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January is Human Trafficking AWARENESS Month


January is Human Trafficking

January is designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  The annual event has been recognized since January 2010 when President Obama sought to bring attention to the epidemic of human trafficking in this country.

District Attorney Jill Ravitch noted that, “My office is committed to doing everything in our power to combat human trafficking.  Although our primary mission is to prosecute cases involving traffickers, we also work hard to raise awareness in the community through the efforts of the Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task Force.”

Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Staebell chairs the Task Force which includes representatives from Verity, Santa Rosa Police Department, Polly Klass Foundation, Crossing the Jordan, Sonoma County Human Services Department, Human Rights Commission, Soroptomist International of Sonoma County, Petaluma Police Department, Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, Sonoma County Health Services, Sonoma County Probation, Social Advocates for Youth, Sheriff’s Office, Junior League of Napa-Sonoma, Commission on the Status of Women, and Homeland Security.

In 2016 the Task Force participated in a H.E.A.T. (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) Institute Regional Summit on Human Trafficking in Sacramento, presented to first responders at the Wine Country Field Care Symposium at the SRJC Public Safety Training Center, and provided training to hotel managers at the Human Trafficking Awareness Hospitality Training at the Finley Center.

During the month of January, the District Attorney’s Office, along with the Task Force is leading and participating in a number of events:

January 10, 2017: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will issue a Resolution declaring January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Board of Supervisors Chambers, 575 Administration Drive, Rm 102A, 1:30 p.m.

January 25, 2017: Film Screening.  The Long Night, Seven Lives Forever Changed By The American Sex Trade. Filmed and Directed by award-winning photojournalist, Tim Matsui, produced by MediaStorm, and supported by The Alexia Foundation. Finley Center, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa, 6:30 p.m.

January, 2017: Billboard Campaign. Billboards which are funded by members of the Task Force will be visible throughout the county.  The same posters will also be placed on buses operated by CityBus of Santa Rosa, and those operated by Sonoma County Transit.

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