FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             July 12, 2021
Alfred Lomas

Inner City Visions Named A 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year 

Honored By California State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer

Los Angeles, CA  – Inner City Visions is proud to announce its selection as a 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year by California State Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer from the 59th Assembly District. 

Inner City Visions (ICV) is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization created in 2007 in response to the growing threat of gang violence and human trafficking in South Central Los Angeles and is the only one of its kind in the area. What began as targeted intervention services soon matured into a trauma-informed, client-centered approach. ICV is devoted to building the resilience of vulnerable communities to reduce violence and human trafficking and sustainably serve community members as they recover. 

"Our staff and volunteers at Inner City Visions transform the lives of young people every day, and we are deeply humbled to be recognized by Reginald Jones-Sawyer as a 2021 Nonprofit of the Year," said Founder and Executive Director Alfred Lomas.

Inner City Visions is bring honored for its tremendous contributions to the communities they serve.  The success of ICV's high-quality work is evident from its program retention rate of 92% for first-year commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) participants and an even higher 95% retention rate for second-year participants. 

"Alfred and his team at Inner City Visions are leading the way in fighting the sexual exploitation of our children in California and also across the nation," said Kevin Malone, Founder & Chairman of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking. "No organization in the state is as deserving of this award for their outstanding accomplishments in rescuing victims and ensuring survivors of human trafficking receive the care they need."

In 2019, ICV directly assisted 39 survivors of human trafficking. 92% of ICV's CSEC clients found employment; 100% of whom completed their job assignments. In 2020, ICV provided nearly 500 referrals and linkages for mental health and employment needs, rescued 186 families and 11 children from exploitation, and provided food to over 2,000 families a month, all amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

About the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking
The U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking is working to end Human Trafficking in the United States through prevention, combating demand, rescuing victims, influencing government policy and providing safe refuge for the restoration of survivors. With offices in Tampa, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Austin, we are addressing the national problem, and also doing so with on-the-ground services.

About Inner City Visions
Inner City Visions (ICV) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2007 in the epicenter of South Los Angeles. We engage what is statistically the most vulnerable population of at-risk and exploited youth and provide solutions to their ever-evolving hardships. Combatting human trafficking in Florence-Firestone involves taking high-level risks and addressing the deeply engrained dysfunctions of a generationally disadvantaged and gang-influenced community. ICV is the only NGO in the area that is built on a history of long-standing community relationships and has an in-depth understanding of how youth become vulnerable to exploitation and recruitment into the commercial sex trade.
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