PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Interface staff (pictured in Oxnard, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks), donned blue in recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month for #WearBlueDay.   Team members have been very busy hosting the kick-off of the Ventura County Human Trafficking Task Force, collaborating with partners to have January proclaimed as Human Trafficking Awareness Month by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors , providing workplace trainings throughout the county, and of course, providing direct services to victims.  To find out more, please visit Interface's human trafficking program page by clicking here!

It's not too late, make any day #WearBlueDay! Print out your own sign and tag us on Facebook or Instagram !
NEWS AND EVENTS
Human Trafficking Task Force Featured in the V C Reporter! Click the picture below to read the article!
A meeting of the Ventura County Human Trafficking Task Force Leadership Advisory Committee took place on January 10 at Interface's Camarillo offices. Pictured from left to right: Kathryn Torres, detective with Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Christan Perez, program manager at Interface Children and Family Services, Nicholle Gonzalez-Seitz, program director with Interface, Erik Sternad, executive director at Interface, Bill Ayub, sheriff, VCSO, Nick Odenath, detective, VCSO, Jacqui Irwin, California Assemblymember.
Educate Children About Sexual
Abuse So They Won’t Delay Reporting
New law (AB218*) should serve as a wake-up call for increased child abuse prevention in schools by Erik Sternad, Executive Director, Interface Children & Family Services

We know a 69-year-old woman who never reported her childhood sexual abuse. A friend of the family abused her when she was seven years old; she told her mother at the time, who chose not to confront the abuser because “he was moving away.” A second man abused her later. The next person she told, apart from her spouse, was her 25-year-old daughter some 52 years after her first molestation. When we asked her about her experience, she said that she was an ideal victim—a compliant child who sought to please, took direction, kept secrets, and implicitly trusted authority. As she looks toward her 70 th birthday in February, she is just now starting to understand how these events dramatically affected her life, from chronic anxiety and depression to a lack of healthy boundaries and an inability to self-advocate in relationships. At Interface Children & Family Services, we believe that early education could have easily prevented these abuses and a lifetime of painful impacts. Continue Reading Here
Interface's Ventura Office Opens
Ventura is the newest site for Interface Services! Our Ventura site opened this month in Montalvo Square off Victoria Avenue. The Family Violence Prevention team pictured is excited to increase access to help when and where it's needed most!
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