MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018
Laguna Mobile Estates Community Room Annex
Presentation by SLO County Human Trafficking Task Force
You may be thinking, “I don’t want to or need to know anything about Human Trafficking.” And you may not think your sister, daughter or granddaughter could ever be a victim of human trafficking – but you are wrong. Knowing more could save a life! Consider this example:
A woman in her 40’s came to speak to high school students about Sex Trafficking. Was this an appropriate subject for this age group? Yes, because one day, on her way home from high school, she was kidnapped, drugged, gang raped, and forced into prostitution – while living at home with her family – in an upper middle class town in Ohio.
This story is worth sharing because of its ending. One early morning, this same young girl was sitting alone at a truck stop (often the meet up location for prostitution rings) when an elderly lady came and sat next to her and said, “You don’t look like you belong here. Can I help?” The elderly woman left and immediately called the police and the young woman was rescued. Do you know why the elderly woman even noticed, let alone, approached the young woman? She had just read a poster about the signs of human trafficking and how to respond. It was posted in that very same truck stop rest room!
Please don’t bury your head in the sand and hope this will go away. Our hope is that you will want to learn more about the signs of human trafficking and become aware of who is at risk – and it is predominantly girls and women!
The San Luis Obispo branch was organized in 1943 and has been a vital part of the community for over 65 years.
The branch was instrumental in the creation of Mission Plaza and the Art Center of San Luis Obispo. We also initiated Art Park, a summer arts program for children, and were founding members of the SLO County Women’s Legacy Fund. We continue to sponsor candidates’ and issue forums.
Today the branch consists of more than 70 women from varied backgrounds who promote the Association’s goals.
Our current community actions include:
- Tech Trek: is a math and science camp for middle school girls
- Adopt-a-Poll: staffing a voting site during elections
- San Luis Obispo High School Scholarships: our branch raises money to provide scholarships for college-bound high school girls.
- Scholarship & Loan Committee: was created to assist re-entry students at Cuesta College. The Committee is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
- Support for the Educational Foundation: Provides fellowships and grants to women for graduate study and community action
- Support for Legal Advocacy Fund: Provides support for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination in academia and the workplace
- Friends of the Library/AAUW In-School Reading Program: Volunteers read with children in a classroom setting to provide literacy experiences that encourage, support, and celebrate children’s efforts to learn to read.
Branch meetings are generally held once a month on either Monday evening or Saturday during the day at various locations around town. These monthly programs provide opportunities for members to discuss and learn about critical issues affecting women and the community. For more details on upcoming programs please see the programs page. All meetings are open to the public. If you would like to talk to a branch representative before attending a meeting, please feel free to contact us.
We also have a variety of special interest groups you may enjoy. These include two bridge groups, two book clubs, craft group, hiking, and dining out. Please join us!
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