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In Light of Mother’s Day: Protecting Our Girls

The article below is a guest piece by Sonoma’s own Stephanie Hiller. It is intended for mothers who want to protect their daughters, but we think that all readers can gain some insight into sexual violence, human trafficking, and more. Read on: Moms have always…


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Screening of “The Rape of Recy Taylor” in Sebastopol

The Rape of Recy Taylor A Benefit for Verity Thu, Mar 29 7pm To Purchase Tickets Click HERE Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang-raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear…


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Strong Survival: Student Documentary Film takes on Human Trafficking in Sonoma County

Santa Rosa, CA – March 5, 2018 – In August of 2016, Sonoma County Junior Human Rights Commissioner Shynie Lu began directing the documentary Strong Survival on human trafficking in Sonoma County. The 30-minute film documents local survivor and activist Maya Babow’s experiences from the ages…


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Chris Castillo, Verity’s Executive Director, wins Nonprofit Leadership Award

Chris Castillo, of Santa Rosa’s Verity, has won one of North Bay Business Journal’s Nonprofit Leadership Awards. From Chris: I want to thank you for this tremendous honor. And yet I want to say that yes I lead this organization but we would not be…


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Georgina Tello Bugarin recognized by Argus Courier

This week, Petaluma’s newspaper, the Argus Courier, highlighted the work of one of our advocates who works half-time out of the Petaluma Police Department. They love her, we love her, and her clients love her, so we are so glad her work is being recognized!…


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SRJC’s First Annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”

Verity attended, initiated, or hosted 40 different events throughout April 2017 in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness month, and we wanted to highlight one of our favorites. This event brought together over 200 people to raise awareness among the young people who need preventative education…


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Board President Cecile Focha is a Star!

We love when our all-stars are recognized for their invaluable contributions to the Sonoma County community. Cecile Focha, our President of our Board of Directors, was recently honored in this Star Seekers’ Facebook Post. “Time for another fantastic unsung heroine, today honoring Cecile Focha! Cecile is…


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Board of Directors President Cecile Focha Honored

Our own Board of Directors President, Cecile Focha, was honored by Congressman Mike Thompson as one of two Public Safety Heroes of the Year. We were excited to give the Congressman a tour of our facilities earlier this year, and we are so glad to…


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Billboards for Human Trafficking Awareness Month

  January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Sonoma County and across the United States. To help promote awareness in Sonoma County, Verity has joined with multiple Sonoma County agencies to post billboards in Santa Rosa, Cotati and Petaluma. These partners include: Crossing the Jordan Junior League…


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