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National Stalking Awareness Month
Stalking is intentionally or recklessly engaging in a course of conduct targeted at a specific person which would cause that person in the circumstances to fear for their or their family member’s safety.

Any person of any age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, religion, or nationality can be stalked. Stalking is about power and control and is used by the stalker to intimidate their victim.
Safety Tips
Stalking is a federal crime and affects everyone:
Anti-Human Trafficking and Slavery Month
Human trafficking is the process of trapping people through the use of violence, deception or coercion and exploiting them for financial or personal gain.
What trafficking really means is girls groomed and forced into sexual exploitation; men tricked into accepting risky job offers and trapped in forced labor in building sites, farms or factories; and women recruited to work in private homes only to be trapped, exploited and abused behind closed doors with no way out.

People don’t have to be transported across borders for trafficking to take place. In fact, transporting or moving the victim doesn’t define trafficking – it can take place within a single country, or even within a single community.
People can be trafficked and exploited in many forms, including being forced into sexual exploitation, labor, begging, crime (such as growing cannabis or dealing drugs), domestic servitude, marriage or organ removal.
Recognizing Labor Trafficking
Labor trafficking includes situations where men, women, and children are forced to work because of debt, immigration status, threats and violence. Keeping victims isolated — physically or emotionally — is a key method of control in most labor trafficking situations. But that does not mean you never cross paths with someone who is experiencing trafficking. 

Someone may be experiencing labor trafficking or exploitation if they:
  • Feel pressured by their employer to stay in a job or situation they want to leave
  • Owe money to an employer or recruiter or are not being paid what they were promised or are owed
  • Do not have control of their passport or other identity documents
  • Are living and working in isolated conditions, largely cut off from interaction with others or support systems
  • Appear to be monitored by another person when talking or interacting with others
  • Are being threatened by their boss with deportation or other harm
  • Are working in dangerous conditions without proper safety gear, training, adequate breaks, or other protections
  • Are living in dangerous, overcrowded, or inhumane conditions provided by an employer

Recognizing Sex Trafficking
Sex trafficking occurs when individuals are made to perform commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Any child under 18 who is involved in commercial sex is legally a victim of trafficking, regardless of whether there is a third party involved.

Someone may be experiencing sex trafficking if they:
  • Want to stop participating in commercial sex but feel scared or unable to leave the situation.
  • Disclose that they were reluctant to engage in commercial sex but that someone pressured them into it.
  • Live where they work or are transported by guards between home and workplace.
  • Are children who live with or are dependent on a family member with a substance use problem or who is abusive.
  • Have a “pimp” or “manager” in the commercial sex industry.
  • Work in an industry where it may be common to be pressured into performing sex acts for money, such as a strip club, illicit cantina, go-go bar, or illicit massage business.
  • Have a controlling parent, guardian, romantic partner, or “sponsor” who will not allow them to meet or speak with anyone alone or who monitors their movements, spending, or communications.
Human Trafficking in California
The Tri-Valley Haven's Services
The Tri-Valley Haven offers a wide range of services on this subject such as advocates and counselors that survivors of sex trafficking can speak to at anytime by calling our 24-7 Crisis Line: 1-800-884-8119

Our Preventionist team teaches anti-sex trafficking classes at the local middle and high schools. Local youth are taught early on about the signs of traffickers as well as promoting safety against traffickers.
Tri-Valley Haven's Statement on Capitol insurrection
Yesterday we witnessed a horrifying event take place at the heart of our government. At the capitol, a large violent mob forced our elected officials into hiding behind doors and under desks. Their message was literal: they smeared feces on walls and urinated on floors of our capitol. Many of these seditious criminals wore offensive tees, carried confederate flags and brought weapons. One carried zip ties, commonly used as handcuffs. Five people are dead. Materials for Molotov cocktails, supplies for the manufacture of gases used in war settings, pipe bombs, numerous guns and a fully constructed noose were found on capitol grounds afterwards. As horrifying as it was, it could have been so much worse.
The list of suspects identified reads like a who’s who in the white supremacist movement. The story would have an entirely different ending had the mob consisted primarily of black and brown people rather than the primarily white group who wreaked havoc in the historic capitol building. For those of us who have worked to end violence against women and to support equity between all groups, a familiar cocktail of hatred was evident at the core of the seditious act. Racism and misogyny often go hand in hand. This is not unusual. Whenever one is able to see a particular group of human beings as “less than” it is a small step to add another group to the mix. Objectifying people as less than human makes it easier to justify nearly any horrific act against them. 
As awful as yesterday’s events and all the rhetoric beforehand were, we can take this as an opportunity to do so much better. We have seen where hatred and intolerance lead. At the Haven we re-commit to ending violence and ending racism. We now have a cocktail of our own; anger, sadness, fear, passion, love, tolerance, determination and unity. Although we are sad, maybe this is where we had to go before we step into our best selves. Join us as we strive to build a truly Beloved Community. We can do it, and we can begin with our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers.
Together we build a world without violence.

-Ann King, Executive Director
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