Soroptimist’s 12th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk Set for Saturday, January 20, 2018

Contact: Kaye Van Nevel at

VISTA, California, January 5, 2018Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland invites citizens in North County San Diego to attend our 12th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day Walk, to be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Vista. The walk is one mile round trip, rain or shine.

Club members and interested citizens will gather at 1 pm at Vista’s Wave Waterpark (located at 101 Wave Drive in Vista) to hear brief announcements and speakers, including Jaimee Johnson, Peer Counselor, North County Lifeline’s Project Life, and Masayo Halpin, retired FBI Special Agent, Human Trafficking, Portland, Oregon. “Stop Human Trafficking” signs will be available for all participants, plus a limited number of t-shirts. There will be an information table at the Wave Waterpark throughout the event for attendees to find out more about how they can help us recognize and fight this form of modern day slavery that is happening in our own communities, hidden in plain sight.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month and similar events are being held throughout the county. To view photos of last year’s event, click HERE


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Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland (SI Vista/NCI) was chartered on March 23, 1953. We are a dynamic group of professional business women primarily from Vista, San Marcos and Escondido who seek to make a difference in our community through offering scholarships and grants to local charities and by raising awareness and educating the public about issues affecting women and girls, such as domestic violence and human trafficking. Funds are raised through our annual salad luncheon for the public, Football raffles, Scrip, and other group and personal projects. SI Vista/NCI holds luncheon meetings twice per month at Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista. For more information, see our website at or email us at

For over 64 years in service, we have been committed to protecting the environment, education in the fields of health, economic and social development, leadership development, fellowship and diversity. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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January Collaborative Report

Soroptimist STOP Trafficking Program

January 4, 2018 Meeting of the North County San Diego Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative

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January’s Guest Speaker: Masayo Halpin

Masayo Halpin was a Special Agent with the Portland Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for twenty years. She served as the Crimes Against Children and the Innocence Lost Task Force (ILTF) Coordinator for six years. She started the ILTF, which brought together four local law enforcement agencies and the FBI. In collaboration with the non-governmental agencies and other law enforcement agencies the focus was on services for the victims of sex trafficking. Prior to joining the FBI, Masayo was an attorney in Philadelphia, specializing in Domestic Violence.

She began her presentation with a Powerpoint presentation of basic and advanced information emphasizing the overwhelming power of the predators that seduce, provoke, and threaten young women into a life of slavery. She shared their street language and the necessity to use it herself to be…

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Masayo Halpin to Speak at January 4th Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative Meeting

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Soroptimists Donate Gift Cards to Homeless Shelter’s Kids


ABOVE: Holding gift cards (l-r) are Soroptimists Kaye Van Nevel and Lani Beltrano, and Operation HOPE’s Nicole Ketcher (Resource Development Manager) and Kathleen Higgins (Executive Director). Photo by Jackie Piro Huyck

Vista, CA, November 25, 2017 –Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland recently donated $500 worth of $25 gift cards to children in Operation Hope’s year-round shelter for homeless families. Soroptimist Lani Beltrano came up with the idea after hearing Kathleen Higgins, Project Hope’s Executive Director, speak at a recent club meeting. “I thought it would be rewarding for our club to do something special for homeless children and mothers in our community around the holidays,” said Beltrano. Since donations for toys were already plentiful, fellow Soroptimist Kaye Van Nevel, who volunteers at the shelter, came up with the idea of giving gift cards for “shoes, boots and socks” around Thanksgiving. With the Soroptimist club’s approval, Beltrano decorated a shoe box to hold donations, and passed it around at subsequent club meetings. Once the goal of $500 was met, 20 Walmart gift cards were purchased.

The gift cards were presented to the children at the shelter on Thanksgiving Eve by Beltrano, who first joked with the kids about the kinds of shoes, boots and socks they might want to buy (with props) and explained what a Soroptimist is (and how to pronounce “Soroptimist”). “We want to make sure they see this is from the good hearts of Soroptimists of Vista and North County Inland,” said Van Nevel.

Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland (SIVNCI) is a dynamic group of women who seek to make a difference in our community through offering scholarships and grants to disadvantaged women and by raising awareness and educating the public about issues affecting women and girls, such as domestic violence and human trafficking. The Club meets at 12 noon every first Friday at Shadowridge Golf Club. For more information visit
Operation H.O.P.E. is a year-round shelter in Vista 45-bed year round shelter focusing on homeless families and single women. The facility offers laundry, shower, computer banks, playground and courtyard, and conference room for Homework Club activities and adult education classes. All case management is performed on-site in order to raise client accountability and to better assist clients in progressing toward the next step in ending their homelessness. For more information visit
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Vista Unified’s Michelle Walsh Speaks at November Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting

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Michelle Walsh to Speak at Collaborative Meeting November 2nd

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Soroptimists Seek Applicants for Cash Grants, Deadline is November 15


If you meet all of the above eligibility requirements, please click here for an application and reference forms for the 2017/2018 awards program. Deadline is November 15, 2017.

Cash Grant to aid Women Seeking Financial Assistance For Educational or Training Expenses

Contact: Aleta Dirdo, 760-726-4486 and

October 13, 2017 – VISTA, CA— Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (formerly the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards). Applications are available at the Soroptimist International of Vista, North County Inland (SIVNCI) website,, or by contacting Aleta Dirdo, The application deadline is November 15.

The SIVNCI club will provide a cash grant of an amount yet to be determined to its award recipient, who will then advance to the Soroptimist Desert Coast Region level, where recipients could receive up to an additional $5,000. The program culminates with three finalist $10,000 awards.

For its 2016-2017 fiscal year, SIVNCI awarded $5,000 apiece to three local college students.

Recipients can use the Live Your Dream Award to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. This includes tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense.

The Live Your Dream Award provides more than $1.6 million in cash grants to head-of-household women in need each year. Since the program’s inception in 1972, approximately $30 million has helped tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families. A study conducted by The Fels Institute of Government, a research and consulting organization based at the University of Pennsylvania, confirmed the efficacy and impact of this program. It improves the recipients’ quality of life; builds their confidence; strengthens their self-determination and makes them want to, in turn, help others. Helping women in this way has the demonstrated effect of leading to stronger communities, nations and the world.

ABOUT Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland: Founded in 1953, the SIVNCI club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. SIVNCI members join with almost 80,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and girls. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers—an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.

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