dontsellbodies:

“To cut, steal, hinder, suppress, manipulate, or deny an individual of their personal power, even in the name of LOVE, is criminal.”- an excerpt from Jada Pinkett Smith’s contribution to our New Emancipation Proclamation.
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dontsellbodies:

To cut, steal, hinder, suppress, manipulate, or deny an individual of their personal power, even in the name of LOVE, is criminal.”
- an excerpt from Jada Pinkett Smith’s contribution to our New Emancipation Proclamation.

Submit your voice here.

Great project! Check it out.

Governor Cuomo: Fund housing and services for trafficked children


"Child victimization is one of the most abhorrent acts that could ever be committed.”

- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

 My name is Lashauna Cutts and I am the Director of JCCA’s Gateways program. Gateways is a residential treatment program for commercially sexually exploited girls in New York.  Nearly every day, I have to turn away a girl in need of treatment because our 13-bed program is full.  

 In 2008, New York State passed The Safe Harbor Act to provide critical services for the growing number of children who are forced into prostitution.  The Act authorized $10 Million in funds, however, since the passage, zero dollars have been spent.  We had hoped that with Safe Harbor, there would be many more services for sexually exploited children. 

 Our program changes lives. We have helped dozens of girls since we opened three years ago.  Tiffany is an example of the program’s success.   She was placed in Gateways after being commercially sexually exploited by a physically violent and abusive pimp.  She came from a troubled family and, at 15, met a 30-year-old man named Nick.  He convinced her that he was the only one who truly cared for her.  Within weeks, she moved in with him.  However, Nick soon turned violent, repeatedly raping her, and forcing her to have sex with other men for money.  Tiffany attempted to leave on several occasions, but he would always threaten or beat her.  At age 16, Nick beat Tiffany unconscious; as a result of this incident, she fled and was placed in the Gateways program.  Like many young people suffering from exploitive abuse, Tiffany had a hard time breaking the bonds with her abuser.  Through individual, family, group, and peer counseling, Tiffany was able to be reunited with her family.  She is now enrolled in dual college credit/GED program and planning for her future.

 Children in New York are being lured into prostitution by pimps who offer false promises of love, and then control the children with extreme violence and degradation.  Recognizing this as a serious problem, the New York State Legislature took action but has failed to provide the funding needed to produce meaningful change.

 We must fight to keep these young people safe and provide a comprehensive array of services.   New York took the lead and was the first State to pass legislation that required treatment of these victimized children, instead of punishment.  Now New York needs to take the lead and fund the services.Without funding, these children will have little chance to recover from their exploitation and lead fulfilling and productive lives.

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Please sign the petition to show your support for commercially sexually exploited children in New York.

LOVE 146

LOVE 146

worldvisionactsteam:

Jesse Eaves gives us a TVPRA update. Keep up the great work and make sure to call Congress http://bit.ly/passtvpra

Important TVPRA update!!

chasing dandelions...: confessions of a livestream host

actsfellows:

Humidity is from the devil.

As I ran around Tuesday morning setting up tables, running wires, testing the internet I cursed my beloved east coast under my breath for this awful muggy heat. And as 10am crept closer I sat down, the definition of a ‘hot mess’, and chugged some…

TVPRA: Keeping a Law That Works [Call In Day #2]

[Source: World Vision]


Debating the effectiveness of laws is a tradition as old as our nation itself. But I want to share a story that illustrates how one law is accomplishing exactly what it was passed to do.

From 2003 to 2007, the owners of the U.S. company Global Horizons trafficked more than 600 Thai workers to U.S. soil. The company lured the men with promises of high-paying agricultural jobs.

When the men arrived after having paid exorbitant recruitment fees, their passports and immigration papers were taken from them. Instead of receiving high-paying jobs, the men were forced to work on farms in Washington state and Hawaii to pay off the “debt” they were told they incurred.

In 2007, the owners of the company were arrested. The victims were referred to service providers, who handled everything from medical care and legal services to making arrangements for those who wanted to return home. In June 2011, the eight defendants in the Global Horizons case were convicted of their crimes.

The arrest, prosecution, and sentencing of these criminals, as well as the services provided to the victims, would not have been possible without the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).

Prevent, protect, prosecute
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 is the largest piece of human-rights legislation in U.S. history. It created the first comprehensive federal law to address human trafficking and modern-day slavery, targeting both the domestic and international dimensions of this crime. The law has a three-pronged approach:

  • Prevent vulnerability
  • Protect survivors
  • Prosecute human traffickers

Enhancements to the law

Because the methods of perpetrators constantly evolve, the law must also evolve. This is why the TVPA must be renewed every few years.

The original legislation from 2000 was reauthorized through the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Acts (TVPRA) of 2003, 2005, and 2008. Each time the bill was reauthorized, innovations and improvements were added.

The Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2011, as introduced by the Senate, makes some improvements that will better assist human trafficking victims, prosecutors, and law-enforcement agencies. Some of the key improvements include:

Encouraging partnerships between the U.S. government and private entities to ensure that U.S. citizens do not use goods or materials produced using labor from human trafficking victims

  • Providing technical assistance to other countries to investigate labor recruitment centers where trafficking victims may be recruited
  • Establishing child protection compacts between the United States and other countries to prevent the exploitation and abuse of children
  • Strengthening the enforcement of child exploitation laws against U.S. citizens living abroad who participate in such crimes
  • Protecting possible witnesses, informants, and threatened family members of trafficking victims

Time for reauthorization

The current TVPRA expires on September 30, 2011. If Congress does not pass an updated bill, all of the tools that brought the owners of Global Horizons to justice will be gone as of October 1.

Over the past decade, we have made significant strides toward identifying human trafficking victims, prosecuting traffickers, and creating partnerships here in the United States and around the globe to combat this crime. Congress needs to act now to ensure that we build on these gains, not let them expire.

Lending your voice to make phone calls to your members of Congress can mean the difference between our country leading the fight against human trafficking, or giving up. Tell your elected officials that the United States needs to lead the fight against modern-day slavery around the world, and here at home.

ACT NOW: Call your Represenatives to make sure they pass the TVPA and join the Call-in to Stop Child Slavery on September 27th!

Interesting approach…not sure how I feel about this…but I would like to know what kind of impact this campaign has been having. 

Interesting approach…not sure how I feel about this…but I would like to know what kind of impact this campaign has been having. 

drvonskillet:

Early, Discounted Registration is open for 2011 Ride Run Walk 4 Love to benefit Love146! Ride, Run, Walk 4 Love is upstate New York’s largest fundraising and awareness event for Love146.  Join with more than 400 fellow abolitionists led by Love146 founder Rob Morris on Saturday 9/24/11 in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Ride your bike 15, 30, or 50 miles over the country roads in the rolling hills of Saratoga County.  Run or walk the 5k course in beautiful Saratoga Spa State Park.  Teach your children about justice and mercy by participating with them in the one mile kids’ ride. Participants are asked to raise at least $146 for Love146 using a custom web page we help you create. (There is no fundraising minimum for kids.)  Pull your friends together in a collective effort on a RRW4L “Team.”  There will be great prizes and gifts for our top fundraisers. Discounted registration ends 8/15 so register today and save up to $10 per person!  Registration includes lunch from our new Corporate SponsorDinosaur BBQ , and a RRW4L T-shirt and goodie bag. Click here to see a short film from the 2010 Event. We look forward to having you join us for the 2011 Ride, Run Walk 4 Love.
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Still time to register!

Signs of a Trafficking Victim

cynthiavankleeck:

A couple of weeks ago a very good friend of mine asked for a list of ways to tell if someone is a victim of human trafficking. I promised a blog on it, and so here it is. It is very difficult sometimes to tell if a person is a victim; victims of domestic servitude are even harder to identify because they are often kept under lock and key, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make a difference and help them if we see something. When I spoke to Spirit Creek Middle School about trafficking, I told them that the best thing to do if you see something that seems fishy is to report it to the National Trafficking Hotline, which is 1-888-3737-888. Here is a list of signs of a potential victim of human trafficking:

Victims are often kept out of sight and are afraid to reach out for help. According to the Polaris Project, the following may be signs that someone may be a victim of trafficking: 

  • Workers who have had their ID, passport, or documents taken away
  • Workers who show signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
  • Workers who show signs of emotional abuse
  • Workers who are being threatened by or are in debt to their boss
  • Workers who are under 18 and are involved in the commercial sex industry
  • Workers who are not free to leave or come and go from their place of work as they wish
  • Workers who don’t seem to be receiving payment

If you think you see a human trafficking situation, you should ask the potential victim the following questions. These questions were compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Can you leave your job or situation if you want?
  • Can you come and go as you please?
  • Have you been threatened if you try to leave?
  • Have you been physically harmed in any way?
  • What are your working or living conditions like?
  • Where do you sleep and eat?
  • Do you sleep in a bed, on a cot, or on the floor?
  • Have you ever been deprived of food, water, sleep, or medical care?
  • Do you have to ask permission to eat, sleep, or go to the bathroom?
  • Are there locks on your doors and windows so you cannot get out?
  • Has anyone threatened your family?
  • Has your identification or documentation been taken from you?
  • Is anyone forcing you to do anything that you do not want to do?

*Taken from http://www.nyc.gov/html/endht/html/trafficking/trafficking.shtml 

The biggest manipulation device used by traffickers and slave holders is fear. If you see someone who may fit the description of a trafficking victim and are visibly afraid, then this a huge sign that they could be exploited. The victims that are most visible are underage prostitutes, but they are often hidden as well. Being aware of the people around you can make a huge difference in rescuing someone from trafficking.

Pimping is not cool. A pimp is a wife beater, rapist, murderer, child-molester, drug dealer, and slave driver rolled into one.

restorefreedom:

Here’s a look at Restore’s first safe house in New York, just opened last year.

Support freedom at www.restorenyc.org