Bakersfield resident works as trainer for the KCAHT
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Shannon Grove today honored Bakersfield resident Diana Cisneros as the 2016 Woman of the Year for the 34th Assembly District during a special ceremony at the State Capitol. As a human trafficking trainer for the Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking (KCAHT), Diana has dedicated her life to helping at-risk youth and making others aware of California’s human trafficking problem by sharing her story of survival and restoration.
“Hope - that is what Diana’s story gives to trafficking survivors whose lives have been shattered by this horrific crime,” said Assemblywoman Shannon Grove. “With God’s assistance, Diana has bravely overcome her circumstances and turned her life into a beautiful tale of restoration.”
Starting at the age of seven and into her early teens, Diana was trafficked by an older family member. Although robbed of her childhood, Diana now passionately shares how her Christian faith in God granted her strength and pushed her toward a healing path. She recently earned her degree in Psychology-Crisis Counseling and has made it her mission to educate and bring healing to girls who suffered through similar circumstances as her own.
Besides her work with KCAHT, Diana leads a My Life My Choice Group at the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. She is the leader of a local survivor’s support group, and also conducts trafficking prevention training with foster care kids. She regularly shares her story with other community groups, and holds training events to educate the public on human trafficking issues.
Diana’s story was recently featured in the documentary, The Trafficked Life, a film highlighting the Central Valley’s labor and sex trafficking problem. Diana is the proud wife of Joe Cisneros and both were both born and raised in Bakersfield. The two have a beautiful baby girl who just turned one-years old.
Held annually, the Woman of the Year ceremony celebrates California’s extraordinary women. The first ceremony was held in 1987 to help commemorate Women’s History Month. The event has become an annual Capitol tradition to salute women who have done outstanding community service. Honorees are presented with a framed resolution from the State Assembly recognizing their outstanding contributions during a ceremony in the Assembly chambers.
Grove represents the citizens of California’s 34th Assembly District, covering a majority of Kern County.