Fresno EOC’s Central Valley Against Human Trafficking is pleased to announce the 8th Annual “Be Free” Conference on Human Trafficking. The theme of this year’s conference is “Building Bridges.” The event will explore a multi-disciplinary approach to regional partnerships, identification and recovery for victims of human trafficking in the Central Valley. The regional conference is open to the general public and is an opportunity for concerned citizens, victim service providers, law enforcement, government agencies, faith and business leaders to be informed and congregate to support rights for victims and survivors. 
Conference Cost: $35 Early Bird Special or Valid Student ID, $50 after February 28th (Includes continental breakfast and lunch.) Registration will be open soon.
What is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month?
“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 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– a populous border state with a significant immigrant population and the world’s ninth largest economy – is one of the nation's top four destination states for the trafficking human beings (State of CA, Office of the Attorney General). Human trafficking exists and is prevalent in our Central Valley. We must fight to end this injustice together!

Since 2010, Fresno EOC’s Central Valley Against Human Trafficking project has identified and assisted over 400 victims of human trafficking from local communities, by providing valuable resources to empower self-sufficiency, restore dignity and support recovery from trauma. We are proud to stand together as the Central Valley Freedom Coalition to raise awareness in honor of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
Human Trafficking Awareness Events
Informational Session for Community Members
January 5, 2017 | 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Merced Civic Center, Sam Pipes Room,
678 W. 18th St, Merced, CA
Proclamation by Fresno County Board of Supervisors
January 10, 2017 | 9:00 am

Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare Street, Fresno, CA
Pledge to Stop Trafficking
January 11, 2017
Various locations in Fresno
Pledge online now
Proclamation by City of Fresno

Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services is taking the lead on the homeless youth count for the Fresno and Madera Annual Homeless Point-in-Time Count to help identify the housing and service needs of the homeless population in our community. We need your help! Register to become a volunteer by clicking on a button below.
Volunteer in Fresno
Volunteer in Madera
This project is in partnership with the Fresno Madera Continuum of Care

Donations are also needed to distribute to homeless youth during the Point-in-Time count. We are requesting donations of socks, sweatshirts, packaged snacks, and hygiene supplies. Donations can be dropped off 24 hours a day at the Sanctuary Youth Shelter
Stockings for Survivors
While the holidays are a joyous time of celebration, challenges exist for many of our clients and their families. This season stockings, gifts and food boxes were provided to survivors through the generous donations of community members and volunteers who assisted in assembling and distributing the holiday cheer. A big THANK YOU to all who participated. The smiles were priceless. One client shared, the significance of being able provide her children with gifts this Christmas.
Bridging New Pathways
A new partnership between Central Fresno EOC’s Central Valley Against Human Trafficking project and the Mexican Consulate will provide support to victims of slavery and trafficking. 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 region.

 “It is important to work together to empower Mexican victims so that they can ask for help, without being afraid of repercussions based on their immigration status or other actors.” David Preciado, Head Consul at the Consulate of Mexico in Fresno 
The official collaboration creates a framework to increase the protection and promotion of the rights of Mexican national victims of slavery and trafficking. The parties will coordinate workshops, courses and seminars to inform about the diverse legal and social resources available.
Advocacy: SB 1193
SB 1193 Canvassing Volunteers
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 @ Maya Cinemas (3090 E Campus Pointe Dr. Fresno, CA)
Locations to include: bus stops, check cashing centers and intercity railway stations.
Tips: Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. Prior to canvassing volunteers will receive a 30 minute informational training on Human Trafficking. Must provide own transportation. No pre-registration required.  
For more information or to obtain posters to host your own event email:
Please direct victims or advocates to the National Human Trafficking Hotline:
1-888-373-7888 or Text "HELP" to BEFREE (233733)
For local services contact: (559) 263-1379