Soroptimist International of Woodland has provided education on the prevalence and conditions of human trafficking in our communities for over a decade. Our club has co-hosted several educational presentations about human trafficking and its victims, provided our club with invaluable speakers on the topic, curated and donated several necessary items for victims, and provided education to the public.
As part of the Stop Trafficking Committee, Soroptimist International of Woodland, in partnership with Soroptimist International of Davis, has been donating “rescue backpacks” for victims of human trafficking. These backpacks contain a change of clothes (sweatshirt and pants), toiletries, small blankets, and other comfort items. Many victims come in with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Rescue backpacks give victims much needed items to which they may not have had access. Once filled, these backpacks are then donated to the emergency rooms of local hospitals, such as, Sutter Health in Davis, and Woodland Memorial Hospital, as emergency rooms are usually the first point of contact for human trafficking victims.
Backpacks and the contents are donated by community and club members during our backpack drives that are hosted by haven a boutique, a local woodland store. All items are dropped off at haven a boutique and then compiled into backpacks by the committee and club members at a backpack filling event.