BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and this morning, we went farther than ever before to discuss the issue.
Joining 23ABC Live from Falkirk, Scotland this morning was Jennifer Jensen with Global Family and The Daughter Project to discuss how this Bakersfield-born endeavor made its way across seas.
Global Family is an organization in Kern County that helps fight human trafficking. Since their start, they've now traveled all over the globe building awareness and training.
Jensen said they started in Kern County working with groups like Teen Challenge and local churches, launching "Kids Clubs", community outreach, and drug awareness programs.
In 1999, the group moved to the Himalayas of North India to pursue our passion for children in need. After eight years in India, Global Family moved to Kathmandu, Nepal where they launched the Daughter Project to start community strengthening and girls' empowerment programs, intervention shelters to restore victims of trafficking with their families, and outreach to young ladies working in the brothels including counseling and training in positive employment.
Jensen is now in Scotland where the group has launched the St. James Research Centre (SJRC) to provide best practice training and resources to practitioners in anti-modern slavery intervention implementation, community strengthening, and non-profit management and governance.