Human Trafficking Panel Interview

January 17, 2020

KSBR Radio

Dawn Kamber Jazz 88.5 FM KSBR News Director is bringing attention to Human Trafficking Awareness Month in her public affairs program. Listen in as she interviews a panel from the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force featuring Lita Director, Director of Victim Assistance Programs with Waymakers, Michelle Heater, Program Director with Waymakers, Chief Jorge Cisneros with the Anaheim Police Department, and Deputy Chief Ken Gominsky with the Santa Ana Police Department.


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How to Talk to Kids About Trafficking

January 7, 2020

Parenting OC Magazine


Q: [All Ages] I want to bring up the topic of human trafficking with my kids, but I don't know how to go about it. Can you offer some advice?


A: It may seem like an unusual topic to bring up with a child, but human trafficking is a subject matter that is begging for increased awareness - even among youth. The topic can be frightening, there is no way around it. It may also be uncomfortable for parents to discuss. But with expanding technology, tracking devices and social media now in the hands of our youth, the potential risks and vulnerability to human trafficking are higher than ever before.

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Worth his weight in gold. Human trafficking support dog with arthritis needs help with therapy to continue his work.

June 20, 2019

Fox 29 Philadelphia


A California county’s first and only volunteer service dog who supports human trafficking survivors is now in need of physical therapy due to arthritis from his strenuous work helping traumatized victims.


Baxter, a 10-year-old German Shepherd, is a certified support animal for the Anaheim Police Department. Every week, the rescue dog volunteers at the courthouse in Orange County, California, supporting human trafficking survivors.


“The survivors are tense and don’t want to talk to people usually, but when Bax comes — they just have an immediate bond,” said Cheryl Timmons, who is Baxter’s owner and dog mom. “The survivors just cry and break down, hug Bax and tell him their stories.”

Each week, Baxter helps about three to eight human trafficking survivors, with their ages ranging from around 13 to 18 years old, Timmons said. Some have even cried so much that their tears soaked Baxter’s coat, but he just stands or sits still to let them love him, she said.




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