Community Day of Action kicks off Anti-Human Trafficking Poster Campaign in San Mateo County
San Mateo County’s Community Day of Action on May 10th was a great success, sending a national message that the Bay Area does not tolerate human trafficking and is taking a stand against modern-day slavery. 30 volunteers attended the Day of Action to learn about human trafficking and distribute posters to help raise awareness of a new hotline number for victims of labor and commercial sex trafficking. Presenters at the event included Mike Callagy, Deputy County Manager and Retired Deputy Chief of the San Mateo Police Department; Jessica Boyles, Human Trafficking Prevention Manager at the YWCA Silicon Valley; Betty Ann Boeving, Executive Director of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition; Emily Sims, Co-founder of the Marin County Human Trafficking Task Force; and Rose Mukhar, Social Justice Advocate and Human Rights Attorney. After presentations on human trafficking and a training session to prepare, groups fanned out across the county to distribute posters to certain bars, transit stations, farm labor contractors, urgent care centers and other establishments required by State law to post the hotline number. The posters, which include information in English, Spanish, and Chinese, offer two toll-free hotlines where callers can anonymously report trafficking activity, receive instantaneous support, and request referrals to shelters or clinics. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center is available at 1-888-373-7888 and the California Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking can be reached at 1-888-539-2373. Responders are available in more than 160 languages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Fliers are available to be downloaded at BAHC2Freedom.org.