Human Trafficking Awareness

Left to right, Rio Vista Mayor Ron Kott presents a human trafficking awareness proclamation May 15, 2018 to Soroptimist International Founder Region Governor Pam Parker, SI Rio Vista President Teri Malkin and SI Rio Vista Women’s Rights Committee Co-chair Kay Kelley.

The Human Trafficking Awareness project educates and builds community wide awareness of human trafficking in our communities, county, and foreign countries.

Drawing upon materials from a Soroptimist International White Paper, Home Land Security, trainings from Elle Snow “Game Over,” Rebecca Bender Initiative and other multi-media resources, the club has created an informative tri-fold handout and a Power Point presentation.

The club presents to Soroptimist members, school groups, teachers, Lions Club, Rotary Club, American Legion, church groups, senior living groups, school board, students and other community entities.

The club also provides “Survival Bags” to the Solano County District Attorney’s office for persons rescued from a trafficking situation with no immediate provisions. (See below.) Plans for the fall include securing donations from the Rio Vista Lions Club and Rio Vista Rotary Club to provide every teacher in our community the opportunity to participate in the on-line education series developed by the global not for profit “3 Strands” Project. The club also plans to provide information to high school students at our “Dream it Be It” conference.

Survival Bags

Kay Kelley, SI Rio Vista Women’s Rights Committee Chair, presents Centers Director Angel Aguilar with the first 10 survival bags.

The club collects and assembles survival bags for women and girls in partnership with the Solano County Center for Family Justice.

The SFJC operates under the auspices of the Solano County District Attorney’s Office offering advocacy and preventative services including assistance for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, child abuse, sexual assault and other social services including onsite support and counseling.

Many women and girls arrive at the center with only the clothes on their backs. The club collects new pajamas, under clothing, tooth brushes, shampoos, soaps and feminine hygiene products. The club hopes that the survival bags give these women and girls, if only for a few days or weeks, some dignity by providing the basic necessities for daily living. Club and community members have been very generous and the first ten bags were delivered to the center in mid-November 2018.

If you would like to donate to this effort, please contact Kay Kelley, Women’s Rights Committee Chair, at kaykelley221813@gmail.com.