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Valley Public Radio Staff
Quality of Life
Tue June 28, 2011
On Quality of Life: Human Trafficking; Break the Barriers
Segment 1: Human Trafficking - On Monday the US State Department released a report that estimates that up to 100,000 people in the US are victims of human trafficking. They range from those working in forced labor, to women and children trapped in the world of sex trafficking. California is one of the top three states in the nation for human trafficking, according to Cal EMA. Joining us to talk about the extent of this problem in the San Joaquin Valley is Ronna L. Bright, from the group Central Valley Against Human Trafficking and the Central Valley Freedom Coalition. We’re also joined by Clint Olivier, Fresno City Council Member, who last week announced the city is hiring a new prosecutor to specialize in graffiti and prostitution crimes, with a focus on human trafficking.
Segment 2: Break the Barriers - For nearly 25 years, the Fresno based non-profit group Break the Barriers has been working to change attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities. Their highly choreographed gymnastic routines, featuring people of all different abilities have helped gain the group widespread recognition in the US and abroad, including trips to China and South Africa. In this segment we talk with co-founder & Executive Director Deby Hergenrader, and Jared Schmidt, a Break the Barriers staff member and Special Olympics International World Ambassador.