Annual Awareness Walk Highlights a Community Issue
Walking with a Purpose
Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland (SIVNCI) recently sponsored the 12th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk to shed light on the impact of sexual exploitation in the community. More than 150 Vista residents gathered with signs to march from the Wave Water Park to Civic Center Dr. and back.
Retired FBI agent Masayo Halpin spoke of her experiences with task forces in Portland, OR to stop human trafficking, and about a girl involved in human trafficking, who after consistent care was able to escape her hardships. Jaimee Johnson, founder of the nonprofit Sisters of the Streets and peer counselor with Project LIFE, a program part of the North County Lifeline Organization, also spoke of her own experiences as a victim. She and the Project LIFE team have helped in the rescue and treatment of nearly 150 girls since 2012.
“SIVNCI seeks to raise awareness and educate communities about human trafficking, in part by initiating an awareness program…”
SIVNCI seeks to raise awareness and educate communities about human trafficking, in part by initiating an awareness program called the North San Diego County Human Trafficking Collaborative. In addition to the annual Awareness Walk, SIVNCI also maintains a speakers’ bureau to provide information about human trafficking to organizations in North San Diego County, provides updates on legislation relative to human trafficking, and provides news articles about human trafficking. For more information visit www.soroptimistvista.org.