WCST's Santa's Workshop on December 20th was huge success. We were able to provide gifts for 71 clients including our shelter residents, 46 of the recipients were children. What a wonderful opportunity to see smiles on the faces of those we serve. WCST is grateful for being selected as the recipient of the KTVL Community Toy Drive. Thank you to The Grange and Wendy's in Grants Pass for participating!
Our local Mudslinger team participated in their yearly 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race, which takes place in Bend, Oregon. They took first place and was granted the opportunity to donate the proceeds of their division which was made up of 5 officers of multiple agencies including Oregon State Police, Medford Police, Oregon Youth Authority and Community Corrections. Women's Crisis Support Team received $425. Thank you so much!
Grants Pass public safety levy passes easily
By Troy Shinn of the Daily Courier
With all 13 precincts reporting, the unofficial election results are in. The Grants Pass supplemental public safety levy — the lone item up for vote on the November ballot — has overwhelmingly passed.
Local officials say this acts as a vote of confidence by Grants Pass residents in the work of the Department of Public Safety.
The levy received 5,623 votes in favor (71 percent) and 2,292 votes against (29 percent).
Look for a full story in today's edition of the Daily Courier and online at thedailycourier.com.
UPDATE: We are almost there! $6500 left to match AllCare Health's match pledge of $42,000. Thank you to all who have donated to this campaign!
Position Title: Prevention Educator
Hours: 40 Hrs a week Mon-Fri with occasional evenings or weekends
Supervisor: Prevention Program Coordinator
Wage: DOE + Benefits (Health, PTO, Life Insurance) Exempt position
Position Summary: This position works primarily with young men and women in area high schools. The focus is men's engagement in violence prevention, mentorship of young men, and promotion of prevention strategies that encourage young men to take an active role in preventing violence. The Prevention Educator will be part of our Prevention Team whose primary duties will be the development, enhancement, and delivery of prevention curricula to area youth and promotion of community building strategies to suppress intimate partner violence. As a member of the Prevention Team, the Prevention Educator will also be responsible for organizing community outreach events in support of the WCST, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Finally, the member will assist in WCST volunteer outreach, public speaking engagements, development and maintenance of community partnerships, and trainings.
Essential Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to):
The Violence Prevention Educator position will require working knowledge of computer usage including the use of Microsoft Office components, e-mail, and internet technologies. Use of PowerPoint and presentation technologies, including projectors and sound equipment is encouraged.
Statement of Confidentiality
Candidate must agree, in writing, to maintain confidentiality of students/survivors and agency at all times.
Criminal History Background Check Required
Candidate must consent to a criminal history background check.
Compliance with Policies
Candidate must comply with WCST policies, procedures and safety regulations as communicated in writing and verbally by their supervisor.
Valid Driver’s License, successful completion of a background investigation, and must be eligible to be an insured driver and have reliable transportation.
Safety Considerations: Some travel may be required.
The Women’s Crisis Support Team strives for a free and open hiring process, and does not discriminate on the basis of cultural affiliation, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, gender, physical ability, national origin, religious or political belief.
To apply, please visit our website: www.wcstjoco.org to download the application. Please submit a cover letter, resume and completed application to our mailing address:
WCST Attn: HR
560-A NE F St. #430
Grants Pass, OR 97526
This position is open until filled, initial application review will be July 5, 2017.
NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH, 2017
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Our Nation wrestled with the issue of slavery in a way that nearly tore us apart -- its fundamental notion in direct contradiction with our founding premise that we are all created equal. The courageous individuals who rejected such cruelty helped us overcome one of the most painful chapters in our history as we worked to realize the promise of equality and justice for all. But today, in too many places around the world -- including right here in the United States -- the injustice of modern slavery and human trafficking still tears at our social fabric. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we resolve to shine a light on every dark corner where human trafficking still threatens the basic rights and freedoms of others.
From factories and brothels to farms and mines, millions of men, women, and children in the United States and around the world are exploited for their bodies and their labor. Whether through violence, deceit, or the promises of a better life, some of the most vulnerable populations among us -- including migrants and refugees fleeing conflict or disaster, homeless LGBT youth, Alaska Native and American Indian women and girls, and children in poverty -- are preyed upon by human traffickers. In order to rid the world of modern slavery we must do everything in our power to combat these violations of human decency.
The United States has pursued efforts to address these crimes and lift up individuals who have suffered unspeakable abuse at the hands of traffickers. Through the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, we have joined with the private sector, faith communities, law enforcement, and advocates to coordinate efforts to prevent trafficking and protect victims. Focusing on an agenda that prioritizes victim services, the rule of law, procurement of supplies, and increasing public awareness, the Task Force has strengthened Federal efforts to end human trafficking. In 2012, I issued an Executive Order to strengthen protections against human trafficking in Federal contracting, and nearly a year ago, I signed legislation that strengthened our ability to prevent products made with forced labor, including child labor, from entering American markets.
We must address the consequences of human trafficking and work to tackle its root causes. This past fiscal year, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice provided more than $60 million to community-based organizations and task forces to assist human trafficking victims, and since the beginning of my Administration, we have nearly tripled the number of victims connected to services.The Department of Homeland Security has also taken steps to streamline immigration procedures for trafficking victims and ensure their regulations are consistent with existing law. And through new Victims of Crime Act regulations, Federal funds can now be used to help human trafficking victims with their housing. Through the White House Council on Women and Girls, we have worked to address the sexual abuse-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects those especially vulnerable to sex trafficking -- including young women and girls of color. And the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking -- comprised of 11 human trafficking survivors of diverse backgrounds and experiences -- recently released its first set of recommendations for combating human trafficking while keeping survivor perspectives in mind.
Every action we take at home, from the clothing we wear to the food we eat, is connected to what happens around the world. As a Nation, we have worked to address the problem of forced labor in our supply chains, and as individuals, we must strive to be conscientious consumers. Working with our friends and allies, we have made this issue an international priority. Just this year we used multilateral fora, including the North American Leaders Summit, the East Asia Summit, and the United Nations, to raise awareness and work with partners around the globe. In addition to urging other countries to develop and expand their anti-trafficking laws and services for victims, we are also stepping up our foreign assistance in this area. Working alongside the international community, we have seen significant increases in trafficking prosecutions and convictions, and we have made great strides in supporting victims.
As leaders in the global undertaking to end the exploitation of human beings for profit, we must always remember that our freedom is bound to the freedom of others. This month, let us find inspiration in America's progress toward justice, opportunity, and prosperity for all and reaffirm our pledge to continue fighting for human rights around the world.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2017 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1. I call upon businesses, national and community organizations, families, and all Americans to recognize the vital role we must play in ending all forms of slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.