Santa Rosa, CA – January 8, 2018 – January is
designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The annual event has
been recognized since January 2010 in an effort to bring attention to the
epidemic of human trafficking in this country.
Attorney Jill Ravitch noted that, “My office seeks to end human trafficking on
multiple levels. Although our primary mission is to prosecute cases involving
traffickers, we also work hard to meet the needs of victims, and raise
awareness in the community through the efforts of the Sonoma County Human
Trafficking Task Force.”
District Attorney Brian Staebell chairs the Task Force which includes
representatives from Verity, Santa Rosa Police Department, Polly Klass
Foundation, Crossing the Jordan, Sonoma County Human Services Department, Human
Rights Commission, Soroptomist International of Sonoma County, Petaluma Police
Department, Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, Sonoma County Health
Services, Sonoma County Probation, Social Advocates for Youth, Sheriff’s
Office, Junior League of Napa-Sonoma, Commission on the Status of Women, and
In 2017 the
Task Force presented at the Human Trafficking Task Forces Executives’ Session
in San Francisco, presented to Elsie Allen’s Human Trafficking Panel, and
screened the film The Long Night, by director Tim Matsui.
month of January, the District Attorney’s Office, along with the Task Force is
leading and participating in a number of events:
The Long Night(2014).
directed by award-winning photojournalist Tim Matsui. Followed by panel
Theater, 23 Petaluma Blvd South, Petaluma, CA, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Board of Supervisors will issue a Resolution declaring January as Human
Trafficking Awareness Month.
Supervisors Chambers, 575 Administration Drive, Rm 102A, 1:30 p.m.
I Am Jane Doe (2017).
Academy Award-nominee Jessica Chastain and directed by award-winning filmmaker
Mary Mazzio. Followed by panel discussion.
Center, 2060 W. College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
which are funded by members of the Task Force will be visible throughout the
county. The same posters will also be placed on buses operated by CityBus of
Santa Rosa, and those operated by Sonoma County Transit.