SPEAK UP AGAINST TRAFFICKING

Our SNDatUN Office is joining with Franciscans International, another NGO, in a Speak UP  campaign to gather information to be used for advocacy at the United Nations and for the development of a short video to help raise awareness of trafficking in our communities. The video will premier in New York City on March 8, 2011, International Women’s Day, and will be made available online. 

We invite you to be part of the Speak UP  campaign by telling us what your government and community are doing to PREVENT trafficking, PROSECUTE traffickers and PROTECT survivors of trafficking. Tell us 

1)   About cases of trafficking of women and girls in your community; 
2)   What is working in your community to combat trafficking; 
3)   Where your government’s policy is weak and where it is strong on combating trafficking.

Heather Metcalfe of Franciscans International is the contact person for this campaign. Please email her at h.metcalfe@fiop.org with your responses to the above three questions by January 14, 2011.  

Some important information: Data suggest that the trafficking of women and girls is increasing but many countries have yet to take action. There are 12.3 million adults and children in forced/bonded labor and forced prostitution around the world; 56% of these victims are women and girls. More women migrate for work thus becoming victims of forced labor and sexual assault. 62 countries have yet to convict a trafficker under laws, and 104 countries are without laws or policies to prevent victims’ deportation. The lack of education available to women and girls blocks them from economic advancement and leaves them vulnerable to trafficking. Many religious congregations are already working to combat human trafficking within their own countries. Let’s unite our efforts and advocate for systemic change.

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