DA Press Release
DA Press Release

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month 2018

Author: District Attorney's Office
Date: 1/8/2018 9:04 AM

Several outreach and community events are scheduled to raise awareness during January's "2018 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month"

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, January 8, 2018 – The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office is asking the residents of San Luis Obispo County to take a stand against Slavery and Human Trafficking in January, during National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

The FBI has identified California as one of the primary transit and destination states for human trafficking victims.  San Luis Obispo County is a natural corridor for human trafficking activities between Los Angeles and San Francisco.  As of January 2015, San Luis Obispo County established an Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, comprised of various County departments, federal, and state law enforcement agencies, and community based organizations. 

Human Trafficking is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for the purpose of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.  Human traffickers target all populations around the world and in our own neighborhoods.  Runaway and homeless youth, native individuals, domestic violence victims, and the LGBTQ population are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking.

We encourage you to join us and to raise awareness of human trafficking at the following upcoming events:


   County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors – Proclamation                                                 

   Proclamation to recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month   

   January 9, 2018; 1:30 pm 

   Chambers of the Board of Supervisors   

   1055 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93508


    The Intimate Partner Violence Coalition - The Trauma Stewardship Institute:

    How to Do this Work & Sustain 

    Workshop focused on vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and self-care

    January 17, 2018, from 8:15 am to 11:15 am; from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm 

    Copeland Health Education Pavilion Auditorium, French Hospital Medical Center    

    1911 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401


     RISE - Men’s Place in the #MeToo Movement 

     January 18, 2018; from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm  

     San Luis Obispo County Library, 995 Palm St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403


     Advanced Education Training Symposium 

     January 20, 2018; from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm  

     Harvest Christian Fellowship, 6115 Arlington Ave, Riverside, CA 92504


     Central Coast Freedom Network - Human Trafficking Training  

     Training designed for anyone currently working with or anticipates working

     with, survivors of Human Trafficking

     sign up or get more information: [email protected]


     North County Abolitionists – Runaway Children: Showing the Disturbing 

     Link between Foster Youth and Human Trafficking in California

     Panel Members include Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham and District Attorney 

     Dan Dow February 2, 2018, time and location tbd



To get help or report a suspected instance of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733).  You may also contact your local law enforcement of call Crime Stoppers at 544-STOP or text SLOTIPS plus your message to Crimes (2746237).


Point of contact for media inquiries is Chief Deputy District Attorney Jerret Gran (805) 781-5811.