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
During non-Covid times at meetings we would 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.
Currently under Covid regulations we are keeping our meetings and communication online via zoom and email, calling people to action as opportunities arise within the community. If you would like to join forces with our ongoing work, please sign up here to receive regular emails of how to stay involved, and continue reading below for ways to plug into specific areas in the meantime.
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 survivors with tangible resources as needs arise, through our local survivor homes Hope Refuge (youth survivors--short term residential), SAFE House (youth survivors), and Living Arrows (transitioning adults). We keep our partners updated for relevant current needs through our communication network. If you would like to see these organizations' current needs lists, check them out here:
To donate directly to our Flexible Dollars Fund (funds that specifically go toward meeting the immediate needs of local survivors as needs arise through the Human Trafficking Task Force, including Fresh Start Bags), click here:
If you have more questions, send us an email here.
Human Trafficking 101 Trainings
We coordinate human trafficking trainings in faith communities within the Santa Barbara County. Each Human Trafficking 101 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. All workshops and webinars are currently being offered online, via zoom meetings.
For a larger group (such as an entire faith community or community organization), the following trainings can also be coordinated: CSEC 101 (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children), Panel Discussion, Trace the Case training. If you, your faith community or group are interested in participating in or hosting any of these presentations, please fill out this form:
Don't know which training would be best? Email us to find the best fit for you, your faith community or group here.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."