2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
Deborah R. Johnson accepts the award on behalf of Without Permission.
The Sacramento Division honors Without Permission (WP) for its efforts to prevent human trafficking and its help supporting trafficking victims. Accepting the award on behalf of the organization is Deborah R. Johnson.
Founded in 2009 by Debbie Johnson, WP has had a significant presence in Stanislaus County in helping to prevent human trafficking and reuniting women with their families. The organization has been providing help to law enforcement and victims through education, networking with other coalitions, manpower, and financial support to combat human exploitation and trafficking.
Between 2011 and 2012, WP aided 10 victims of sex trafficking in Stanislaus County and provided networking and support to the parents of survivors. WP also provided training for approximately 200 law enforcement officers and 500 county service agency staff. During the same period, WP educated more than 10,000 youth and community members and provided training to approximately 100 high-risk girls in juvenile hall.
In 2013, WP opened Just His House, a short-term shelter for women to establish a safety plan and work through the prosecution process. While at the temporary shelter, women learn how to apply and interview for jobs as well as how to cook, clean, and take care of themselves. As part of its outreach and partnership with law enforcement, WP put together 50 Bags of Compassion—bags filled with immediate necessities (soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, etc.)—to be provided by the FBI and first responders to victims when they are recovered.