What’s Next Now that Prop 35 is Passed?

Posted by daphne | Posted in Announcements, Awareness, Daphne, Human Trafficking, Initiative, Prop 35 | Posted on January 11, 2013


This message is for those who are dedicated to the anti-trafficking movement. Here are my reflections on the past year – the victory of Prop 35 and opposition – and the future of the anti-trafficking movement and California Against Slavery.

Op-ed: Take a stand against human trafficking

Posted by daphne | Posted in Awareness, Daphne, Education, Human Trafficking, Initiative, Prop 35 | Posted on October 5, 2012


Published: Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012 – 8:09 am

Re “Citizens take the initiative” (Page A1, Sept. 10): Some people who oppose Proposition 35 contend that creating tougher laws against human trafficking, forced labor and sexual coercion belongs with the legislature.

Daphne Phung of California Against Slavery and Chris Kelly of the Safer California Foundation were both disappointed in their attempts to get the legislature interested in strengthening those laws, so they took action with Prop 35.

The Real Facts of Prop 35

Posted by daphne | Posted in Awareness, Daphne, Education, Human Trafficking, Initiative, Prop 35 | Posted on September 30, 2012


This is the 150th year of the Emancipation Proclamation. Recently, I read what opponents of the Proclamation said back in 1862. They are quite interesting to read on this side of history. Some opponents argued:  It didn’t free slaves in areas controlled by the Union; it would prolong the war by enraging the South even more; it would incite slaves to extreme violence against white Southerners.  Today, we know that passing the Emancipation Proclamation was the right thing to do, and a pivotal point in our history. It led to the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery two years later.

Prop 35 has garnered enormous, and ever increasing, support from people and organizations throughout the state and nation. Prop 35 really is a no-brainer initiative. And Prop 35 is urgently needed to stop modern slavery in California.

The Prop 35 text is carefully drafted following the federal law and is co-authored by 23-veteran prosecutor and nationally recognized human trafficking expert, Sharmin Bock. Get the real scoop on Prop 35 from the horse’s mouth here.

But no matter what one does, there’s bound to be criticisms. While this is expected, I also believe in keeping people accountable to the factual accuracies of the statements made publicly to voters. First, voters deserve to get accurate information. More importantly, we have real lives at stake.

Recently, one op-ed was posted in the San Jose Mercury that is plagued by factually and legally inaccurate statements. I feel compelled to respond although I usually don’t respond to articles.

Grateful for 2011. Ready for an Amazing 2012.

Posted by daphne | Posted in Announcements, Awareness, Daphne, Events, Human Trafficking, Initiative, Sex Trafficking, Volunteer | Posted on December 31, 2011


Happy New Year! Your dedication in 2011 has paved the way for our sure victory in 2012.

After holding our breath to see the outcomes of the fundraising and the Attorney General’s approval of our initiative, we have a sigh of relief. The Californians Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE Act) petition launched on December 24th, just in time for Christmas!

Really. Sincerely. Thanks.

Posted by daphne | Posted in Announcements, Daphne, Human Trafficking, Initiative, News, Sex Trafficking, Volunteer | Posted on November 23, 2011


Last week, a volunteer told me that she was thankful for CAS and proud of being a volunteer. I paused and reflected, “Wow…yes, I am proud to be her fellow CASer!”

I want to say a big THANK-YOU to all our donors and volunteers! This Thanksgiving, I am indeed thankful for C-A-S:

We got the funding. Let’s do it!

Posted by daphne | Posted in Announcements, Daphne, Fundraising, Human Trafficking, Initiative, Labor Trafficking, News, Sex Trafficking | Posted on October 11, 2011


From its inception two years ago, California Against Slavery (CAS) has been unwavering in our commitment to place our initiative on the ballot. We believe in the strategic significance of strong laws and the collective power of voters.

Over a year ago, I said that CAS will not launch another signature campaign unless we have    assurance of success. This means securing a strong base of support and funding.

TODAY, I am thrilled to announce that we are launching our signature campaign this December 1st!

July 2010 End of Round 1 Message

Posted by daphne | Posted in Announcements, Daphne, Initiative | Posted on October 6, 2011


The message below was sent to our volunteers in July 2010  at the end of our first attempt to qualify the initiative for the 2010 ballot. Watch the video here.


Many of you know that Cambodia is one of the most notorious countries for sex trafficking. But do you know that there are more children sold for sex in our country than in Cambodia?  We should be appalled

Happy Birthday CAS!

Posted by daphne | Posted in Daphne, Events, Human Trafficking, Initiative, Volunteer | Posted on September 9, 2011


Fran, Lita, Karen, Daphne (Oct 2009)

Today is California Against Slavery’s official 2-year birthday! On 9-9-09, Karen and I registered CAS with the IRS and State of California. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves and all of you into! :-) 

It’s been quite a journey that we’re still on. Yes, we could’ve aimed for less. We could’ve treaded lightly. But why?

Powerful Letter from Sacramento Police Association

Posted by daphne | Posted in Announcements, Daphne, Human Trafficking, Initiative, Law Enforcement, News, Sex Trafficking | Posted on July 10, 2011


On Friday, 50-year-old Paul “Yoshi” Moore from Sacramento pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of 3 underage girls. According to US Attorney’s Office,  two other defendants – Kevin Hawkins and Timothy Lee – were involved in selling these young girls through the internet to pedophiles and other sex predators.

Since this case was prosecuted at the federal level, Moore now faces up to life in prison. Hopefully, he’ll get plenty of time to think about his vicious acts on these minors, who have a lifetime of recovery ahead of them. Had he been tried by a local district attorney under California law, Moore would face only 4 to 8 years in prison. Ridiculous, right?

Thus, it was timely that on the same day I got this powerful letter from the President

Freedom is *not* free.

Posted by daphne | Posted in Awareness, Daphne, Human Trafficking, Labor Trafficking, Sex Trafficking | Posted on July 4, 2011


On this July 4th, there is much to celebrate about. In addition to freedom from tyranny, the facts that I as a woman, an immigrant, and a person of color can have a terrific education and career, can drive, own property, and move about freely are among other reasons to celebrate.

The recent war and civil unrests in the Middle East are new reminders that freedom is not free. The 1776 Declaration of Independence that our Founding Fathers established requires continual sacrifice to defend and actualize. Here’s a bleak sample: