January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
The following information is from Contra Costa County’s Zero Tolerance for Human Trafficking Coalition:
“This month, we rededicate ourselves to stopping one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. Around the world, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, beaten, and abused, locked in compelled service and hidden in darkness. They toil in factories and fields; in brothels and sweatshops; at sea, abroad, and at home. They are the victims of human trafficking — a crime that amounts to modern-day slavery. As Americans, we have long rejected such cruelty. We have recognized it as a debasement of our common humanity and an affront to the principles we cherish. And for more than a century, we have made it a national mission to bring slavery and human trafficking to an end.” – President Barack Obama, as stated in his Presidential Proclamation.
Contra Costa County’s Zero Tolerance for Human Trafficking Coalition is working to raise awareness, build capacity among public and private agencies, reach out to victims who are being trafficked, and provide access to services.
On January 22nd the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will proclaim January 2013 as Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month urging “all residents to actively participate in the efforts to both raise awareness of and end all forms of human trafficking in our communities.”
Join us on Tuesday, January 22nd at the West Contra Costa Family Justice Center, 1210 Hilltop Mall Road in Richmond at the lower level mall entrance between JC Penny and Wal-Mart across from the AC transit bus stop. We will be presenting a display at 11:30 am to raise awareness.