Interfaith Collaborative Against Human Trafficking
Santa Barbara County
In response to the alarming increase in sex and labor trafficking within the region, in 2013, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office formed the Human Trafficking Task Force. The task force is comprised of state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as non-profit and faith-based organizations, working to assess the scope of the problem locally, offer access to training opportunities, develop protocols and improve law enforcement and victim service response.
The Interfaith Collaborative is a branch of the Task Force, coordinating, educating and empowering the faith-based communities to informed local action. Together we are dedicated to a victim-centered approach to combat the commercial sexual exploitation and labor trafficking of human beings.
What We Do
Coordinate, Educate, and Empower Faith Communities for Local Action
The Interfaith Collaborative is currently building a network of faith communities dedicated to the abolishment of human trafficking in the Santa Barbara area. By joining this network, faith communities receive access to education about human trafficking by trainers equipped through the District Attorney's office, are alerted to ways they can meet the tangible needs of local survivors, receive updates on local trafficking, and stay in the loop for more action opportunities. Below are ongoing ways you and your faith community can join us!
Interfaith Collaborative Meetings
At bi-monthly meetings, we check in with working groups, plan awareness events and trainings, hear updates within the Human Trafficking Task Force, connect people with new action pieces to fight trafficking, and strategize new methods in equipping more faith communities for local action.
Meet Tangible Needs of Survivors
Through our network of faith communities, we work to raise funds and collect items, such as Fresh Start Bags--a 'kit' that includes the basic necessities survivors will need to begin their new life of freedom. We also help to connect local homes for survivors with tangible resources, as needs arise.
Human Trafficking 101 Trainings
We coordinate Human Trafficking 101 Trainings in faith communities within the Santa Barbara County. Each training is presented by a representative trained through the District Attorney's Office. Our hope is that each faith community in the area will receive these trainings, so we are a community that is informed, mobilized and empowered to combat trafficking.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Martin Luther King Jr.
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