September 1, 2022, Vista, CA—Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland hosted the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting on Thursday, September 1, 9 a.m., at United Methodist Church of Vista’s Fellowship Hall at 490 S. Melrose Ave., Vista. Guest speaker was Deputy District Attorney Brooke Tafreshi, Community Partnership Prosecutor assigned to North County San Diego, who spoke about the new Family Justice Center, “One Safe Place” that opened in San Marcos in July. (PHOTO: Brooke Tafreshi with Soroptimist Kaye Van Nevel, who chairs the Collaborative.)
The center is a place where child, adult, and elderly victims of abuse and their families will walk through the doors and receive acute crisis-care, advocacy, counseling, legal services, connection to shelter and housing, long term mentoring, workforce readiness, and educational opportunities – all under one roof. The goal of the North County Family Justice Center is to provide hope, healing, and justice by creating pathways forward for victims and their families as they move through the process of “surviving to thriving.” Before, victims and survivors had to travel to several different locations across North County to receive a full continuum of support which could be exhausting and a barrier to getting healed. While existing service providers provide excellent services, there was little interconnectivity, and providers often operated in silos, rather than under one umbrella of victim care. For more info see https://onesafeplacenorth.org/
ABOUT THE COLLABORATIVE: The North San Diego County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative is a Program of Service of Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland in partnership with United Methodist Church of Vista. The Collaborative is a diverse group of individuals and community organizations committed to eliminate human trafficking and modern day slavery. Our mission is to raise awareness of human trafficking, provide a platform to share information, improve services, educate ourselves and the public, and advocate for policy and legislation related to human trafficking. Our Collaborative Meetings are held bi-monthly on the first Thursday of the month from 9 am to 10:30 am in the Church’s Fellowship Hall (lower level) at 490 S. Melrose Drive, Vista. Admission is free and all are welcome. Complimentary coffee and pastries are be available.