Tulare County Human Trafficking Resources
The average age of entry in sex trafficking in the Central Valley is 13-16. It is happening here.
(source: Central Valley against Human Trafficking)
CAPC is part of the county wide effort to effectively address commercial sexual exploitation of children in our community.
CAPC is a partner of the Tulare County District Attorney's Office. (see their human trafficking page)
Tulare County Human Trafficking Resources website and newsletter has been created by CAPC to provide those in the community with information on events and resources regarding local human trafficking response.
Suspect Human Trafficking?
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS:
•not getting paid for their labor
•not free to change employers
•being controlled by someone else
•being forced to do something they don't want to do
•has been cheated into payment of debt upon arrival
You, he, or she may be a victim of human trafficking and eligible for free assistance.
Call the National Human Trafficking hotline at 888-373-7888 for more information. Or, text "INFO" or "HELP" to BEFREE (233733)
Visit our page "Human Trafficking Indicators" to learn about the signs of human trafficking.
Stay up to date on local efforts to address human trafficking, events, and other resources. Sign up here:
Read the latest newsletter and check out the resources on past editions:
Local Trainers and Speakers
Family Services’ Rape Crisis Center
Contact: Jennifer Noelani Boteilho or LInda Bonilla, Program Manager, Family Services of Tulare County- Rape Crisis, 559-732-7371, www.fstc.net
Family Services offers several free human trafficking services including comprehensive case management, crisis counseling, information and referral, therapeutic services, shelter for adults, some financial assistance, targeted outreach, community education presentations, training to service providers.
Topics: Anything concerning human trafficking. For CSEC, FSTC coordinates with Tulare County Child Welfare Services and the District Attorney’s Office to provide joint training. Because of our new collaborative grant with the DA’s Office and TCSO, we anticipate more collaborative trainings in the future.
Audience: All groups, including, general public, professionals, educators, etc.
Tulare County Child Welfare Services
Contact: Alicia Zayas, ACSW, Clinical Social Worker II, Child Welfare Services, 559-623-0398
Zayas is the CSEC Clinician at this time for Child Welfare services. She provides crisis management and clinical support along with training for community members, services providers, law enforcement, and youth on the topic of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.
Tulare County District Attorney’s Office
Contact: TCDA, 559-636-5471
The Office of the District Attorney offers resources such as bilingual
brochures, posters, and educational speaking opportunities to bring
awareness to human trafficking. For more information, visit
Homeland Security Investigation
Contact: Daniel Ruiz, Resident Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations/Fresno (Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Madera, Merced, and Mariposa Counties), 559-487-6003
Audience: Public, law enforcement, NGOs, etc.
Types of Training/Presentations: HSI Provides presentations, training, etc on ex trafficking, general human trafficking, CSEC, labor trafficking, etc. HSI can offer a HSI 101 presentation coupled with a HSI Human Trafficking/Victims 101 Presentation.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Contact: Nicole St. Germain, Program Analyst/Outreach & Education Coordinator, email@example.com, 213-894-1054
EEOC provides training/presentations regarding human trafficking, as well as employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information and retaliation under all statutes.
Audience: Presentations and outreach with public or private entities can be made upon request.
CAPC has developed resources for the local faith based community to connect to the human trafficking effort. Freedom Sunday, created by Not For Sale, is a day for churches and other faith based groups to focus on human trafficking.
CAPC will be announcing a day for Tulare County churches to observe Freedom Sunday on the same day, but Freedom Sunday can be observed any day. See more information here.
Chosen- The True Story of America's Trafficked Teens
One important way to address child sex trafficking is by bringing awareness to youth and adults about the tactics used to lure youth into trafficking, both as a means of prevention as well as identification of a possible sex trafficking situation.
Build awareness with youth and adults who work with youth by showing Chosen. Chosen is a series of videos created by Shared Hope Int’l for youth that tell the story of sex trafficking victims in their own words, and provides valuable information about what to do if one suspects a sex trafficking situation.
Videos include Chosen, Chosen Gang Edition, and Chosen in Spanish.
Other Ways To Get Involved
Here are some other ways you can make a difference locally:
Educate yourself and the youth in your life.
Teach the youth in your life about the tactics of sex trafficking and empower them to educate each other.
Learn the signs. Know how to respond.
Put the National Human Trafficking Hotline number 888-373-7888 in your phone and use it when you
Hang up human trafficking awareness posters.
The Tulare County District Attorney’s Office has created posters to reach out to potential victims and those who may have witnessed trafficking. We need help getting these hung up throughout the county to be a potential lifeline to victims and those at risk. Contact Tulare County District Attorney’s Office to get posters.
Tulare County Human Trafficking Resources YouTube Channel
The Tulare County Human Trafficking Resources YouTube Channel has many playlists to provide training, education, and tools to help build awareness and compassion. Below are two of these playlists. Human Trafficking In The Central Valley feature local information and awareness, important when showing that human trafficking happens here. Human Trafficking PSAs has short awareness clips that can be shared to reach victims and potential lifelines in the community.