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DA O’Malley launches HEAT Institute Statewide hearings in San Diego

San Diego, CA — Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today announced the launch and first Regional Information Summit of the H.E.A.T. Institute. The Institute is a newly created, California research-based think-tank committed to ending all forms of human trafficking in California. A Blue Ribbon Commission comprised of a broad base of statewide leaders has been created to learn from professionals, service providers and survivors of sex trafficking throughout California.

Six Regional Information Summits will convene over the coming six months to gather information on how California’s diverse communities are responding to human trafficking. The Commissioners will then review the gaps and challenges in responses and services, as well as identify best and promising practices.

Following the initial Regional Information Summit in San Diego, the H.E.A.T. Institute Commission will convene additional summits in Los Angeles, Orange County (San Bernadino and Riverside), Central Valley (Frenso), North East California (Sacramento) and the Bay Area.

In February, 2015, District Attorney O’Malley was presented with the prestigious James Irving Foundation Leadership Award for her work in combating human trafficking. The Award included funding to further that work and with those funds, DA O'Malley created the H.E.A.T. Institute.

DA Nancy O'Malley gives welcoming remarks at the Inaugural H.E.A.T. Institute Regional Information Summit in San Diego, CA. The event is cosponsored by the San Diego County District Attorney's Office, flanked by San Diego County DA Bonnie Dumanis (second from left).

“Three of the nation’s 13 high intensity child sex trafficking areas are in California,” explains DA O’Malley. “Phase I of the H.E.A.T. Institute is bringing together county leaders, child welfare, education, law enforcement, criminal justice, health, the nonprofit sector, and survivor voices, to be part of a Blue Ribbon Commission. We will focus on regional responses to and understanding of the commercial sexual exploitation of children and other victims of human trafficking. We will assess our strengths, gaps and needs in order to develop a visionary strategy to put an end to this criminal enterprise of pandemic proportion.”

San Diego’s Summit is co-hosted by San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. “Human Trafficking impacts all of us in California, which is ranked in the top four destination spots for this increasing crime,” DA Dumanis said. “The Blue Ribbon Commission’s work to see what’s working in other jurisdictions to fight human trafficking will help all of law enforcement combat this ongoing threat to the young girls and boys who become victims.”

“Human trafficking is a tough issue to talk about, but we’re working hard to bring it out of the shadows. It’s hard to believe this form of modern-day slavery is going on right here in our region and state,” states San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, a champion in the fight to end human trafficking.

The Blue Ribbon Commission will hear from several panels of experts from San Diego and Imperial Counties. At the conclusion of the Regional Information Summits, the H.E.A.T. Institute Commission will produce a comprehensive blueprint that will enable cities and counties throughout all of California to effectively and collaboratively respond to human trafficking, as well as strategies for preventing human trafficking in California and across the nation.

For additional information, please view the press packet.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015