Soroptimist 17th Annual STOP Human Trafficking

Unknown participant with Sara Pelaez, Betty Wright, Irma Heffner and County DA Erik Nasarenko.

Soroptimist International sponsored the 17th Annual STOP Human Trafficking Community Walk and Speaker Panel on Saturday, January 13, at Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa Street, in downtown Ventura.

The event started with an awareness walk down Main Street and followed with a speaker panel — Dr. Anthony Walls, co-founder of Healthcare for All; Alia Azariah, Survivor/Advocate from Safe House Project; Detective Kellyn King, Simi Valley PD, Major Crimes Department; and Sandy Esparza, Survivor/Advocate from Zoe International.

Social service agencies were on site with additional information.

The four Ventura County Soroptimist International clubs—SI Oxnard, SI Ventura, SI Camarillo, and SI Channel Islands continue a “Dream Big” community awareness campaign with digital signage on the 101 Freeway for January: National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month. The goal is to raise a new and/or renewed awareness about the heinous crime of sex and labor trafficking that happens throughout Ventura County.

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