist trafficking victims to bring civil lawsuits against their traffickers. The training will be available online until June 17.
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
June 6 Yakima
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 ...
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.
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.
Khurshida Begum 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 Domesitc 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/chosen
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).
News Coverage of Human Trafficking and Related Subjects in the Pacific Northwest
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
City attorney Mark Kunkler, Senior Assistant City Attorney, spoke on October 10th at a City of Yakima Planning Commission Study Session on Adult Entertianment Business Moratorium. He addresses the comments made by the Zonta Advocacy Committee to the City Council at the July City Council Hearing on the Strip Club Moratorium. Go to Y-PAC,To see his comments on Zonta's contribution - watch from ;50 through 6:13 !!
First Zonta DMST newsletter - October 2012 - sent to Illusions/Deceptions participants
Second Zonta DMST newsletter - November 2012
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
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