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Progressive Transitions, an Alameda County Court Diversion Program

 

Dear Ones,

Below is a note from a member, Adrienne Elenteny, who is being recognized for her humanitarian efforts at this  project, “Progressive Transitions”, for young women who have been arrested for solicitations.

I’d love for a group of us from Skyline to go to the event to support her. Let me know if you’re interested!

Blessings – Laurie

Dear Friends,

I am reaching out to you regarding an upcoming event in November which supports an Alameda County Court Diversion Program called Progressive Transition(s).  The program is available for 18+ year-olds, who have been arrested for solicitation.

On September 26, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed important legislation decriminalizing prostitution for minors.   SB 1322 prohibits the arrest of people under the age of 18 for soliciting which effectively shields those young people from criminal penalties.   Progressive Transition(s) offers an alternative to a criminal conviction to young women who are 18 or older, in recognition that these young people began as commercially exploited children.

Many of the participants and graduates of Progressive Transition(s) were “groomed” starting at an early age in what Ms. La Toya Gix, an advocate at the Alameda County District Attorney’s office described as the “Ho-ho’s to heels” pipeline.    Meaning that Ms. Gix got gifts of sweets when she was a youngster and shoes as she grew older.   She equated these gifts as her exploiter’s love for her.  (KQED Radio: Forum, August 4, 2016)

Progressive Transition(s) offers these young people the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs including educational, vocational, mental health counseling and health services as a substitute to a criminal conviction.   Please see this link to the program and watch the video on the webpage for more information.

The funding for Progressive Transition(s) has been donation based, so your help would be invaluable to offering a different path to this vulnerable population.  The Gala includes great music, food and dancing and will make for a super fun Saturday night.

If you represent, or know of, an agency, organization, business or individual that you think might be interested in supporting the Gala or Progressive Transition(s) please let us know.   There will be community leaders from the courts, city/county agencies and businesses.   Sponsorship opportunities and organization recognition are available by contacting Alex Arteaga (aarteaga@progressivetransitions.org).

Look forward to seeing you there!

November 5, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.,

Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street,

Oakland, CA 94609

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