Northern California native Grace Williams is founder of the anti-human-trafficking organization Children of the Immaculate Heart (CIH). She represents the post-care needs of trafficking victims and is hoping to open a residential-treatment facility for female juveniles.
According to the 2014 U.S. State Department’s “Trafficking in Persons” report, there are 20 million victims of human trafficking globally. The numbers of human beings trafficked will soon rival the numbers of the slave trade in the 1700s. Most trafficking now is clandestine, whereas, before, it was an accepted institution; it was seen.
The U.S. is one of the top three destination points for trafficking victims globally.
California is one of the top four destination states within the country. The FBI has identified [the Bay area] as a high-density trafficking area. Accordingly human trafficking has, in some cases, replaced drug dealing.
There are very few facilities for trafficked minors in California. It became apparent … that this is what we needed to do.
We’re starting from absolute scratch, but we’ve made really good progress. I’m really impressed with the community stepping up to help. I think it’s going really well. It just takes time to get big donors to even trust you.
Please join Grace on June 29 from 6-8 p.m. at Mission San Carlos Borromeo (3080 Rio Rd) in Monterey.
For more information contact Grace at (831) 277-7066 or please visit, www.childrenoftheimmaculateheart.org.