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Upcoming Events on Human Trafficking / Slavery and other Human Rights Issues

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Know of any soon to be events on Human Trafficking / Modern Slavery near your area?

What about Conventions, Workshops, Fund Raisings, etc?

Let us know, we are a global community, so no matter where the event is held, we can promote it here!


         

Rose,


Last week Polaris Project staff joined with a dozen of our clients, all survivors of human trafficking, to celebrate the holiday season and their own achievements.

Several clients showcased their journey from victim to survivor during a program marking the end of Fall classes at Polaris. One spoke of her home in the Philippines; another about her thoughts on “brokenness” and how it is our imperfections that allow us to grow. Many thanked Polaris Project for being their second family. I wish you had been there to hear those tearful words of appreciation.

After the presentations, we gathered in chairs packed two deep. We chatted, some of us in broken Spanish, some in broken English, and some with smiles rather than sentences. Staff members switched off holding and entertaining babies. A few of us danced to “Gangnam Style” while others looked on, laughing uproariously.Every single day we’re inspired by the people who survive the horrendous abuse, exploitation, and shame caused by human trafficking. Our Client Services staff members walk beside them day after day by providing job training and intensive counseling to ease the trauma.  Our call specialists guide survivors with their voices, putting hope on the line through the National Human Trafficking Hotline, which just celebrated an amazing five years.  And our Policy team creates long-term solutions by passing laws that lead to new paths to freedom.

As you reflect on 2012, I hope you feel as inspired as I do over what we’ve achieved together. Looking to 2013, we pledge to continue to create a world without slavery, lighting the way to a brighter future for as many people as we can reach.  We can only accomplish this with more people like you behind us. So, I ask you to forward this email to five people you know and encourage them to sign up for Polaris Project’s news and opportunities to influence legislation.

Sincerely,

Bradley Myles
Executive Director
Polaris Project

Thank you for sharing your letter Rose.

Presidential Proclamation -- National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2013

NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH, 2013

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

This month, we rededicate ourselves to stopping one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. Around the world, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, beaten, and abused, locked in compelled service and hidden in darkness. They toil in factories and fields; in brothels and sweatshops; at sea, abroad, and at home. They are the victims of human trafficking -- a crime that amounts to modern-day slavery.

As Americans, we have long rejected such cruelty. We have recognized it as a debasement of our common humanity and an affront to the principles we cherish. And for more than a century, we have made it a national mission to bring slavery and human trafficking to an end.

My Administration has been deeply commited to carrying this legacy forward -- beginning with trafficking that happens on our own shores. We have strengthened protections so all workers know their rights, expanded efforts to identify and serve domestic victims, devoted new resources to dismantling trafficking networks, and put more traffickers behind bars than ever before. In the months ahead, we will continue to take action by empowering investigators and law enforcement with the training they need, and by engaging businesses, advocates, and students in developing cutting-edge tools people can use to stay safe. We will invest in helping trafficking victims rebuild their lives. And as one of the world's largest purchasers of goods and services, the Federal Government will keep leading by example, further strengthening protections to help ensure that American tax dollars never support forced labor.

Our commitment to stopping human trafficking does not end at our borders. As a leader in the global movement to combat this scourge, the United States has renewed sanctions on governments that harbor the worst offenders. We have partnered with groups around the world to help men, women, and children escape their abusers. And recognizing that no country can meet this challenge alone, we have aided others in addressing modern slavery's root causes, and encouraged nations across the globe to pass comprehensive anti-trafficking laws, enforce them rigorously, and care for survivors.

We know the road ahead is long, and change will not come easily. But as we renew our pledge to erase modern forms of slavery from the face of this earth, let us also draw strength from the movements of the past. We recall the words of the Emancipation Proclamation -- that every life saved is "an act of justice," worthy of "the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of an Almighty God." We reflect on the Amendment that wrote abolition into law, the decades of struggle to make its promise real, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that has drawn nations together in the pursuit of equality and justice. These achievements once seemed impossible -- but on this day, let us remember that they were not, and let us press on toward the future we know is possible.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2013 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1. I call upon businesses, organizations, faith-based groups, families, and all Americans to recognize the vital role we can play in ending all forms of slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

BARACK OBAMA

Anonymous

 Cheers Vivien

At 10am TODAY! Tune in to Half the Sky Movement’s Google+ Hangout with Rachel, Nicholas Kristoff, and Somaly Mam of Somaly Mam Foundation. They will be discussing modern day slavery and sex trafficking; Luke Blocher of the Freedom Center will moderate.

RSVP here: https://plus.google.com/events/c29v0097ekqek2ol4mk4ta87sc4
Photo: At 10am TODAY! Tune in to Half the Sky Movement’s Google+ Hangout with Rachel, Nicholas Kristoff, and Somaly Mam of Somaly Mam Foundation. They will be discussing modern day slavery and sex trafficking; Luke Blocher of the Freedom Center will moderate. 

RSVP here: https://plus.google.com/events/c29v0097ekqek2ol4mk4ta87sc4

You can still listen to the discussion above after the event, just click on the link. Very interesting and informative.
https://plus.google.com/events/c29v0097ekqek2ol4mk4ta87sc4

TRAFFIC JAM

OVERVIEW

TRAFFIC JAM is a campaign started in early 2004 to raise awareness and involvement to fight the trafficking and enslavement of children around the globe. TRAFFIC JAM mobilizes musicians and fans to speak out against this grave injustice. Since 2004, TRAFFIC JAM has invested in trafficking prevention/aftercare programs in over 70 countries, using community-based solutions that empower nationals to provide security and hope to their communities.

MISSION

To "jam" up the traffic involving the widowed, orphaned, abandoned, sold and vulnerable who are often forced into horrific lives of labor or sex slavery

HOW WE ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION

1.) TRAFFIC JAM "Jams" - Concerts, music and sporting events (arranged, sponsored, or supported)

2.) TRAFFIC JAM "World Tours" - Trips for musicians, artists and athletes to experience firsthand the horrors of human trafficking

3.) TRAFFIC JAM "Highways of Hope" - Informative resources and advocacy materials to raise awareness and increase involvement

4.) TRAFFIC JAM "Instruments of Change" - Signed memorabilia auctions (primarily musical instruments autographed by celebrities)

5.) TRAFFIC JAM "Releases" - Music releases to help fund the release of modern-day slaves

6.) TRAFFIC JAM "Free Trade Stores" - Trading slavery for opportunity through skills training programs and online outlets for Internet commerce

7.) TRAFFIC JAM Projects - Working with trusted partners around the globe to provide direct prevention, intervention and aftercare programs

Tor ead further: http://www.trafficjam.org/about-us.php




TRAFFIC JAM

OVERVIEW

TRAFFIC JAM is a campaign started in early 2004 to raise awareness and involvement to fight the trafficking and enslavement of children around the globe. TRAFFIC JAM mobilizes musicians and fans to speak out against this grave injustice. Since 2004, TRAFFIC JAM has invested in trafficking prevention/aftercare programs in over 70 countries, using community-based solutions that empower nationals to provide security and hope to their communities.

MISSION

To "jam" up the traffic involving the widowed, orphaned, abandoned, sold and vulnerable who are often forced into horrific lives of labor or sex slavery

HOW WE ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION

1.) TRAFFIC JAM "Jams" - Concerts, music and sporting events (arranged, sponsored, or supported)

2.) TRAFFIC JAM "World Tours" - Trips for musicians, artists and athletes to experience firsthand the horrors of human trafficking

3.) TRAFFIC JAM "Highways of Hope" - Informative resources and advocacy materials to raise awareness and increase involvement

4.) TRAFFIC JAM "Instruments of Change" - Signed memorabilia auctions (primarily musical instruments autographed by celebrities)

5.) TRAFFIC JAM "Releases" - Music releases to help fund the release of modern-day slaves

6.) TRAFFIC JAM "Free Trade Stores" - Trading slavery for opportunity through skills training programs and online outlets for Internet commerce

7.) TRAFFIC JAM Projects - Working with trusted partners around the globe to provide direct prevention, intervention and aftercare programs

Website:  http://www.trafficjam.org/about-us.php

 
To read about "TRAFFIC JAM PROJECTS' click read link aboe




This post was modified from its original form on 19 Feb, 9:27

 Thanks Alicia

Please join us tomorrow, June 27, at 1 pm UK time (8 am EST) for a live chat on how we can work TOGETHER to end slavery. Hosted by The Guardian Guardian Global Development Professionals Network, tune in here: http://bit.ly/17CYpH3
How to work together to end modern-day slavery
www.guardian.co.uk
From data collection to lobbying and fundraising, how can the organisations that make up the anti-slavery sector better collaborate? Join the debate Thursday 27 June

 Thanks Vivien