January 23rd, 2016

Freedom NOW Fair
An Anti-Human Trafficking Event

North Park area of San Diego from 10 AM to 3 PM

 

Most everyone will agree that we love our San Diego. But in speaking of our community, there must come the acknowledgement that there is a terrible phenomenon taking place both here and across the country. It’s a phenomenon that many are completely unaware of. Even more disturbing is that there are those who are very much aware of it, are profiting from it and/or are indulging in it. The worst part of all of this is that little girls, little boys, women and men are being enslaved and brutalized by it EVERY DAY. Through force, fraud and/or coercion…these human beings are victims of the crime known as HUMAN TRAFFICKING, and San Diego is one of the top 5 cities in America where this is happening.
There is a need to bring the topic of human trafficking down to street level, so that more people are aware of this critical issue facing our society today and that is taking place in our own back yards. There is a push to reduce the demand for human trafficking by 20% by the end of 2016. To do this, there is a need to change the way the public thinks about this issue as well as a need to empower them with the education and resources in order to become an ally in this mission. With all of these things in mind, we are very excited to announce that the Survivor Leaders Network of San Diego is planning a street fair on January 23rd, 2016. It is titled:
Freedom NOW Fair
An Anti-Human Trafficking Event
This date was chosen largely because it coincides with National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and is set to take place in the North Park area of San Diego from 10 AM to 3 PM. This is not a fundraiser of any kind. The event is intended to be educational, engaging, and interactive with an aim to offer open doors to those willing to be part of the solution to the rampant issue of human trafficking.

 

In order to get the general public more aware and connected with some of the players in this effort, we are planning speakers to include our local politicians (Senator Marty Block), local law enforcement (Assistant District Attorney Summer Stephan), D’Lita Miller (from A&E’s “8 Seconds”), musical acts and spoken word performances from students at Point Loma Nazarene University. Also, we wish to include other local artists and performers wishing to display their talents in support of human trafficking awareness.
A small yet enthusiastic and powerful army of community based organizations in the San Diego area that work around this issue will be present with lots information to engage the public on a down to earth level. Registration for organizations wishing to have a table at the event will open on September 15, 2015 and will close on January 15, 2016. There will be a $45 registration fee for each organization/vendor table at the event; the fee goes to the cost of insurance for the street fair.
If you or your organization would like to contribute to or participate in this event in any way, please contact Tom Jones at (619) 366-9413 for more information or contact can be made with any of the Survivor Leader Network members listed below. Also, look for updates at www.thehopeprojectsd.com and you can also friend us on Facebook as well. We look forward to your participation and attendance.