The Juniper Foundation: Fighting human trafficking in our own backyard
Oct 17, 2014
Human trafficking has become one of the world’s most lucrative and despicable criminal enterprises, and the San Francisco Bay Area is a known hotspot. Because relatively little is known about the nature and scope of the problem in Silicon Valley, Juniper Networks Foundation Fund and Silicon Valley Community Foundation partnered to commission a first-of-its-kind study of human trafficking in the two-county region. The study was conducted by our Signature Partner Not For Sale, an organization working internationally in the fight against human trafficking.
Results from the report will help law enforcement, community-based organizations and local government officials understand the complexities of these crimes, and work together to bring more traffickers to justice. The study also brings critical awareness to the issue that will help drive improved services to victims, especially in the area of housing, job training and employment opportunities.
“Human trafficking is a vast global industry that generates over $150 billion in revenue annually,” said Steven Rice, executive vice president of Juniper Networks and chair of the Juniper Networks Foundation Fund. “The Juniper Foundation has been an active partner in helping to end this cycle of modern-day slavery. This report was commissioned to establish a more robust understanding of the root causes in California and the gaps in services that we, as a community, can address.”