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Human Trafficking Documentary Nominated for 2014 Emmy Award

DVD COVER GRAPHICSAN BERNARDINO, CA- The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s documentary “Teenage $ex 4 $ale: Human Trafficking in San Bernardino County” has received a nomination for the 2014 Emmy Awards. The announcement was made Tuesday by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Pacific Southwest Chapter at a nomination party held at the Mad House Comedy Club in San Diego. The film was nominated in the Documentary category for excellence in the creation of a formal, structured television presentation with dramatic impact of an event, condition or situation of current, cultural and/or historical significance.

“When I was younger I spent a year and a half overseas in the Philippines, and I saw first-hand the tragedy of human trafficking and the toll that it took on young girls who could be purchased for ten dollars an hour,” said Christopher Lee, who directed and edited the documentary.

“Those stories have always stayed with me, and now there are new stories, sadly taking shape in our own backyard. My hope all along was that this film would somehow inspire communities, law enforcement and government officials to push even harder in the battle against human trafficking.”

The film is a 45-minute documentary that delves into the problem of sexual exploitation in the nation’s largest county. From boastful pimps preying on young women to one woman’s quest to open a home for female victims, the film highlights a unique coalition of government agencies and how they are reaching deep into the community to eradicate human trafficking.

“I am so proud of the work of my public affairs officer, Chris Lee, and all those who helped create this film,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “From the undercover filming of the Player’s and Pimp Ball in Hollywood to the survivors who shared their stories, this was a team effort all the way. Ultimately, this is just another outlet to help shine a brighter light on those victimized by the terrible crime of human trafficking.”

The 40th Annual NATAS Pacific Chapter Awards will be presented June 14, 2014, at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad. To view a copy of the entire film visit www.sbcountyda.org/ServicesInformation/ProsecutingCriminals/HumanTraffickingPros ecutionUnit/HostaScreeningoftheFilmTeenage$ex4$ale.aspx.

Voter Information Guide and Sample Ballots, and Mail Ballots Delivered to Voters for the 2014 Statewide Primary Election

Voter Information Guides were delivered to voters’ mailboxes earlier this week for the June 3, 2014  Statewide Primary Election. Mail ballots will be delivered to voters on the permanent mail ballot list  beginning May 10, 2014.

Inside the Voter Information Guide, voters will find a Sample Ballot, as well as information regarding  voting, candidates, and measures. On the back cover of the Voter Information Guide, voters will find the  address of their assigned Election Day polling place. Voters are encouraged to hold on to their guide until  Election Day so that they can easily find their polling place.

Mail ballots are being delivered this week to voters on the permanent mail ballot list. However, voters can still  sign up to receive a mail ballot by filling out the Mail Ballot Application found in their Voter Information  Guide, by downloading an application from the Elections Office website, or by calling the Elections Office.  Voted mail ballots may be returned via the U.S. Postal Service, in person to any polling place on Election Day  or to one of the fifty-seven mail ballot drop-off locations prior to, and on Election Day. To find a mail ballot  drop-off location, voters can use the mail ballot drop-off map located on the Elections Office website.

Voters in this election are also able to vote early or request replacement mail ballots at the San Bernardino  County Elections Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on  Election Day, Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

For more information about this election, visit the Elections Office website, www.sbcountyelections.com,  or call (909) 387-8300.

Saturday, May 10: Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital Childhood Wellness Fair Walk

LOS ANGELES, CA- On Saturday, May 10 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital and Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club, located at 1339 E. 120th Street in Los Angeles (90059), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. come learn ways to manage your child’s health and wellness. There will be booths with community resources and information along with fun activities and games for the entire family. For more information contact Kellie Todd at (424) 271-2130 or ktodd@mlkch.org. This is a FREE and public event.