For the last several months, ZOE has been privileged to be a part of a collaborative and strategic effort to combat child trafficking here in the Los Angeles area. The collaboration is called CARE 18 LA. Members include representatives from churches, businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and local law enforcement.
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the group works to fight trafficking on four fronts: Communication, Advocacy, Recovery, and Engagement. All four of these areas were addressed during the 2015 Global Human Trafficking Conference that was co-sponsored by CARE 18 LA. The conference took place on Saturday, February 7.
The conference featured nationally recognized speakers including trafficking survivors and representatives from the Department of Justice, FBI, Los Angeles Police Department, U.S. House of Representatives, and a myriad of nonprofit organizations that work on the frontlines in the fight against trafficking. Panelists included ZOE’s own USA Regional Director, Betsy Meenk.
“CARE 18 LA is excited to serve as co-sponsors of this year's conference. Our organization is committed to ending human trafficking of minors in Los Angeles by working in collaboration with the faith community, business community, law enforcement, government agencies and non-profit agencies,” said Rachel Crawford, CARE 18 LA’s Communications Director.
We are deeply grateful to the leadership of CARE 18 LA for all they do to pull people together to combat child trafficking right here in Los Angeles County. We truly are better together.