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Local Task Force Hosts Trafficking Summit

The San Joaquin County Human Trafficking Task Force in collaboration with the San Joaquin County Office of Education will host the Fifth Annual Human Trafficking End It Summit on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is a free virtual event, although donations of $20 are encouraged. Checks can be made payable to Children’s Home of Stockton and mailed to 430 N. Pilgrim St., Stockton, CA 95205 with the memo: “5th Annual SJC End It Summit”.

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This year’s keynote presentation is a documentary performance called, The True Cost: Stories of Human Trafficking.

The words are transcribed from interviews with real victims, service workers, and others by Chicago playwright Jenny Magnus. Following the 50-minute presentation, a panel discussion with experts from the area will be facilitated.

This presentation is made possible by Still Point Theatre Collective, which has been producing professional plays on matters of social justice as well as conducting outreach programs in prisons, elderly homes and with adults with developmental disabilities in Chicago and internationally for over 25 years.

The END IT Summit is an opportunity to highlight accomplishments achieved by the San Joaquin County Human Trafficking Task Force over the past year and share the critical goals for the upcoming year. Additionally, participants will hear from some of the county’s top agencies during a panel discussion and insight on how to be a part of the communities’ effort to respond to and eliminate human trafficking.

Joelle Gomez, Task Force Chair, encourages the community to participate in this critical event.

“Coming together as a community and attending the End IT Summit underscores that it is no longer an option to do nothing. With increased advocacy and education we can help bring rescue, protection and restoration for many survivors and those at risk of being lured into this dark world,” Gomez said.

The San Joaquin County Human Trafficking Task Force was established in 2014 and now has over 40 local government and non-government agencies, including Children’s Home of Stockton, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Community Medical Centers, Human Services Agency/Children’s Services, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Stockton Police Department, San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office, Probation, Victim Witness, and Women’s Center-YFS.

For sponsorship opportunities or questions, contact Gomez at