January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month! Human Trafficking is modern day slavery. An estimated 17,500 people are believed to be trafficked into the U.S. each year, and 100,000 children who are U.S. citizens are trafficked within the U.S. In Santa Clara County human trafficking is, in large part, forced labor human trafficking.
It is important to understand the depth and breadth of forced labor human trafficking in Santa Clara County and the South Bay, the services available for victims of forced labor trafficking, and the challenges of investigating these cases. This event is free and open to the public in recognition of Freedom Week and is one of several events in the South Bay to bring awareness to the problem of human trafficking in our community.
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Honorable Cindy Chavez, Board of Supervisors-District 2
Honorable Zoe Lofgren, United States Congress,19th Congressional District
Sarah Balabagan Sereno, Human Trafficking Survivor
Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Moderator
Perla Flores - Division Director, Community Solutions
Lynette Parker - Associate Clinical Professor, Santa Clara University
Special Agent Jennifer Chelf - FBI, San Jose Division
Ruth Silver Taube - Supervising Attorney, Workers' Rights Clinic, Santa Clara University School of Law; Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
Free parking is available in the "C" parking lot across from the County Building at First and Hedding Streets. For more information, contact Ruth Silver Taube, Legal Services Chair, South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, 408-737-2313.
This event is co-sponsored by:
County of Santa Clara Office of Women's Policy
YWCA Silicon Valley
South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking.
When & Where
Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy
Developed in the spirit of cooperation between the County and the community, the Office of Women’s Policy was created to identify and address current and emerging issues for women and girls challenging our community today. We promote special programs and activities to support and encourage the success of women and girls in all aspects of society. We serve as a focal point to enhance collaboration among women’s organizations, including the Commission on the Status of Women, and complement local advocacy efforts through a focus on education, effective public policy implementation, and systems and institutional reform to better serve women and girls.
County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
70 W. Hedding, East Wing-11th Floor, San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5152
Fax (408) 297-4698