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Editor Note: This is part of an ongoing series that highlights unique community partnerships that Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) and its various programs have throughout County and the Central Valley and impact that these collaboratives have on peoples’ lives through the region. Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) will continue its tradition of engaging diverse partners to tackle systemic issues in Fresno County and the Central Valley region by…

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“One hundred and fifty years ago, our Nation codified the fundamental truth that slavery is an affront to human dignity. Still, the bitter fact remains that millions of men, women, and children around the globe, including here at home, are subject to modern-day slavery: the cruel, inhumane practice of human trafficking. This month, we rededicate ourselves to assisting victims of human trafficking and to combating it in all its forms.”  President Barack Obama Today there…

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Today there are nearly 21 million victims of forced labor and human trafficking worldwide, a global industry which generates an estimated $32 billion-a-year in illegal profits. Victims include men, women and children. The United States is widely regarded as a destination country for modern day slavery. The U.S. Department of State estimates that 14,500 to 17,500 victims are trafficked into the United States each year, not to mention those that are trafficked within our borders. California&ndash…

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Signed in 2012 and enacted in 2013, SB 1193 requires certain businesses to post hotline numbers and resources for victims. In December, volunteers distributed posters to 52 urgent care centers and massage businesses in the cities of Fresno and Clovis. The posters highlighted text in English, Spanish and Simplified Chinese on victims’ rights and resources. Call to Action: Volunteers are needed for the next posting day! Next Posting Day: January 28, 2017 Meet: 9:30 am-12:00 pm …

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Central Valley Against Human Trafficking provides comprehensive trauma-informed client services to victims and survivors of labor and/or sex trafficking. Help is available to all victims and survivors regardless of age, gender or immigration status. Additionally, advocacy, outreach, training, and public awareness are provided to a six-county region including: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare. Since 2010, Central Valley Against Human Trafficking has identified 393 Victims of Human…

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Fresno EOC and Consulate of Mexico in Fresno have made their collaboration agreement official. Fresno EOC’s Central Valley Against Human Trafficking (CVAHT) project provides support services to victims of slavery and trafficking in the counties of: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare. In the interest of promoting respect for human rights, specialized victim services has been identified as a need for a considerable number of Mexican nationals in the US. The official…

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On October 19, the Fresno EOC Nielsen Conference Center was packed with community members, law enforcement and victim service providers for the Central Valley Freedom Coalition’s Fall General Coalition Meeting. Featured were representatives and keynote speakers Rochelle Keyhan and Meghan Carton, from Polaris Project’s End Trafficking in Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs) Initiative. Keyhan and Carton presented on the trends, victimology and barriers to identification of victims of…

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State Senate Bill 1193 was enacted into law on April 1, 2013. SB 1193 provided a landmark bill for Human Trafficking awareness and education in the state of California. The bill requires businesses to maintain postings providing education on what human trafficking is and provide the national human trafficking resource center hotline number for victims and community members to reach out for assistance when suspecting cases of human trafficking. Even though SB 1193 was enacted in 2013, many…

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This year has brought in new funding for the Central Valley Against Human Trafficking. With that, we have expanded from a full time staff of two to a staff of five in the last few months and moved to a new office in order to accommodate for this expansion. Come see our new office space at 1900 Mariposa Mall, Suite 100-D. We are in the same office building but have moved downstairs. We have just finished setting up our new space, complete with a front desk area, relaxation room for clients, new…

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With Labor Day Weekend just around the corner, celebrations supporting Workers Rights have already begun. The Mexican Consulate in Fresno launched their celebration of Labor Rights Week August 29th through September 2nd, with the new Consul advocating for increased education and support for Mexican Nationals working in the Central Valley. The events were kicked off with a resource fair and a press conference at the consulate where individuals were given access to organizations such as the…

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