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2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Without Permission

Director Comey and Deborah R. Johnson

Deborah R. Johnson accepts the award on behalf of Without Permission.
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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.


FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
Director’s Community Leadership Awards

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 4, 2014, Director James B. Comey recognized the recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways through their hard work, their leadership, and their strength of character,” said Director Comey. “They are ordinary citizens, but what they have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award are:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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