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October 26, 2013
Christine Caine, co-founder of an organization that aims to prevent human trafficking by educating potential victims, will speak as part of Mariners Christian School's annual golf tournament Monday. Caine will speak at 11 a.m., during the Ladies Luncheon portion of the event, which benefits financial aid for students, at the Newport Beach Country Club. Caine founded the A21 Campaign, which is based in Costa Mesa, with her husband, Nick Caine. The organization also partners with law enforcement and community members to assist victims of human trafficking, according to a news release.
NEWS
By Elizabeth Moreno | December 26, 2013
Human trafficking in America has dramatically increased over the past decades. More American girls and young women are being trafficked within the U.S. now than ever. The U.S. State Department has indicated that up to 17,000 people annually are trafficked into the U.S. from overseas and enslaved. The victims come from Africa, Asia, India, China, Latin America and the former Soviet republics. American citizens are also becoming victims of human trafficking, and many, particularly American adolescents, are kidnapped from their home states or picked up after running away from home.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | May 5, 2011
According to the United Nations, 2.5 million people are trafficked around the world from 127 countries. "The Whistleblower," which screened May 2 and 4 for the Newport Beach Film Festival, examines modern-day slavery in postwar Bosnia from the perspective of an American U.N. peacekeeper. The film is based on the true story of Kathryn Bolkovac while working under private military contractor Dyncorp (called Democra in the film). Bolkovac, a police officer lured by pay and the idea of taking time off with her daughter, comes to Bosnia to help transition the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | October 10, 2013
In July, a Saudi Arabian national, Princess Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested by authorities in Orange County after one of her maids complained of being held against her will. The maid, a 30-year-old Kenyan woman, had been hired by the family in her native country the year before and brought to the United States. She claimed that her passport had been taken upon arrival, that she was expected to work "around the clock" and that her earnings were a paultry $200 per month. Managing to leave the Irvine condo, she got on a bus and explained her plight to a stranger, who then helped direct her to authorities.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 7, 2013
The Orange County district attorney's office is taking a stand against human exploitation and trafficking at the first "Keep Calm and Beat H.E.A.T" rally and concert from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. The event will be held at Twila Reid Park in Anaheim, less than a mile from Beach Boulevard and Ball Road, a "high-prostitution area," according to the district attorney's website, citing reports from law enforcement officers. Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff for Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas Jr., said the rally is part of his crackdown on such abuses.
NEWS
June 7, 2005
Michael Miller For most students, a Fulbright scholarship is a chance to travel abroad for the first time. For Tatyana Martell, it's more like a homecoming. Last summer, the Armenian-born UC Irvine student interned at the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania, the country where she spent much of her childhood. While working for the State Department, Martell read reports about one of the worst crises facing the former Soviet Union: human trafficking. Hearing accounts of young women being bartered and sold in the economically depressed countries, Martell vowed to dedicate the next phase of her life to researching -- and, possibly, fighting -- the illicit trade.
LOCAL
By Candice Baker | October 9, 2009
When many people think of human trafficking, they picture anonymous faces in far-off countries, Rep. Loretta Sanchez said Friday. “When you think it’s not here, it can be in the house next door to you, and you don’t even know it’s going on. But we’re going to work to eradicate it,” said Sanchez (D-Garden Grove). She spoke at a town hall meeting on the issue at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa to a crowd of stakeholders, clergy, students and interested community members.
LOCAL
By Jim DeBoom | January 12, 2010
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church has been selected to preview a new video on human trafficking “At the End of Slavery: The Battle for Justice in Our Time,” and the public is invited to attend, according to Laura Weber, community outreach director at St. Andrews. The preview will take place at 5:30 tonight with dinner, a viewing of the new film at 6:45 and presentations by Howard Eisenberg, a retired Newport Beach police officer and head of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, and a testimonial by a human trafficking victim who was rescued locally.
NEWS
By James P. Gray | February 27, 2010
There is no question that the United Nations has become enormously political and petty. But it still offers some hope for addressing and even resolving some disputes around the world, and it should be allowed to continue to exist — if only to keep that hope alive. One of the best ways for the U.N. to regain some positive status would be to find, focus upon and work to resolve a serious problem in the world, and it would be more likely to be successful if the actions that spawned that problem were condemned by every government in the world.
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By Elizabeth Moreno | December 26, 2013
Human trafficking in America has dramatically increased over the past decades. More American girls and young women are being trafficked within the U.S. now than ever. The U.S. State Department has indicated that up to 17,000 people annually are trafficked into the U.S. from overseas and enslaved. The victims come from Africa, Asia, India, China, Latin America and the former Soviet republics. American citizens are also becoming victims of human trafficking, and many, particularly American adolescents, are kidnapped from their home states or picked up after running away from home.
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NEWS
October 26, 2013
Christine Caine, co-founder of an organization that aims to prevent human trafficking by educating potential victims, will speak as part of Mariners Christian School's annual golf tournament Monday. Caine will speak at 11 a.m., during the Ladies Luncheon portion of the event, which benefits financial aid for students, at the Newport Beach Country Club. Caine founded the A21 Campaign, which is based in Costa Mesa, with her husband, Nick Caine. The organization also partners with law enforcement and community members to assist victims of human trafficking, according to a news release.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | October 10, 2013
In July, a Saudi Arabian national, Princess Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested by authorities in Orange County after one of her maids complained of being held against her will. The maid, a 30-year-old Kenyan woman, had been hired by the family in her native country the year before and brought to the United States. She claimed that her passport had been taken upon arrival, that she was expected to work "around the clock" and that her earnings were a paultry $200 per month. Managing to leave the Irvine condo, she got on a bus and explained her plight to a stranger, who then helped direct her to authorities.
OCNOW
By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times | October 2, 2013
The stocky man with a goatee walks across the darkened parking lot of the motel and bangs on the door to Room 156. Greg Reese rehearses his lines. The door opens. The girl inside is wearing black lingerie and looks like she did in the online ad that caught his eye - a teenager using the name Candy Green in a bathtub filled with bubbles. "Ready to have some fun," it promised. The girl is all business: $100 for a date, she says, standing in the room with bright blue carpeting and crumpled white sheets.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 7, 2013
The Orange County district attorney's office is taking a stand against human exploitation and trafficking at the first "Keep Calm and Beat H.E.A.T" rally and concert from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. The event will be held at Twila Reid Park in Anaheim, less than a mile from Beach Boulevard and Ball Road, a "high-prostitution area," according to the district attorney's website, citing reports from law enforcement officers. Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff for Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas Jr., said the rally is part of his crackdown on such abuses.
NEWS
By Paloma Esquivel | July 29, 2013
A Saudi royal princess did not appear in court Monday on human trafficking charges, drawing a rebuke from an Orange County judge who said “I expect her to be here” for future hearings. Meshael Alayban, 42, is charged with forcing a Kenyan woman to work as a domestic servant, toiling long hours for little pay. Orange County Superior Court  Judge Gerald Johnston said he was concerned that the princess did not show up in court, but could not find anything in the court record to indicate that her presence for the hearing had been ordered.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | December 20, 2011
COSTA MESA — The room could have passed for Santa's Workshop. Bright red stockings stuffed with goodies and neatly stacked presents of all sizes, many with bright ribbons, were piled high in the nursing building at Vanguard University. On Monday, some presents were receiving final touches before being sent across Orange County and beyond. Like all holiday gifts, they were destined for someone special. Labeled with numbers to protect the recipients, the gifts will be distributed to families where at least one member is a victim of human trafficking.
NEWS
May 6, 2011
UC Irvine will host the eighth annual Women's Journey Conference on Saturday, a day full of inspirational speeches by leading women. Rep. Loretta Sánchez will lead a discussion on female empowerment, speaking with at-risk girls about issues she's faced, such as pay discrimination, human trafficking, sexual assault in the military and reproductive liberties. All proceeds from the conference go to fund the conference's Self-Esteem Program for at-risk girls. "For me, self-belief was learned over time, and I was fortunate in that, when I was encouraged to try things, I often succeeded," Sánchez said in her book "Dream in Color: How the Sánchez Sisters Are Making History in Congress," according to a press release.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | May 5, 2011
According to the United Nations, 2.5 million people are trafficked around the world from 127 countries. "The Whistleblower," which screened May 2 and 4 for the Newport Beach Film Festival, examines modern-day slavery in postwar Bosnia from the perspective of an American U.N. peacekeeper. The film is based on the true story of Kathryn Bolkovac while working under private military contractor Dyncorp (called Democra in the film). Bolkovac, a police officer lured by pay and the idea of taking time off with her daughter, comes to Bosnia to help transition the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2011
TODAY Toastmasters Open House The Toastmasters Highway to Success Club holds a meeting for new members from 12:05 to 1 p.m. at the Caltrans offices in Irvine. The club helps its members with public speaking and leadership. Call Dorothy Morris at (949) 786-0030 for exact directions to the meeting. Business Finesse Workshop Theresa Thomas leads a workshop from noon to 2 p.m. geared to perfecting the social and entertainment aspects of conducting business deals outside an office environment.
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