Join US or Sponsor US in Marin Human Race

•April 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Remember last time when I asked you what you are good at?  Well if you like participating with a team, running or walking outdoors in beautiful weather, being a part of something fun, or making donations to a great cause then please join or sponsor us TODAY!

The SAGE Project has formed a team that will run/walk 5 kilometers on May 8th in the 2010 Marin Human Race. This is a fundraising event that will benefit us directly with your support!

To JOIN the team or to SPONSOR the team and donate to The SAGE Project, please visit: to do so!

Remember….. every bit of a support goes towards meeting our goals to improve the lives of individuals victimized by, or at risk for sexual exploitation, violence and prostitution through trauma recovery services, substance abuse treatment, vocational training, housing assistance and legal advocacy AND ULTIMATELY bring about the end of commercial sexual exploitation – stamping out the supply and demand for CSE/CSEC and its high costs, while effectively and compassionately addressing the problem, misconceptions and biases that allow CSE/CSEC to continue.


What are you good at?

•March 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

One of the greatest things about the emerging Connected Age, in which you are all a huge part just by reading this blog or being a part of our wider network, is that so much has changed about the way we view leadership, power, and the best strategies for social change.

Chances are you are a part of a number of networks…. think about it. How many cause pages are connected to your FB profile? How many groups do you support? How many nonprofits or ngos are you a fan of? How many blogs do you read every week? Okay, how about how many websites about social action do you visit, or campaigns have you taken part of, or checks have you written to a good cause? This is the Connected Age and it is easier than EVER BEFORE IN HUMAN HISTORY to be connected and engaged with so many stories and needs and communities as easily from our own cities as around the world. Actually, you are connected for sure, but are you engaged?

Nowadays, organizations and cause leaders have realized that they can’t live by power centers and hierarchies of control. Or else they will die by these same structures…. and die quickly. Too many of you out there have the very passion and expertise that is so needed for real social change to take place and organizations are starting to recognize that at higher rates. The SAGE Project is one of those. Clearly, because of the nature of our work, there are some things that aren’t shared broadly across the internet, but you know what our passion is and we try to express to you our needs so that you can decide how you fit in. We want you to be engaged with us and with any other organizations you are connected to. This is how we are going to change the world.

It starts by you deciding…. What are you good at?

Even more impressive…. if you can’t engage at the moment, chances are you know someone in your wider network who can!  Stay connected and stay engaged!

Here’s one recent need that we want to spread through our network:

Request for Pro-Bono Dentistry One of our greatest needs at the moment is pro-bono dentistry. If you are a dentist practicing in San Francisco interested in helping or if you know a dentist who might be interested in providing these services, please pass this information on to them.

Contact: Annie Fukushima, Lead Trafficking Case Manager at 415-358-2713 or Thank you!

International Human Trafficking Awareness Day

•January 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Please join us at a press event about new efforts to combat human trafficking on Monday, January 11, 9:30 am – 11:30 am on the Mayor’s Balcony at San Francisco City Hall.

January 11 is both International Human Trafficking Awareness Day and the start of a month-long awareness campaign. To mark the occasion, Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, Supervisor Carmen Chu, a human trafficking survivor, and local service providers will discuss human trafficking and its local and global implications.

Showing how seriously San Franciscans are taking the issue of human trafficking, the event also includes the official introduction and launch of a new public-private coalition: the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT). Through SFCAHT, government agencies and non-profit service providers have joined together to raise awareness and improve public policy.

Immediately following official statements, SFCAHT and its member agencies will provide information about trafficking, services available, and additional details about the month-long human trafficking awareness campaign, which closes on February 12, 2010, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

The State Department estimates that 14,500-17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year for modern-day slavery. These numbers do not reflect the estimated 100,000 minors that are trafficked withinU.S. borders into prostitution, nor the uncounted individuals that never receive services or law enforcement intervention. San Francisco is a major transit point for traffickers using force, fraud, or coercion to ensnare women, men, and children into sex or labor trafficking. Cases have included domestic servitude, “mail-order brides,” sexual slavery and prostitution, and debt bondage. In forming the Collaborative, the entire community has conveyed the urgency of addressing human trafficking in San Francisco.

Show your support as well! Join the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking for the press event and launch:

Monday, January 11, 2010, 9:30 am
San Francisco City Hall, Mayor’s Balcony
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, California, 94102

You can find out more about the Collaborative and the month-long awareness campaign online at

For general inquiries, contact:
Laura Marshall
Department on the Status of Women
(415) 252-2578

For press inquiries, contact:
Kristie Miller
(415) 358-2716

No better season than this to give love and hope!

•November 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

As you enter the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, whatever your beliefs and traditions may be, remember that so many people in this world live without freedom. It is not so much about whether they will have the latest trendy electronic device, the most bountiful feast, the newest items of clothing or new toys or a big vacation but rather if they will see another day, if they will have a sip of clean water, a morsel of sustenance, the medication they need, the freedom they long for. There are many ways that you can still have what you believe you’re supposed to have during this season and still offer hope and love and freedom to others through your choices.

This isn’t an exclusive list but it’s a start. Do some research. Buy Fair Trade. Make things. Buy consignment. Defend human rights AND Protect the environment. Give love and hope not stuff. Give your time. Give your whole self. And when you spend less, give more! Here at SAGE we always appreciate generosity and giving and would love to put your gifts to use for the good of our community, our survivors.

Support SAGE through Social Media

•November 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Join SAGE at Victory Day Movie Premiere


Please join SAGE Project for the movie premiere of Victory Day, winner of Best Political Film at the 2009 Action On Film International Film Festival.

Victory Day is a modern-day dramatic thriller that “leads us into the shadowy landscapes of modern Russia, the crippled state of journalism, and the brutal world of trafficking and modern day slavery.”

Victory Day Director Sean Ramsay is bringing his political thriller to San Francisco November 19th, 2009 through November 26, 2009. A portion of all tickets bought through this announcement will benefit SAGE’s efforts to fight commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. This is a great way for you to help victims receive the life-saving care and support needed to survive and escape sexual exploitation.

You can learn more about Victory Day and watch a trailer of the film by clicking here:

Victory Day will be showing in two different San Francisco theatres. The premiere screening event will be held on Thursday, November 19th, 2009, at the Clay Theatre at 2261 Fillmore Street. The evening begins at 7:30 pm with champagne and caviar, followed by the 8pm showing of the film and a silent auction to immediately follow. Tickets for this event are $100 ($30 of this ticket price will be donated directly to SAGE).

From Friday, November 20, 2009 through Thursday, November 26, 2009, Victory Day will be playing at the Lumiere Theatre at 1572 California Street at 5:00pm, 7:30pm, and 10:00pm; plus Friday through Sunday: 12:00 and 2:30pm. This ticket price is $10 ($8 of this ticket price will be donated directly to SAGE) and your ticket is valid for the showing of your choice. You do not need to reserve a seat in advance but you may wish to arrive early to secure a good seat.

To order your tickets, please click on the Victory Day Tickets link below. Be sure to write “Victory Day” and the name of the theatre where it asks you to “Designate my Donation.”

For example if you are ordering tickets for the November 19th premiere screening at the Clay Theatre, designate your donation as “Victory Day-Clay.”

If you are ordering tickets for the Lumiere Theatre run from Friday, November 20, 2009 through Thursday, November 26, 2009, designate your donation as “Victory Day-Lumiere.”

You may also order tickets through the mail if you would like. Please send a check or money order to SAGE Project-Victory Day, 1275 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Please note: if you would like to receive your ticket through the U.S. postal mail, be sure to include your correct mailing address when ordering your ticket. You may also pick your ticket up at the SAGE office Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00pm. Please call Kristie Miller at (415) 358-2716 to arrange for pick-up.

Thank you for supporting SAGE Project and we hope you enjoy the film.

Victory Day Tickets

Help Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking
You can help victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking by clicking on the “Give through SAGE” link below. Through SAGE, you can help create opportunities for victims to receive the life-saving care and support they need.
You can make a financial contribution in memory of a loved one or as a very special, meaningful gift. Simply click on the “Give through SAGE” link below to make your secure online contribution or mail a check to SAGE at 1275 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Your contribution will be channeled into direct services (i.e. healing through mental health, addiction and trauma recovery treatment) and advocacy for the victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. It is only with your help that we can provide children, youth, women, and men with the support and care needed to survive and escape sexual exploitation.

Through the unity and power of all our collective resources, we can continue to change lives and work towards a world free from trafficking, violence and sexual abuse of women and children.

Fundraising Event for Abolition

•October 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment

One of the things that is so important to the work of the SAGE Project is the support of our growing network to help us meet our needs so that we can meet the needs of our clients. At the top of that list for us is financial needs. It takes significant amounts of money and resources to continue standing against global exploitation and no amount of help goes unnoticed. We love it when friends of the SAGE Project think of creative ways to help us raise money like making a birthday wish through our Facebook cause or hosting a Black & White Ball!

This coming Friday, October 23 from 6:30-9:30pm at Dolores Park Church (455 Dolores Street) in San Francisco, a local group is hosting a Fundraising Art Event. If you’re up for some great art, spoken word, music, film, refreshments, and a chance to enhance your own role as an abolitionist, please follow the link below, register, and make an appearance (& of course a donation). All proceeds will go directly to the local work of SAGE and the international work of The Sold Project. We need you. Together we can continue the fight to end this horrifying crime against humanity.

pHysiCaL nEEds

•October 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

When a person survives commercial sexual exploitation it is an opportunity to begin life again with a new chance for freedom and liberty, a new chance for health and contribution to the world. Unfortunately it is not so simple as just removing a person from an exploitive situation or relationship. In fact, a number of variables exist that have to be addressed and held in balance in order for a survivor’s recovery to be filled with health and healing and progress. Clearly, removal from an oppressive/exploitive situation and/or relationship has to happen first but from that point forward the work of recovery can seem as painful and arduous as the exploitation endured and requires a number of specialized services, commitment, and of course the development of a supportive network. The most basic set of needs that arises before anything else can really be addressed is that of the physical person. A survivor needs a safe place to stay, clean clothes to wear, toiletries, a plentiful supply of clean water, basic appliances and nutritious foods to eat. You might think, “yea but, those are so basic and simple, I want to do more! Anyone can help with that kind of stuff, I really want to do more.” It is admirable to want to do more and there is certainly a need for more but first we have to take care of the physical needs. Imagine trying to live your life just as it is without those physical needs being met. Most of us reading this blog really don’t have to worry about having enough water to drink, food to eat, and a roof over our heads even if we’re on someone’s couch. Further, imagine having an oppressive and violent life of sexual exploitation forced upon you over and over, maybe for years, while all you can do is watch like a spectator, like you’re not even really alive, like you’re an object. Maybe you have been there and you know how hard it is to reclaim your freedom and your voice. Whatever the case may be, we have to realize that fighting exploitation is as much about humbling ourselves to meet the real and deep needs of survivors, the kind of stuff we may take for granted, and help them establish a foundation on which to commit to health, healing, and recovery.   With that said, SAGE is always looking to meet the physical needs of those that we serve. These needs may change depending on the exact population at any given time and the unique circumstances of the individuals and families that are a part of our community. Of course one way to help is giving us money. Another way to help is making donations of certain helpful items or gift cards for clothes and toiletries. At any given time, we may have a more specific list of things that we need and other times the list may be more generic. Nonetheless it can be so important to show your love and support through donations.   A few of the items we’ve needed recently, some of which are ongoing needs:

1) Microwave

2) Gift Certificate for shoes

3) Gift Certificate for clothing

4) School supplies or gift certificate to buy school supplies

5) Pro-bono printing support

6) Food donations for our healthy lunches

7) Hotplate

8) Blender

9) Toaster / Toaster oven