Every day, men, women, and children are brutally enslaved by the use of force, deception and coercion. Think of those ads for maids or “modeling,” matchmaking or “Mail Order Brides.” Sometimes the lure is something as innocuous as a babysitting job. For the young girl in Honduras, the man desperate for work in Mexico, or the Thai woman wanting the freedom to make her own living, these are answers to their dreams. Often having to pay a steep price (usually gathered by the family and townspeople) to the person promising these dreams, these innocents step off a precipice into a living hell.
Because — once they have you — suddenly there is no “babysitting” job. Instead, these are what you face:
- Domestic Servitude
- Forced Labor
- Debt-burdened work
- Sexual Exploitation
The CIA estimates that 45,000 to 50,000 people are trafficked each year into the United States and that many of them pass through the San Diego County – Tijuana border region.
We want people to learn more about this terrible crime, as well as the laws that are on the books to protect victims and prosecute their traffickers. Our human trafficking seminar on April 26th is being co-sponsored by the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (“BSCC”).
BSCC delivers comprehensive services to pre-certified victims of trafficking through a network of over 60 government and nonprofit partner agencies in the U.S. and Latin America. Incorporated in 2002 as a 501(c)3, its purpose is to prevent and intervene in the commercial and sexual exploitation of women and children while advocating for all exploited persons — focusing on the cross-border (“bilateral”) area between Mexico and the U.S. Through the collaborative efforts of coalition members, BSCC administers a variety of projects and services for victims, law enforcement, and the community.
Services range from emergency response, to long-term case management including: housing, mental health services, immigration relief, legal advocacy, interpretation and translation services, etc. BSCC administers a bilingual 24-hr hot-line and a Trafficking Emergency Response Team to assist victims in immediate need. Furthermore, BSCC offers ongoing training and technical assistance to coalition members, law enforcement agencies and the community at large.
Come learn more about BSCC, human trafficking, and what you can do about it. April 26 at the downtown Law Library from 8:30 am – 1 pm. Register now, seating is limited.
Director of Libraries John Adkins serves as a volunteer member of the BSCC board of directors. The Law Library provides no financial assistance to BSCC nor has it allocated any money toward producing this program. The seminar is financially sponsored by Lawyers Club. [We welcome all program possibilities! If you want to host an educational seminar at the Law Library, contact our staff. Every program is considered, but the Law Library reserves the right to accept or reject each application. Applicants must be either 501(c)3 certified or worthy of MCLE credit. Applications must address the topic’s seriousness of purpose/educational need, quality of speakers, cost and all logistical/technical requirements.]