Human Trafficking Prevention & Intervention
A commitment to EDUCATE, EMPOWER, and SUPPORT the fight to combat human trafficking in San Diego County.
With your pledge, you join a community of activists working to end human trafficking. YOU are making a difference today. Together we can stop the exploitation of our neighbors, our children, and our community. Click HERE to take the Pledge today!
“As we mark Human Trafficking Awareness Month, I am grateful to North County Lifeline’s Project LIFE Program and its indispensable partnership to the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force...Project LIFE partners with our office, the FBI, the community and all of law enforcement to fight this modern-day slavery all year long." -San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan
As a pledge participant:
- You will receive an "Ending Trafficking is Within Reach" Pledge Decal Sticker (must fill out address form below before submission).
- You will be added to a database on North County Lifeline’s website as part of the coalition committed to combatting human trafficking in San Diego County.
- You will receive an email with resource links and action items to EDUCATE, EMPOWER & SUPPORT the fight to combat human trafficking.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to view our current Pledge participants (YOU can be added to this list too simply by taking the Pledge!)
How did this Pledge come about?
The REACH Coalition was created to help address this tragedy in a collaborative way. REACH stands for Recover, Empower, Advocate, Collaborate, and Heal. This task force works to identify and fill gaps in service provision throughout the County and increase the competency of service providers in the fight to combat human trafficking in our community. One of the ways we are increasing awareness is through an educational campaign for January's Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
What can YOU do in the fight against human trafficking?
EDUCATE – Identify the red flags & start the conversation. Learn more about the issue and how to and start the conversation on combatting human trafficking:
- Sign up for a FREE virtual training seminar presented by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
- Read a San Diego Tribune OpEd on LGBTQ youth and trafficking during COVID-19 written by North County Lifeline Project LIFE Staff
- Watch NBC7 Episode Series "Stolen"
- Watch North County Lifeline video on Human Trafficking of Youth During COVID-19
- Listen to The Classical Academies Podcast ft. Project LIFE Staff interview
- Listen to Coast News Podcast on Human Trafficking in San Diego
- Visit the National Human Trafficking Hotline Website
- Watch North County Lifeline's Ask the Experts Series on Human Trafficking
- Watch Jose & Norma's inspiring story of how they both broke free from the vicious cycle of human trafficking (Videos by La Maestra Community Health Centers).
EMPOWER – Teach the truth. Share content to raise awareness about trafficking on your social media platforms or website and have the hard conversations with loved ones about the reality of human trafficking and sexual exploitation:
- Share one of the above videos or articles with a friend
- Share this Pledge with a friend
- Display my Pledge Decal Sticker at my place of business, on my car or water bottle!
- Download the full Media Kit
SUPPORT - Get Involved
- Donate to North County Lifeline's Project LIFE Program!
- Participate in Soroptimist "30 Miles in 30 Days" Walkathon to fight human trafficking
- Follow local organizations working to end human trafficking in San Diego County
- Learn more about how you can be a part of the solution in your community with a training from Project LIFE. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank you for joining this movement alongside REACH Coalition members and Community Partners including: San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC), Generate Hope, La Maestra, North County LGBTQ Resource Center, San Diego LGBTQ Community Center, San Diego Youth Services, STARS and iCARE, Survivor Leader Network of San Diego, Center for Community Solutions, SANDAG, Trish Martinez, Tribal Consultant, Casa Cornelia, Free To Thrive, Alabaster Jar, FBI, Homeland Security, Local Law Enforcement, and San Diego County Child Welfare Services.
PROJECT LIFE PROGRAM GROUP OVERVIEW
San Diego is one of the 13 highest sex trafficking areas in the United States, according to the FBI, and the number of trafficking victims in San Diego continues to increase every year.
Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It involves controlling a person through force, fraud, or coercion to exploit the victim for forced labor, commercial sex, or both. Trafficking victims can be male and female, youth and adults, citizens and non-citizens. More than 85% of North County Lifeline’s sex and labor trafficking victims are domestic clients.
The core mission of Lifeline’s human trafficking prevention and intervention program, Project LIFE (Living In Freedom from Exploitation) is to support human trafficking victims on their path to recovery and self-reliance.
Did you know that social media and online platforms are the most common places sex-traffickers attempt to recruit from, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic? We understand the increasing risk of recruitment of our youth.
Here is an 11-minute video highlighting the increased risk of human trafficking and recruitment of youth during COVID-19 and how to have conversations with youth about their internet usage. Or Download the San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective PDF with questions to ask your child to keep them safe online and FBI recommendations to parents.
Key Project LIFE Research Findings from Criminal Justice Clearinghouse & SANDAG
Thank You to all our Pledge Participants!
Individual Pledge Participants: