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This month, The Alliance to End Abuse, a bureau of the Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD), is helping launch an awareness ad campaign focused on human trafficking in the restaurant, hotel and cleaning service industries.

Many of these labor victims are being abused in plain sight. The awareness ads will run on County Connection, Tri-Delta Transit and WestCAT buses throughout the month.

The FBI has identified California as one of the nation’s top destination states for trafficked persons. Contra Costa County is a natural corridor for human trafficking activities with its linkage to major metropolitan areas like Oakland and San Francisco via public transportation (BART) and its accessibility to Los Angeles and Sacramento via major highways such as 680, 80 and 5 (via Highway 4). Though human trafficking is illegal, victims often do not know where to turn for help and community members may not know where to report suspicious situations.

The Alliance to End Abuse is a member of a group of government and nongovernment agencies called the Contra Costa Human Trafficking Coalition, which includes the sheriff and district attorney offices. As part of the county’s efforts, the coalition is announcing several events throughout the month including the Board of Supervisors Awareness Proclamation on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the County Administration Building, 651 Pine St., in Martinez, which will include the release of an impact brief detailing the extent of human trafficking on a local level.

Throughout January, the Contra Costa Human Trafficking Coalition will work with local agencies to raise awareness about trafficking within the county. Multiple county leaders will be on hand. Other events throughout the month include documentary screening and trainings on human trafficking.

For a complete list of events and details, visit www.contracostacoalition.org/calendar.

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