Nonprofit of the month: Women Against Child Trafficking

For the March nonprofit of the month we are featuring the Women Against Child Trafficking organizati...

For the March nonprofit of the month we are featuring the Women Against Child Trafficking organization. This group is incredibly active in the community and continually working to raise awareness for their under recognized cause.

Their mission is dedicated to the safety and well being of children who have been victims of human trafficking.

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What is human trafficking? Human trafficking is essentially a modern day form of slavery, in which young teens ages 12 to 15 are being kidnapped and sold.

The hardest part to believe is that these horrific crimes are happening daily right in Riverside County. According to the U.S. Department of Justice an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked each year, with the number continuing to grow.

Human trafficking is a $33 billion-a-year industry, rivaling drug and arms trafficking for the most profitable criminal enterprise.

How did WACT start? Current Program Director, Darlene Tarnoski, learned about human trafficking and subsequently how little help there is for the young victims after they are recovered and immediately got involved.

What WACT does: Women Against Child Trafficking provides many important services with their primary goal being to help youth in crisis, who are ultimately the victims of child trafficking, to recover from their ordeal.

Through donations this non-profit is able to offer weekly support to youth shelters that house the victims after they have been recovered and work to place them in safe and rehabilitating environments.

What else is being done? WACT works with many organizations to raise public awareness and support concerning human trafficking. They also collaborate with the Sheriff’s Department and the FBI providing support and resources, and act as a member on the Riverside County Against Human Trafficking.

The organization voices, “If we can stop the people who are exploiting the children and raise awareness to young teens, we can make a big difference.”

How you can help: Donations are always needed to create Dignity Bags for the victims. Each kit includes clothing, toiletries, bottled water, sustenance, and a “tell-me-doll” for comfort.

The involvement of WACT in national and local networking groups has made people more aware and on the lookout for victims and predators. They have effectively integrated networking into spreading awareness and collecting donations all for the sake of innocent victims.

Women Against Child Trafficking (WACT)
Contact: Darlene Tarnoski, Program Director
Phone: (951) 440-6330