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President's Message - January 2016
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Human trafficking a San Diego problem, a Lawyers Club initiative

Deborah Dixon, Lawyers Club President 2015-2016

January is human trafficking awareness month, the month during the year where we discuss and educate about the human trafficking issue and advocate for change. It is, however, not the only time Lawyers Club will have discussed this form of slavery. Many of our members know that two years ago the Lawyers Club Board of Directors identified the issue of human trafficking as 
a priority initiative, not only for our programming, but also for Fund for Justice charitable grant donations. We put our money where our mouth is, literally. In the past two years, Fund for Justice has granted over $11,000 to local charities combating and educating about human trafficking and its impact on San Diego.
You can help Lawyers Club give away more money to organizations that desperately need it - organizations which are literally saving lives by freeing women from the chains of the sex trade and offering survivor services, a safe home and new start. You can also help support organizations that educate the public about the signs and tricks used to recruit young girls and women. You can help support organizations that educate the community about how young girls are being kidnapped and sold into sex slavery right here in San Diego and help combat this devastating form of torture.  
Although our Fund for Justice Holiday Luncheon has concluded, we still encourage you to give to the Fund for Justice to allow Lawyers Club to continue to support organizations that directly change 
and impact lives in San Diego. Stand with us in our efforts to stop human trafficking in our neighborhoods and in our own backyard. San Diego is among the top 13 worse cities in America for human trafficking crimes, and almost 80% of those trafficked in San Diego are United States citizens. Both of those statistics are unacceptable and heartbreaking. A recent study by Dr. Carpenter and Dr. Gates from Point Loma Nazarene University about sex trafficking in San Diego concluded that the “underground sex economy represents an estimated $810 million in annual revenue.”  That number is horrific. 

The same study extrapolated that there are 8,830-11,773 victims of sex trafficking per year, right here in San Diego. Unacceptable.  More disturbing, the average age of sex trafficking victims is 15. These statistics and the continuous studies and information surrounding the tragedy of human trafficking in our community has driven Lawyers Club to create a task force and to not only become partners with organizations, but also be a leader in fighting to free women and children from these horrors.

Lawyers Club works to advance its mission through initiatives, like the Human Trafficking Task Force, the Equality Survey, Equal Pay Day, Joint Task Force on Gender Equality, and through every single program and event all year. Lawyers Club members must raise our collective voices to fight against any and all impediments to women advancing and achieving our full potential. We encourage you all to join with Lawyers Club through active participation and commitment through our committees, events and programs to help us advance our mission. We know we are making a difference, but we know we can make even more of an impact with your help.  

Deborah Dixon, President of Lawyers Club is a Senior Trial Attorney in the Complex Department at Gomez Trial Attorneys.

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