Tuesday, January 27, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Money raised to help combat human trafficking in Solano County

wooden valley benefit 6_1_14

Children's Nurturing Project volunteer Rebecca McDonald, left, puts face paint on Symantha Santos, center, of Rodeo, at a benefit for that organization at Wooden Valley Winery, Sunday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

By
From page A3 | June 02, 2014 |

SUISUN VALLEY — Leadership Today drew hundreds of people to its weekend fundraising event, “Living in the Shadows,” at the Wooden Valley Winery in Suisun Valley, Sunday.

The fundraiser is to help bring awareness to human trafficking in Solano County. The money raised goes to The Children’s Nurturing Project.

Leadership Today is a 10-month program which brings together local business leaders who take the program to gain knowledge on leadership and helping the community. Participants are broken into groups and are asked to work on nonprofit projects. The Children’s Nurturing Project was introduced by Debbi Davis, R.N., founder of the project. The groups voted to chose Children’s Nurturing Project as their project.

Davis worked as a registered nurse for NorthBay Neonatal for many years.

“I saw babies going home from the hospital to home situations that were just . . . bad,” said Davis.

She gathered together like-minded people who saw a need in the community to help the youngest victims of childhood abuse and neglect.

“We have social workers, educators, nurses, medical professionals and law enforcement helping us bring awareness and educate people,” Davis said.

One of the biggest issues that they have begun addressing is human trafficking, which is not just adults who find themselves in trouble, but also young people from 12 to 14 years old, she said.

“Sometimes these young girls are kidnapped or they are sold as prostitutes by family members,” said Tracy Ellison, conservation project coordinator for Solano Land Trust and a partner of the Children’s Nurturing Project.

“It is not just in the bigger cities, it’s here in Solano County. But people don’t talk about it, people don’t see it,” she said.

The Vacaville and Suisun City chambers of commerce, along with law enforcement, are working together to help combat this rising crime against children.

The project looks to shed light on this problem by talking to schools, law enforcement and other entities about helping these victims in the community find a way out of their plight.

Davis and Ellison have talked to various local groups to help educate people on this issue. Part of the money raised is going to help them continue their efforts to bring awareness to the community.

“We want to use part of the money to hire a couple of girls who have escaped this life, and are able to talk about it with others to bring awareness,” Ellison said. “This is not about criminals, but about victims.”

“One of the problems for law enforcement is that we just don’t see it here in the area enough to recognize that the person who is a prostitute is actually somebody that needs help, not jail,” said Fairfield Police Officer Chad Tigert. “A lot of these (girls) are really young kids. They don’t have family, they get snatched from the street and pimped out with no hope of escaping.

“What’s good about this project is they are trying to bring resources to the community. We want these victims to get the help they need.”

Over the past 24 hours, the project has raised $50,000, part of that money comes from local businesses like Ford Fairfield, which raised $20,000 including money raised over Memorial Day Weekend.

“Last weekend for every car sold, we gave a $100 to the project. We sold 94 cars and raised $9,400,” said Allie Maddux, of the Ford dealership.

“When this human trafficking issue was brought to our attention, we were shocked. How can that happen here? But we wanted to help as best we could,” Maddux said.

“We don’t want this to just be a fundraising project, we want this to be part of the solution for this problem,” Davis said.

For more information on Children’s Nurturing Project, go to www.childrensnurturingproject.org. For more information on human trafficking, visit www.TraffickingResourceCenter.org.

If you are a victim and need help, call 888-373-7888. It is toll-free and open 24 hours a day.

Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or shiland@dailyrepublic.net.

Susan Hiland

Susan Hiland

Susan graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon with a B.A. in Communications. She has eight years experience working for newspapers in Nebraska.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 3 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • 2realJune 02, 2014 - 6:11 am

    This is sad. But im just wondering, is it only girls that get put in traffic Because even though its probably 98% to 2% im pretty sure its a two way street.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • KUDOS TO FAIRFIELD FORD!!June 02, 2014 - 6:52 am

    Educating the public, lawmakers and the legal system about this issue is urgent. This IS a problem, in Solano County NOW. The predators target mostly minor girls, although any human that can make them money will do. They initially make the kids, usually from unstable homes where they are not getting any love or attention, feel special operating as most pedophiles do, lavishing attention and gifts on the child to gain trust and loyalty. Soon this turns to control through abuse and fear. They isolate the children from family and soon the child sees no way to escape. The work Children's Nurturing Project is doing is very courageous. The pimps who market the children are often gang members and hardened criminal sociopaths. They view these children as their property and their livelihood. Thank you Ford of Fairfield! Your support will go a long way towards helping these victims.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Susie Q.June 02, 2014 - 11:49 am

    So sad!! Lots of foster care girls are sucked into this world and never spit back out. Glad it is coming to the fore front in Solano.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

 
Health officials report 1st Solano flu death

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1, 5 Comments | Gallery

 
 
 
American Legion Post schedules head-shaving fundraiser

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A6

Rush Ranch seeks docents

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A2

 
Dramas, thrillers lead week’s box office openings

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B6

Vacaville Toastmasters welcome guests

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6

 
Kroc Health Fair offers free screenings

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1

 
Chipotle fundraiser to benefit Armijo newspaper

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

Vacaville council eyes earlier start time

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page:

 
.

US / World

Facebook suffers outage affecting users worldwide

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Private wells in California farm area show high uranium

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Ex-Army prosecutor found guilty of rape at court-martial

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Law enforcement wants popular police-tracking app disabled

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Gov’t to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Cuban youth build secret computer network despite Wi-Fi ban

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Seekers of the Hollywood Sign disrupt nearby neighborhood

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
2 small planes crash-land off Hawaii; all aboard survive

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Report: State worker sent alarming notes before gun arrest

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Panic attack, bad back: Theater shooting brings jury excuses

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Lawyer: Boy Scout files depict ‘sordid’ history of abuse

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2, 1 Comment | Gallery

New Jersey’s Christie launches political action committee

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
US drone strikes resume in Yemen despite turmoil

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Monster snowstorm swirls into densely populated Northeast US

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Kurds celebrate ousting Islamic State fighters from Kobani

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Man takes responsibility for drone over White House

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
.

Opinion

2 sides to state highways rehab backlog

By Dan Walters | From Page: A11, 9 Comments

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Jan. 27, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
.

Entertainment

Petty earns writing credit for Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering begins in northeast Nevada

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Trainor and Styles write a duet about heartbreak

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Emma Watson to star in live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
SAG Awards win sends ‘Birdman’ Oscar hopes soaring

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Cumberbatch says sorry for calling black actors ‘colored’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
A murder at the edge of the world takes ‘Fortitude’ to crack

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Lawyers: Melissa Rivers files lawsuit in mother Joan’s death

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Sundance Watch: ‘Cobain’ premieres, women talk Hollywood

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

TVGrid Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
.

Sports

Manfred knows he’ll get hit as commish _ his name is on ball

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
NASCAR to leave championship format unchanged in 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Tim Brown hopes 6th time is charm in Hall of Fame vote

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Raiders sign Charles Woodson for 2015 season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Rams notify St. Louis they’ll go year-to-year on dome lease

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Gamecocks still No. 1; Chattanooga joins women’s hoops poll

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Scott Dixon shines in masterful final drive in Rolex win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
LeBron, Cavs climb in standings, back in title conversation

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Capitals among East contenders; West race too tight to call

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Playoff not interested in moving semis of New Year’s Eve

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Fireworks help celebrate Venus Williams’ Australian Open run

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
US women to host New Zealand, Ireland, Mexico, South Korea

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

NBA D-League All-Star events set for Feb. 15 in Brooklyn

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
AP Source: Los Angeles Kings release Mike Richards

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Hope Solo could be left off US World Cup roster

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
.

Business

Employers: Agreement made on key issue in port labor dispute

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Lyft cars doing away with pink furry mustache

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Hard Rock (again) dips toe into Atlantic City casino market

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

US stock market finishes with small gains

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
IBM disputes report that big layoffs coming

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Union says California Kaiser nurses reach contract agreement

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Boeing, SpaceX will beat Russia on price for astronaut rides

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Eurozone looks for dialogue after stunning Greece elections

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

S&P downgrades Russia credit rating to junk

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Obituaries

Donald Wesley Johnson

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Rose is Rose Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Get Fuzzy Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Beetle Bailey Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
B.C. Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Cryptoquote Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
For Better or Worse Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Dilbert Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Bridge Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Garfield Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Crossword Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baby Blues Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Pickles Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sally Forth Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baldo Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Wizard of Id Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Word Sleuth Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Frank and Ernest Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Sudoku Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Blondie Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Peanuts Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4