Saving Lives, Saving Dignity

May 30th, 2016

This year, once again, Soroptimists across Camino Real Region stepped up to raise awareness of and to take action to fight the trafficking of women. Last October, a challenge was issued to our Region’s clubs. This year’s challenge once again gives Camino Real Region Soroptimists (individuals, groups, and clubs) the opportunity to make a difference in their communities and beyond, by:

  1. Raising awareness of the issue through print and social media
  2. Organizing events to raise awareness of (and funds to fight) human trafficking
  3. Forming partnerships with other organizations that help the victims of trafficking or which work to put an end to it through legislative or enforcement activity.

The challenge was accepted.  I am delighted to acknowledge the work of not one, not two, but six clubs who worked together to raise awareness of and to fight the war on trafficking of women.

They posted tirelessly on social media and published articles in print media. They held events. They marched, together and with partners and elected officials.

They were recognized at conference with trophies, each club getting their own:

SI of Ventura

SI of the Conejo

SI of Santa Barbara

SI of Oxnard

SI of Camarillo

SI of Simi Valley

Congratulations on a great job!

APRIL 9TH, 2016

Less than 6 days left to submit your entry form for our 2016 STOP Trafficking Recognition and Triumph Award.

You know you’ve earned it; you know you want it; now go for it!  Details below in the October 16th, 2015 entry.

October 16th, 2015 – The Challenge

The Camino Real Region STOP Trafficking Triumph Challenge 2015-2016

In 2014-2015, Soroptimists across Camino Real Region stepped up to raise awareness of and to take action to fight the trafficking of women.

The District One Stop Trafficking Committee was acknowledged at the April 2015 Spring Conference for their tireless and prolific work dealing with this issue.

This year’s challenge once again gives Camino Real Region Soroptimists (individuals, groups, and clubs) the opportunity to make a difference in their communities and beyond, by:

  • Raising awareness of the issue through print and social media
  • Organizing events to raise awareness of (and funds to fight) human trafficking
  • Forming partnerships with other organizations that help the victims of trafficking or which work to put an end to it through legislative or enforcement activity.
Guidelines:
  1. The challenge will be in effect from November 1, 2015 to April 1, 2016.
  2. Any Camino Real Region individual, committee, or club is eligible to enter.
  3. One entry per club.
  4. Entries will be judged by an independent committee.
  5. The STOP Trafficking Triumph trophy will be presented to the winning individual, committee chair, or club (President) at Spring Conference in May 2016, during the awards banquet.
  6. To enter, please submit the attached entry form to the STOP Committee Chair:
    1. By email to barbaraandres@gmail.com, or
    2. By mail, addressed to

Barbara Andres
2023 ½ Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

  1. Entries must be time-stamped or postmarked on or before April 15th, 2016.
STOP Trafficking Challenge Entry Form

We, SI of ________________________________, have made a difference by working to STOP Trafficking of Women during the last five months (November 1 to April 1) in the following way(s):

1. Raising awareness of the issue through print and social media. List postings, pages, or articles below, and attach samples if available.  

Date Social Media Site, Print, Web, or other Publication STOP Trafficking Information Published
2. Organizing events to raise awareness of (and funds to fight) human trafficking. Use extra paper if necessary.
Date Name of Event (1) Description of Activity (Qualitative)
(2) Outcome if known (Quantitative, e.g. dollars raised, number of victims helped, etc.)
3. Forming partnerships with other organizations that help the victims of trafficking or which work to put an end to it through legislative or enforcement activity.
Date Name of Partner (1) Description of Partner’s Mission and Activities
(2) Description of the Partnership

 

August 26th, 2015 – The Remarkable Women of Soroptimist International of Glendale

I met members of this amazing club last weekend at our Region Leadership meeting. They are the founding members of the STOP Trafficking project, with their club providing $25,000 in seed money to Soroptimist International of the Americas to initiate the project.  They’ve continued to be a leading force in this effort in their community and in the Region by producing a stage show and sponsoring the screening of a film on the subject.  These women move and inspire me.

The banner was hung over a pedestrian bridge near two major thoroughfares in Glendale right by Glendale Community College.

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August 22nd, 2015 – Resources from Soroptimist International of the Americas

Check this link for resources and media from our Federation for clubs to use to get started or expand their STOP Trafficking efforts.

Return to this page regularly for updates about what is going on in our region.

Clubs who are participating: send me pictures and stories.  I will share. I will share. I will share.

Soroptimists STOP Trafficking

Slavery is a harsh reality for millions of people the world over who find themselves trapped in an exploitative and abusive system, bought and sold like objects, and treated with no dignity or human decency.
How extensive is modern day slavery’s reach? Human rights groups estimate that anywhere between 12.3 million and 27 million people are enslaved in forced or bonded labor, child labor, sexual servitude, and involuntary servitude at any given time.
In 2007, Soroptimist International of the Americas launched a major campaign— Soroptimists STOP Trafficking—aimed at raising awareness about the devastating practice of sextrafficking. Soroptimist club members place sex slavery awareness cards in highly visible locations including police stations, women’s centers, hospitals, legal aid societies, etc. The program has evolved to include a multi-dimensional approach to end sex trafficking including raising awareness, assisting victims, preventing sexual slavery, and advocating for better laws and enforcement.STOP SIGN
Soroptimist International Camino Real Region spans three counties (Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara).  Our members participate in this campaign. We believe that collectively and in partnership with other organizations, legislators, and law enforcement, we can put an end to this problem.
During the Soroptimist biennium 2014-2016 I am Camino Real Region’s STOP Trafficking Committee Chair.
Contact me via this page if you’d like to help.  Last year, our region’s members stepped up to the challenge.  One group in particular shone extra brightly in the constellation of challengers – the District 1 STOP Trafficking Committee.  They were duly acknowledged last April at Spring Conference.3
Who will be the champions this year?  Watch this page for details.

 

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