January news & updates


National Stalking Awareness Month

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National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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Russian Orthodox Christmas

Saturday, Jan. 7th

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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Wednesday, Jan. 11th

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Martin Luther King Day

Monday, Jan. 16th

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KWRCC Board of Directors Meeting

6pm Tuesday, Jan 24th

Guests Invited & Welcome

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This Holiday Season, KWRCC received amazing support from our community. Countless community members, organizations, local businesses and government agencies donated client supplies, shelter supplies, and donated funds.

Many many thanks to everyone who helped support our mission and work during the 2022 Winter Holidays!

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2023 PFD Applications

When applying for the 2023 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), please consider a donation to KWRCC through “Pick.Click.Give.” Donations can be made in increments of $25 up to the total amount of the individual PFD check.

Every year KWRCC helps victims and their children flee Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault not only in Kodiak, but also from our sister communities in Akhiok, Chiniak, Karluk, Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie, and Port Lions.

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Stalking Awareness Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. The topic of stalking can be brought up in conversations, through the media, and highlighted by community education and awareness.

Stalking Can Be:

  • Repeated, unwanted contact through, texts, emails, phone calls, letters, gifts, flowers
  • The feeling of being watched and/or followed
  • Finding personal belongings vandalized

What Victims of Stalking Can Do:

  • Tell friends and family
  • Contact law enforcement
  • Keep a journal of what happens including feelings
  • Do not agree to contact the stalker
  • Safety plan AND have emergency numbers programmed into phones for quick access.

Stalking Victims

ANYONE that feels they may be the victim of stalking, should contact KWRCC and ask how we can help. Reaching out for support is one of the best things a victim can do.

Stalking is a crime. Similar to domestic violence, stalking is a crime of power and control.

Depending on the facts of the case, a stalker might also be charged with other crimes, such as trespassing, intimidation of a witness, breaking and entering or the damaging of personal property.

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Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking can be complex and look very different for each unique victim and situation. We encourage anyone who feels they may be in a trafficking situation to reach out for help.

For the Kodiak Community we encourage everyone to learn the signs of human trafficking in order to help and support those that may be in the midst of it.

KWRCC has trained advocates on duty 24/7

to provide confidential local assistance.

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Recognizing the Signs

Courtesy of HumanTraffickingHotline.org

As the U.S. anti-trafficking movement has grown in our understanding of this diverse and complex crime, we are learning more about how specific people, such as medical professionals, teachers, truck drivers, and restaurant personnel, in addition to friends and family members, can help identify and report possible trafficking. Everyone can help by learning the types of trafficking and paying attention to the people around us. 

Who is Most Vulnerable?

Anyone can experience trafficking in any community, just as anyone can be the victim of any kind of crime. While it can happen to anyone, evidence suggests that people of color and LGBTQ+ people are more likely to experience trafficking than other demographic groups. Generational trauma, historic oppression, discrimination, and other societal factors and inequities create community-wide vulnerabilities. Traffickers recognize and take advantage of people who are vulnerable.

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KWRCC Board of Directors

President: Heidi Barret-McNerney

Vice President: Kim Sibrel 

Treasurer: Karissa Stoecker

Secretary: Cassie Keplinger

Board Member: Amanda Becker

Board Member: Selida Guitron-Padilla

Board Member: Colby Perez

Board Member: Jessica Rauwolf

Board Member: Helen Shepard


Executive Director: Rebecca Shields

SART & Shelter Coordinator: Penny Lampl

Case Management: Melissa Austin

Outreach Advocate: Ellamy Tiller

Outreach Technology: Ann Kirven

Advocate: Jo-Ann Abalanza

Advocate: Pinky Cruz

Advocate: Kimberly Dolph

Advocate: Debbie Eggemeyer

Advocate: Marie Hellek

Advocate: Lisa Johnson

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