Exploitation and trafficking is a real, felt issue in Santa Barbara County. In response, SBACT coordinates the SB Coalition for Freedom, a partnership between non-profits, government agencies, faith communities, and community members involved with fighting issues of local exploitation. Prevention efforts are focused around awareness, particularly with youth that are already at-risk.
The SBCF meets bi-monthly and has begun planning events to build awareness and prevention, as well as to come alongside and support local survivors.
CA is one of the nation's top 4 destination states for human trafficking
There were 45 confirmed, unduplicated child survivors of domestic sex trafficking in SB County between 2012-2014 (see below)
80 children have been identified as "suspected" survivors in SB County
Of those interviewed, 80% indicated that their primary residence was SB County
Number of Confirmed Survivors of Domestic Child Sex Trafficking
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Sharon Byrne, Board member, United Nations Association of Santa Barbara
Daniel "Sat" Colantonio, Executive Director, Hustlers for Humanity Santa Barbara
Alejandro Cortes, Youth Outreach Worker, Santa Barbara Unified School DIstrict
Wendy Guzman, Special Populations Coordinator, Standing Together to End Sexual Assault
Joseph Natale, Director, Intensive Heart Ventures
Jenny Peña, HR Director, CJ Affiliate by Conversant
David Pringle, Pringle Creative
Rich Sander, Executive Director, Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transformation
Yleana Velasco, Victim Witness Advocate, District Attorney of SB County's Human Trafficking Task Force
Deepa Willingham, Founder & Chair Emeritus, PACE Universal