THE SAN FRANCISCO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, DEPARTMENT ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN AND SAN FRANCISCO COLLABORATIVE AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING (SFCAHT) KICK-OFF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2015

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THE SAN FRANCISCO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, DEPARTMENT ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN AND  SAN FRANCISCO COLLABORATIVE AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING (SFCAHT) KICK-OFF  HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH 2015

 

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Melinda Haag, U.S. Attorney, Northern District of CA, SF District Attorney George Gascón, SFPD Chief Greg Suhr, and other top City Officials Join to Kick-Off Annual Awareness Campaign

 

Event will also honor recipients of the 2015 Modern-Day Abolitionist Award

 

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the Department on the Status of Women (DOSW) in conjunction with the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT), are pleased to partner and “kick-off” the City’s  annual awareness campaign in observance of Human Trafficking Awareness Month 2015.  This annual campaign was formally recognized by San Francisco leaders in 2010 and runs each year between January 11 (National Human Trafficking Awareness Day) andFebruary 12 (Abraham Lincoln’s birthday).

 

“Through coordination, collaboration and education we can end human trafficking in San Francisco and beyond,” said District Attorney George Gascón.  “The impact of trafficking on the young women involved is abhorrent and we must disrupt and dismantle these criminal enterprises.”

 

Speakers and special guests at this year’s press conference will include: SF Mayor Ed Lee, Melinda Haag, U.S. Attorney, Northern District of CA, Supervisor Katy Tang, SF District Attorney George Gascón, SFPD Chief Greg Suhr, and other top City officials and members from law enforcement who will discuss their departments’ priorities in combatting human trafficking.  Additional speakers scheduled to participate include Supervisor Norman Yee,  Tatum S. King, Acting Special Agent in Charge, ICE HSI San Francisco, John Kramar, Director, San Francisco District Office, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services DHS and Jack Jaqua, Co-Founder, Omega Boys Club.

 

Recipients of the 2015 “Modern-Day Abolitionist Award” were also honored at the event.  This is an award given out each year to Bay Area leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to creating a local and global community that values human life and abhors practices that deny a person’s right to live a life free from violence, exploitation, and slavery. This year’s award recipients include:

 

·         SFCAHT's 2015 Modern Day Abolitionist Award for Government Policy - Emily Murase, Executive Director, SF Department on the Status of Women  

·         SFCAHT's 2015 Modern Day Abolitionist Award for Advocacy - Sharan Dhanoa, Coordinator of the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking

·         SFCAHT's 2015 Modern Day Abolitionist Award for Education - Benita Hopkins, Director of Education, Love Never Fails

 

In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, SFCAHT members will also be holding various events to raise awareness about human trafficking in the Bay Area.  A calendar of these events can be found online atwww.sfcaht.org.

 

SFCAHT was launched as a joint effort by the HRC, DOSW and the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking (JCEHT) in January 2010.  Today, it has a membership of over 20 agencies representing a broad array of nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, law enforcement agencies, service providers, educators, and community members. SFCAHT is committed to ending human trafficking through collaboration, education, outreach, advocacy, and supporting survivors of human trafficking by taking a zero tolerance stance on exploitation, violence, and human trafficking and building a strong group of anti-trafficking advocates and experts in San Francisco.

 

For more information about this event or SFCAHT, please visitwww.sfcaht.org or contact Linda Janourova-Tang atljanourova@gmail.com.

 

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