The mission of the Center for Justice & Reconciliation is to honor the dignity of all by removing barriers through education, advocacy and innovation for the flourishing of our community.

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The CJR maintains an action-research agenda, studying sex and labor trafficking in San Diego.

The groundbreaking study, led by Dr. Jamie Gates, "Measuring the Nature and Extent of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in San Diego," focused narrowly on one of the most understudied aspects of human trafficking in the United States: the relationship of street gangs as facilitators of sex trafficking. Researchers gathered and analyzed data from hundreds of current and former gang-affiliated individuals, schools, law enforcement agencies, and victim service providers.

Data was collected from 1,205 individuals, making it one of the largest, most comprehensive human trafficking case studies in the U.S. to date. This included 156 gang-affiliated persons and/or traffickers, 702 first-time prostitution offenders, 189 survivors from eight victim services programs, and 140 county school administrators and staff. The study is a large-scale model of collaborative research to affect policy and practice, and serves as a national model for future research on human trafficking more broadly. View the full executive summary.

In early 2016, the CJR was awarded a County of San Diego contract to manage a regional human trafficking collaborative research effort in the San Diego/Tijuana region. The Human Trafficking Research and Data Advisory Roundtable (HT-RADAR) facilitates collaboration among researchers, identifies research funding, shares data, and affects decision-making in the region with quality research. Learn more about HT-RADAR and get involved!


kNOw MORE! Human Trafficking Prevention Program
The CJR has developed a curriculum to tackle the challenge of preventing the recruitment of San Diego’s high school students into sex trafficking by targeting the most vulnerable students. Thanks to the support of donors and collaboration with our partners, including the San Diego Unified School District, the County Office of Education, Child Welfare Services, survivor leaders, law enforcement, and others, the curriculum launched in fall 2016.

Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund
The Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund is a scholarship dedicated to supporting survivors of human trafficking as they pursue their college degrees at PLNU. Our first two graduates earned their diplomas in December of 2018, and we have now celebrated as five Beauty for Ashes scholars graduated from PLNU. This scholarship for survivors of human trafficking is providing hope for a better life for victims all over the country. We believe it is stepping into what we do best — providing a college education in the nurturing environment of PLNU — and standing behind and caring for the most vulnerable.

OnRamps Collaborative
Survivors of human trafficking face an uncertain future, and vocational skills or an education can help them navigate to financial stability and permanently stay out of a life of exploitation. The OnRamps Collaborative is a community impact project, led by PLNU, that is opening up vocational and educational opportunities for survivors. Centered around the holistic health needs of survivors, OnRamps is coordinated by the CJR, in partnership with educational institutions and other organizations.


Student Movement
PLNU students have been at the heart of the global movement to end modern slavery. The student movement against human trafficking on PLNU’s campus, led by CJR student staff, is affecting the movement in our region and well beyond. Wear Justice is a student-designed campus movement to rethink consumerism through community, and features an annual week-long focus on more conscious and ethical consumer habits.

Churches Against Trafficking
The CJR supports the work of Churches Against Trafficking (CAT), a network of local churches that are collaborating to educate and engage the Christian community in the anti-trafficking work in the region.

Local Advocacy
Staff of the CJR are involved in a variety of local advocacy efforts. In 2020, CJR Director Kim Berry Jones was asked to help advise the San Diego Police Department as they implemented new rules to better regulate illicit massage establishments, a major source of both labor and sex trafficking in San Diego. CJR staff have testified on behalf of local and state legislation.

CJR in the News

The work of the CJR frequently appears in local and national news.


Speaking About the Unspeakable

1/10/18: SD News: Human Trafficking Awareness Rally to Spotlight Local Problems

1/13/18: Times of San Diego: Campaign Launched to Warn Parents about Sex Trafficking

1/19/18: Fox News: March in Balboa Park Raises Awareness about Human Trafficking

2/3/18: Los Angeles Times: A Red Light on Human Trafficking

3/7/18: Educate for Life: The New Slavery - Michelle Shoemaker, Jessica, Dr. Jerry Andrews

3/12/18: ABC News: Point Loma Nazarene University Helping Victims of Sex Trafficking with Full-Ride Scholarships

4/12/18: Rancho Santa Fe Review: CCA Student Raising Awareness on Human Trafficking

4/18/18: Voice of San Diego: There's Virtually no such Thing as Voluntary Sex Work, says DA

4/18/18: San Diego Union Tribune: Think Human Trafficking Doesn't Happen in San Diego? Think Again.

4/22/18: San Diego Union Tribune: San Diego's Own Human Trafficking Stories on April 24th

4/24/18: Times of San Diego: Ending Human Trafficking is a San Diego Community Responsibility

5/3/18: San Diego Union Tribune: Forum Focuses on Human Trafficking's Toll, Ways to Help Victims

5/12/18: Voice of San Diego: Even Independent Sex Workers Rarely Enter the Industry Voluntarily

5/17/18: NBC News: Human Trafficking Experts from Across the US Gather in San Diego

5/17/18: Times of San Diego: District Attorney to Address Free Event on Human Trafficking Awareness

5/23/18: FOX News: Victims Speak Out Against San Diego's Sex Trafficking Problem

05/23/18: Voice of San Diego: The DA is Right about Sex Work  

10/28/18: Taking Action: Santa Maria event to focus on education to prevent sexual exploitation of children  

12/04/18: Migrant Families Within San Diego  

12/07/18: Pt Loma Nazarene Faculty and Students Respond to Rapid Response Network Call to Aid Immigrants  

12/19/18: The Inn Without Borders / La Posada Sin Fronteras


1/7/17: San Diego Union-Tribune: Private eyes look for runaways, sex-trade victims to rescue

1/10/17: Times of San Diego: January Is Human Trafficking Awareness Month in San Diego

1/19/17: Times of San Diego: Sex-Trafficking Alert in City Hall: ‘Sole Sisters’ Shoe Display

1/24/17: San Diego City Beat: Local org a new H.O.P.E. for victims of human trafficking

2/4/17: San Diego Union-Tribune: Schools take on sex trafficking

2/9/17: Times of San Diego: Atkins Bill Would Enlist Hotel Employees in Reporting Human Trafficking

4/12/17: San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego assemblyman's bill targets sex trafficking as a criminal business

4/26/17: Rancho Santa Fe Review: Lynch Foundation fundraiser to help prevent child sex trafficking

5/5/17: ABC News: San Diego's Sex Trafficking Business Targeted by Task Force

6/1/17: KPBS News: Trafficking Victims find Lifeline at City Heights Agency, but Funding may Run Dry

7/31/17: Rancho Santa Fe Review: Lynch Foundation for Children Holds Fundraising Gala

9/20/17: Village News: Non-Profit Saved in America Rescues Runaways from Sex Trafficking

10/9/17: San Diego Union Tribune: Businesses, Officers and Nonprofits to Launch Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

10/14/17: San Diego DA: kNOw More Human Trafficking Prevention and Curriculum

10/29/17: San Diego Union Tribune: Slow but Steady Progress being made Against Sex Trafficking in San Diego

11/2/17: San Diego Union Tribune: Special Court Seeks to Aid Teen Trafficking Victims with Support and Rehabilitation

12/28/17: San Diego Magazine: Saved in America Fights Sex Trafficking in San Diego

Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund
The Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund was launched in October 2014. This scholarship provides assistance with PLNU tuition expenses for survivors of human trafficking who meet admission requirements for the university. As we grow the Beauty for Ashes Fund at PLNU, we are thankful and excited to see national coverage for the scholarship.

The following are publications that have featured the Beauty for Ashes Fund and PLNU:

2014 - 2023

Fighting San Diego's 'Phenomenally Lucrative' Underground Sex Trafficking Economy – June 27, 2019

From Survivor to Thriver: How Point Loma Nazarene University is Helping Survivors Thrive – April 29, 2019

Syracuse University's Daily Orange – November 6, 2014

Charisma News – November 5, 2014 (reprint from USA Today)

USA Today – Most Uplifting Stories of the Week – November 2, 2014

Huffington Post – November 1, 2014

MSNBC – November 1, 2014

Washington Post – October 31, 2014

Religion News Service – October 31, 2014

Newser – October 31, 2014

Storify – October 31, 2014

Christian Examiner – October 31, 2014

USA Today, College Edition – October 30, 2014

Lomabeat/Point Weekly (advertising Just Saying event) – October 24, 2014

Fox News – October 21, 2014

The College Fix – October 17, 2014 - By PLNU student Samantha Watkins

Loma Beat/The Point Weekly – September 14, 2014