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“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.

Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Proverbs 31:8,9

CLICK HERE FOR MARCH 2015 ADVOCACY REPORT:

Women of Vision's Call to Advocacy:

To empower and mobilize Women of Vision to be advocates for issues that impact vulnerable women and children, in support of the advocacy priorities of World Vision. This is not difficult to do. It takes the will to act and speak out on behalf of the poor and voiceless.

As Congress settles into the new 114th session, World Vision is finalizing its 2015 advocacy priorities. We can expect a focus on child protection and maternal and child health, along with adequate funding for poverty-focused development assistance.

The Advocacy Committee meets every six weeks and welcomes anyone interested in joining the committee or just attending a meeting to find what we are doing. Our recent focus has been on human trafficking and below you can read more about our efforts in advocating on national and state legislation to protect victims, prosecute offenders and prevent further perpetration of this crime.

Join us as we move forward to explore new opportunities for advocacy in connection with Women of Vision’s Strong Women, Strong World campaign. At this time our next meeting is to be determined.

Please contact Bobbi Dauderman at bobbi@dauderman.com or 949-400-7200 for time and location. You may send your e address to Bobbi to make sure you receive timely information for advocay actions (phone calls) and related WOV activites and events that involve advocacy.

Also, please note we have provided resources in the form of a reading list, videos and Internet content for you to research issues of concern. In addition, there are many meetings and conferences in the Orange County area for which attendance is open and participation encouraged.

It works. We begin with prayer for guidance in doing justice and loving mercy, and then move outward to turn our faith into action and become part of God's reconciling, healing work. By making our voices heard in our communities and in Congress, we help to make our nation's laws more just and compassionate toward those in need.

RECENT LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Through timely phone calls, letters and visits to legislators, our WOV chapter has made a difference.

Water for the World Act - passed into law December 8, 2014. More than 748 million people lack access to safe water. This provides U.S. funding for clean water, sanitation and hygiene around the world, to achieve greater accountability of water programs and reaching the most vulnerable communities.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) - signed into law as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. This bill provides federal funding for global and U.S. programs to prevent the human trafficking of men, women and children from modern da slavery and exploitation, protect victims and prosecute traffickers.

State Legislation: California’s Proposition 35 - passed by 81.1% of the voters on November 6, 2012. It provides for stronger prison sentences of traffickers, registration of traffickers as sex offenders and disclosure of their Internet accounts as well as increased criminal fines to pay for victims’ services.

Why advocate against human trafficking?

Human trafficking and sexual exploitation of men, women and children affects over 1,100,000 people worldwide every year! It is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world today and the fastest growing.

In order to stop these atrocities, there is much work to be done. This task is international, national and local. According to the U.S. State Department, approximately 800,000 to 900,000 victims annually are trafficked across international borders worldwide and between 14,500 and 17,500 of the victims are trafficked into the United States. They are subjected to force, fraud and coercion for the purposes of forced labor of all types with little or no compensation. Others are forced into areas of sexual exploitation.

Traffickers use many techniques to instill fear in victims and to keep them enslaved. They recruit victims by any means possible from casual encounters at suburban malls to communication over the Internet. Some keep their victims under lock and key. Less obvious techniques including debt bondage, fabricating financial obligations honor-bound to satisfy debt and isolation from the public by limiting contact with outsiders and making sure that any contact is monitored or superficial. Traffickers confiscate passports, visas and other identification documents, keeping victims dependent at all times.

Although public awareness and education are increasing, we must move forward to find solutions to bring this problem to an end.

Get Involved and Take Action

  • Ensure Justice Conference - March 6 & 7, presented by The Global Center for Women and Justice, Vanguard University. For info, call 714-966-6360.
  • Take action today! You can make a difference with one phone call. Advocacy works. Call the D.C. office of your Representative from 6A-2P PST to help pass the Girls Count Act, H.R. 3398. Untold numbers of girls around the world are born without registration of their birth. This leaves them invisible, without documentation, and prevented from attending school, receiveing health care and later finding legitimate employment.
  • Representative Dana Rohrabacher, District 48 202-224-2415

    Representative Mimi Walteers, District 45 202-225-5611

  • Sample Message: "Hello, I am _____, a constituent from (your city). I am calling to ask Rep. Rohrabacher (48th District)/Rep. Walters (45th District) to support the reintrodution of the Girls Count Act (H.R. 3398), sponsored lst session by Rep. Steve Chabot, and to co-sponsor this bill when it is reintroduced during this new session of Congress. Thank you."
  • Orange County Human Trafficking Taskforce (OCHTTF), highly informative general meetings held the last Wednesday of each month, 10:30A-Noon, 1821 E. Dyer Rd., Ste. 200, Santa Ana, CA 92705. WOV is a partner in this collaboration of law enforcement, non-governmental and faith-based organizations, using a multidisciplinary approach to focus on the eradication of human trafficking in OC.
  • Look Beneath the Surface! Know the clues that can help to identify possible victims of human trafficking. (Please see any Advocacy Committee member for handy reference cards to carry with you.)
  • Commit this number to memory - 888-3737-888. Learn this National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline phone number and put it on your phone system. Call when you suspect someone is being enslaved or trafficked.
  • Attend the Orange County Human Trafficking Taskforce (OCHTTF) meetings.
  • Promote fair trade and denounce slave labor in product supply chains.
  • Go to and sign up for this World Vision Advocacy blog. Beyond 5 is a community of everyday advocates - mothers, students, church members and ordinary people - who refuse to accept that 17,000 children die daily before reaching their fith birthday, of causes we can prevent with simple solutions. Beyond 5 members are commited to working together though 2015 and beyond to help dramatically lower this number. See their website under Resources to access/download tools as they are developed (prayer guides, videos, church resources and suggested activities).
  • OCHTTF in the Media Recently:
  • http://ocregister.com/articles/trafficking-653567-victims-human.html.

    http://ocregister.com/articles/trafficking-644417-victims-human.html.

    http://ocregister.com/articles/trafficking-645097-human-victims.html.

    http://ocregister.com/articles/trafficking-645778-slavery-sex.html.

    NBC Special Report “Rescue Mission in Orange County Saves Victims of Sex Trafficking”

    Go to the link to see the segment that was aired last night on NBC with the Anaheim PD

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/anaheim-orange-county-sex-trafficking-

    rescue-mission-247438461.html

    FOX 11 Special Report “Romeo Pimps: What Can Be Done?”

    Go to the link to see the segment that was aired on FOX on 2/12 with CSP and OC District

    Attorney’s Office

    http://www.myfoxla.com/story/24710366/romeo-pimps-what-can-be-done

    OC Register “Yorba Linda slaying: Sex-trafficking gangs infiltrate Orange County”

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/trafficking-600971-county-orange.html

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