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In One of the Nation’s Most Conservative Places, A Sanctuary City (

Protection, shelter, fear, and displacement: I found them all in Santa Ana, California, a self-proclaimed sanctuary city. This was my first home in the U.S. after my mom brought me here as a child. I remember a vibrant Fourth Street, a hub for all Mexican-related things, from homemade tortillas to traditional music. Though much has changed in the 18 years since I lived there, Santa Ana remains the epicenter for social justice activism in Orange County, one of the most conservative places in...

County’s sex trafficking awareness campaign focuses on child victims (

In 2012, as various Orange County agencies teamed up to address the sexual exploitation of children, they discovered 17 victims in the county. A year later, the number had more than doubled, to 35, and last year, it multiplied again, to 75. Victims of forced labor are more likely to take public transportation, OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson said Wednesday, so the transportation authority trained more than 1,100 staff and contract bus operators to spot signs of sex trafficking. Oree Freeman, 22, a...

Orange County ACEs Task Force Meeting Agenda - 5/16/17

Orange County ACEs Task Force AGENDA May 16th, 2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Location: Laguna Woods Village - Performing Arts Conference Room Clubhouse #3 - 23822 Avenida Sevilla Laguna Woods, CA 92630 Please RSVP: Mary Brogdon-Organizer (714)624-4368 Inform Guard at gate that you are attending the Information Meeting. ● Share highlight of gratitude in your last month ● To create a safe space, our Shared Understandings are: - Treat others with kindness ~ Respect others opinions ~...

Orange County supervisor proposes temporary homeless shelters in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Santa Ana (

Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson has proposed putting temporary homeless shelters on county-owned land in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Santa Ana – and he wants the first one to open within 30 days. Nelson said the county would provide transportation to relocate homeless people. He said it was unclear on how the county would house people’s pets. And he said the new shelters might provide basic support services, similar to those provided at its Santa Ana shelter, such as access to health...


Seeking trauma-informed medical care

On the chance that someone here can offer a referral or advice, I'm looking for a trauma-informed medical doctor who can be my wife's Primary Care Physician. She is 39 years old and has gone without medical care for over 27 years as a result of her childhood trauma which involved severe neglect and long-term social isolation. I need to find a physician who is willing to communicate with me before her first appointment so I can fully explain her condition and what kind of approach will best...Read More...
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Trauma Informed Training

Marlene Sanders
Hello Community, My name is Marlene and I am the Community Manager for Orange County ACEs Connection. I'm reaching out to all of you, in efforts to gain knowledge for Trauma Informed training in the field of Dentistry. If anyone has any Trauma Informed training materials in the sector of Dentistry, would you be willing to share it with me? Also, I would appreciate any perspective on the experience and/or insight to the following question: What are some situations in Dentistry, that can...Read More...