By Anthony Victoria, Inland Empire Community News
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - A group of community organizers, school district officials, and residents marched through G Street in San Bernardino on Wednesday June 10 to shed light on the issue of human trafficking.
The demonstration– the second that has taken place in the city in 2015–was led by San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) Youth Services director Ray Culberson. The long time community advocate said motivation to hold demonstrations comes through the experiences of helping young girls escape prostitution. He said he is devoted to addressing the issue and bringing a long-term solution.
... At the district level, SBCUSD board member Abigail Medina mentioned there are measures to help curb human trafficking and other harmful activities that afflict youth. The district is working to implement Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) programs to help students, as well as creating a Youth Court where peers provide a support system to help at-risk students.
“We don’t want to wait until Middle School or High School, and wait until they get negative support from outside,” Medina explained. “We want to make sure we figure out ways to support them within school sites.”
Moreover, Medina believes marches is just the beginning of a strategic plan that aims to engage with victims and residents on a more personal basis.
“This is a good way to take a stand,” she said. “However, we need to meet up with victims and neighborhood residents to find out first hand what they are experiencing.”
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