Decade after decade, the inspirational service and advocacy of Junior League volunteers not only has helped bring about many of the privileges we now take for granted—from free school lunches to domestic violence shelters and clean water—but has shaped the way people think about serving their local communities, their nations and the world.
The Junior League of San Diego is committed to serving the needs of women and youth in the San Diego community through effective legislative and community advocacy efforts. JLSD carefully evaluates the biggest areas of need in our community and focuses our efforts on issues where we believe we can make an impact. In addition to providing trained volunteers to our community partners, we take action on state issues that affect our projects and focus areas. Relating to such issues, we educate our members as well as the San Diego community while fostering collaboration and communication with community partners.
The Junior League of San Diego represents its members in the state public policy arena, with emphasis on efforts to do the following:
- Collaborate with and support community partners that work to provide services to the transition age foster youth (TAY) population and Victims of human trafficking
- Assist legislative and other government or private bodies in the development of laws and policies affecting TAY and those affected by Human Trafficking
- Promote accessibility to affordable and stable housing to San Diego’s TAY population
- Support public policy that protects TAY and victims of Human Trafficking
Transition Age Foster Youth (TAY)
In San Diego County, approximately 300 youth, ranging in age from 16-24, age out of the foster system each year with very few resources available to them. Within 2-4 years of aging-out:
- 50% are unemployed
- 25% are incarcerated
- 49% are homeless
- and only 3% graduate from college.
In an effort to make a lasting impact, JLSD works to create and implement programming, offer new resources, and collaborate with TAY service providers in order to improve the opportunities available to our local TAY population.
According to a recent study published by researchers at Point Loma Nazarene University and the University of San Diego, and funded by the National Institute of Justice, human trafficking is San Diego’s 2nd largest underground economy after drug trafficking – and constituted approximately $810M in revenue in 2013. See PDF
- The average age of entry into sex trafficking is 16 years old.
- The average victim is trafficked for about three years before coming into contact with law enforcement
- San Diego is ranked by the FBI as one of the nation’s highest areas of commercially sexually exploited children See PDF
- There are approximately 110 gangs involved in human trafficking in San Diego
JLSD is an active member of the San Diego County Human Trafficking Task Force which strives to take a collaborative, cross-cutting effort on anti-human trafficking efforts in San Diego County. They frequently attend the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition meetings and partner with San Diego Youth Services – Surviving Together, Achieving and Reaching for Success (STARS) which provides support to empower the youth to escape sexual exploitation.
JLSD has become an effective change maker when it comes educating the community on the issues of human trafficking and supporting agencies who provide important services to survivors here in San Diego. Our Advocacy Committee and California State Public Affairs Committee (CalSPAC) delegates take the lead on these efforts on behalf of the organization at the state level. Our members have lobbied leaders at the state Capitol in Sacramento each year advocating desperately needed policy reform of our supported legislation and have even testified on behalf of local lawmakers at the state level to move important legislation forward.