If you are a witness to or victim of

Human Trafficking, contact the

Human Trafficking Hotline:


or text

HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)

Our Kick Off Event held in May 2016:

     -      Art Exhibit: Local artists created original pieces that touched on the topic of human trafficking and were on display in 12 venues throughout downtown Redwood City for 6 weeks preceding the event

     -     “Peep” Art: “Peep” an original art piece created by Artist Jonathan Fung in a shipping container is displayed on Courthouse Square for 5 days preceding the event

     -     Student-led march: Local high school students from social justice clubs create signs and march downtown distributing information about human trafficking and extending invitations to the event

     -     Rally: A number of diverse speakers addressed the attendees: State Senator Jerry Hill, San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum, San Mateo County Assistant County Manager Mike Callagy, City of Redwood City Mayor John Seybert, Poet/Playwright/Social Justice Performer Regina Evans; Filmmaker Tony Gapastione, Artist Jonathan Fung and SMC Safe and Supportive Schools Administrator Jeneé Littrell as M.C.

     -     Survivor Art Exhibit: Art created by survivors of human trafficking was on display in the rotunda San Mateo County Historical Museum

     -     Courtroom Docket: A panel discussion takes place before a standing-room only audience takes place in historic Courtroom A, sponsored by the Cypress Lawn Foundation, and featured a panel of experts: Mike Brosnan, San Mateo County Human Trafficking Program Director; Denicia Cormier, Social Worker Supervisor with San Mateo County Children and Family Services; Catherine Egli, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinologist with Kaiser Permanente;  Poet/Playwright/Survivor Regina Evans, Poet/Playwright/Social Justice Performer; Betty Ann Hagenau, founder of BAATC, Moderator Warren Dale

     -     Dramatic Film Script Reading: Actors conducted a dramatic reading of the new short film script titled “Neighbor” written and produced by local filmmaker Tony Gapastione

     -     Local Service Organizations Represented: Local service organizations are available

     -     Fair Trade Shopping: Heavenly Treasures, a Fair Trade Federation member, offered fair trade for sale

We are grateful for our May 2016 Event Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: City of Redwood City, Peninsula Covenant Church

Gold Sponsors: Brass Act Quintet, Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC)

Silver Sponsors: Jeff Adams, County of San Mateo, Estes/Nemzek Family, Spectrum Magazine, Kaiser Permanente-Redwood City Medical Center, Georgi LaBerge, Lyngso Garden Materials, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Peter & Paula Uccelli Foundation, Undersheriff Carlos G. Bolanos Sheriff’s Youth Fund

Bronze Sponsors: Brick Monkey & Brick Monkey Squared, Mobile Mini, Peninsula Sunrise Rotary, Provident Credit Union, Sequoia Healthcare District, Simms Metal Management.

Fiscal Sponsor: Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation

BOVE Coordinators:  

Belinda Carr, Micki Carter, Georgi LaBerge, Pamela Estes