April 27: Oakley Human Trafficking Community Awareness Day

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Join the Contra Costa Human Trafficking Coalition, in partnership with the City of Oakley as we raise awareness for human trafficking in our communities.

This Awareness Day will feature two opportunities for you to learn more about this important issue and how you can help others understand it’s prevalence in Contra Costa County.

10 AM – 1 PM – Red Sand Project @ Rock the Chalk:

Planning on attending this annual art contest? Stop by our table and grab an information packet and a Red Sand Project Tool Kit! What is the Red Sand Project? The Red Sand Project is an artwork that uses participatory sidewalk interventions to raise awareness by calling attention to the cracks that victims and survivors of human trafficking can often slip through, leaving the issue unaddressed in our communities. By filling cracks with red sand and documenting the transformation on social media with #RedSandProject, participants can help begin conversations about the issue of human trafficking.

No pre-registration required for this portion, all packets are free! Registration for the Rock the Chalk Contest is highly recommended. To register, contact Cindy at 925-625-7044.

1:15 PM – 2 PM – Community Canvassing Workshop:

Sharing information about how to recognize and report human trafficking activity is key to making a difference in our communities. Through canvassing local businesses, we can make this information more widely available. efforts. A brief presentation will be given and participants will be given information packets to distribute to local business. The information packet will include:

– Local statistics and information on trafficking in California and our county
– A “Learn the Signs” handout with common indicators and red flags for recognizing if someone may be a victim of human trafficking
– Poster with National Human Trafficking Hotline reporting information for a business to post in a prominent area.

The Coalition will identify ideal business centers, shopping malls or other similar complexes where distribution can occur. Identified areas will be divided amongst volunteers and volunteers can coordinate travel to the identified locations amongst themselves with their own transportation. Volunteers are also encouraged to visit other local businesses or locations that they believe would be willing to post this helpful information.

If you plan on attending this portion of the event, please register by clicking here.

The briefing will conclude by 2 PM and additional time is required depending on your availability if you choose to canvas businesses immediately after.