In recognition of January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, six Central Coast Rotary clubs have joined forces to present a forum about Human Trafficking on the Central Coast, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Santa Maria Inn, 801 S. Broadway.

Registration link is Entry is $25 per person.

Rotary Clubs of Santa Maria South, Santa Maria Breakfast, Nipomo, Solvang, Lompoc and Cayucos are jointly sponsoring the forum in cooperation with key non-club forum sponsors Allan Hancock College and United Way NSBC, as well as other supporting sponsors.

The forum’s goal is to increase understanding of the human trafficking issue locally, the services currently being provided, and what communities, faith and nonprofit groups can do to build awareness, prevention and resources.

The forum is designed to identify ways for local nonprofits, agencies and the public to support and enhance the efforts of County Human Trafficking Task Forces and address gaps currently not being addressed.

The forum organizing committee hopes to hold four Human Trafficking Awareness/Prevention sessions in 2023, one each quarter in a different Central Coast community.

Rotary Santa Maria South’s Lisa Long, forum chairperson, will welcome attendees and introduce Sherry Sim, Rotary District 5240 district governor nominee from the Cayucos Club, to talk about how Rotary International is addressing Human Trafficking globally.

Featured speakers in the Stats and Stories from the Frontline section of the program will be San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow, and Marianne Jackson, survivor and director, Restoration Ranch, Kern County.

Dignity’s Safe Haven program and Good Samaritan’s organization efforts to support victims will be shared by Nicole Moses, Good Samaritan representative and Safe Haven patient advocate.

Santa Barbara pediatrician Dr. Kristen A. Hughes, will address children’s Online Vulnerabilities.

A panel on Interfaces and Integration will include Jeff Shaffer, pastor and Santa Barbara County Human Trafficking Task Force member; Ellen Torres, survivor and prevention activist; Yleana Anda, Santa Barbara County Victim’s Witness Program; and Rebekah Spicuglia, executive director, One Community Action.

Rotary International hosts a worldwide action group against Slavery and Human Trafficking, with an online toolkit for Rotary clubs. Rotary’s End Human Trafficking webpage offers a victim help line and tips for spotting potential victims.