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Soroptimists fight human trafficking

VISTA — Soroptimist International of Vista invites the members of all North San Diego County communities to attend its eighth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day Program and Walk, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at downtown Vista’s New Community Church, 165 Eucalyptus Ave.

Speakers this year include, San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Wendy Jackson, whose expertise is sexual crimes and stalking; law enforcement officers from North San Diego County Sheriff’s Department; and Crystal Anthony, director of North County Lifeline’s “Project Life,” which works with the sheriff’s department and has rescued 50 victims in less than two years, and which provides follow-up services for them.

These crimes are properly titled “modern-day slavery,” the Soroptimists Club release said. Groups report seeing success in awareness and service provisions, but feel there are still other issues to bring forward including addressing the demand side and re-educating our boys and men about human rights and dignity for all.

The program is followed by a one-mile walk with concerned citizens carrying placards in show of support. For more information see or e-mail