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Damien Caves of the New York Times discusses immigration, human trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on March 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

Damien Cave, Mexico City correspondent to the New York Times, spoke about misconceptions regarding illegal immigration and human trafficking. A panel with IU faculty members followed the lecture.

Why was he here?
Cave said that inflexible immigration policies encourage organized criminals to take over the business of helping people cross borders. He said that while illegal immigration is on a steady decline due to increased education and job opportunities in Mexico, many people are still promised economic opportunity in the United States and sold into slavery instead.

Most Surprising Quote
”The people in Congress now grew up during an era of homogeneous culture,” Cave said. “There was almost no immigration, so what they see today scares them because they don’t recognize the society they grew up in. In reality, their generation was the anomaly, and we are back to the immigration that we have always had in the
United States.”

“I encourage you, as the next generation, to help Congress get off their asses and get things done,” Cave said. “You guys know and care about human trafficking, and that is how things are going to change.”

Source: IDS News


School Lesson Plan: What Is Modern Slavery? Investigating Human Trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on March 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

Nicholas D. Kristof/The New York Times

For today’s lesson, we collaborated again — as we did last fall on a lesson about the famine in Somalia— with the Global Nomads Group, an international organization that creates interactive educational programs for students about global issues, to foster dialogue and understanding about the world.

This lesson can be taught on its own or used in conjunction with Global Nomads’ Human Trafficking webcast, scheduled for Thursday. If you are interested in participating with your classes, visit the Global Nomads Web site.

Source: New York Times

Combatant of human trafficking to speak at Iowa State

In Human Trafficking on March 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Combatant of human trafficking to speak at Iowa State

Luis CdeBaca, senior adviser to the secretary and director of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, will speak about fighting human trafficking at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Memorial Union.

CdeBaca, a graduate of Iowa State, has worked to combat human trafficking and modern-day slavery under three presidential administrations. In 2009, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to coordinate U.S. government activities in the global fight against contemporary forms of slavery.


“Trafficking in persons, a modern-day form of slavery, victimized as many as 27 million people whether through forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation,” CdeBaca said in a U.S. Department of State blog post. “It’s a crime that affects every country in the world.”

Annie George And ‘V.M.’: Slavery Through Immigration Law

In Human Trafficking on March 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Annie George, the owner of a lavish 34-room mansion in upstate Rexford, N.Y., stands accused of keeping an Indian woman in forced labor as a domestic servant in her home, making her cook, clean and care for George’s six children since 2005 for far below minimum wage.


According to the criminal complaint against her, George, 39, induced the Indian woman, identified only as V.M., to overstay her work visa in exchange for leaving the family of a U.N. worker, where she had been previously employed, and living with George.


V.M.’s case, on the surface, appears to be a cut-and-dry case of an illegal alien put into modern-day slavery.


But her circumstances, and the unanswered questions surrounding her time in the U.S., combine human trafficking and modern day slavery laws with a tangled web of immigration law, compounded by the modern-day struggles still faced by domestic workers, regardless of citizenship, to secure the most basic rights.

Source: International Business Times

Chicago police taught to be more alert to signs of human trafficking

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on February 24, 2012 at 10:35 am

Chicago police, attorneys and other law enforcement officials attend a training session Wednesday at Chicago Police Department headquarters designed to teach investigators how to be more alert to signs of human trafficking. Because Chicago is a hub for tourism and conventions, it is considered a main area for human trafficking in the U.S. by the FBI, officials said. (José M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune / February 22, 2012)

A 2010 Illinois law that defined underage prostitutes as victims instead of criminals has spurred Chicago police to be more alert to signs of human trafficking, which experts say is second only to the drug trade as the biggest illegal business in the nation.

And because Chicago is a hub for tourism and conventions, it is considered a main area for human trafficking in the U.S. by the FBI, officials said Wednesday during a seminar for police.

Investigators learned to be alert for bruises, anxious and submissive behavior, and words like “daddy,” slang for pimp. Officials say those clues might help identify victims of human trafficking.

In addition to new and strengthened laws, awareness of the problem is growing. Wednesday’s training on prostitution and forced labor, at Chicago Police Departmentheadquarters, was attended by about 300 law enforcement officials.

“Many people associate human trafficking with other countries,” said Jennifer Greene, policy adviser at the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. “But it happens here in Chicago all the time.”

The victims include children as well as adult women and men, often affected by psychological issues or factors like low income and homelessness. Those factors make them vulnerable to people who recruit them on the street or via the Internet, officials say.

Source: Chicago Tribune

!!!!! Such AWESOME news.

Human Trafficking Awareness

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on February 22, 2012 at 10:08 am

Human Trafficking Awareness


In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on February 22, 2012 at 9:35 am

Since first seeing the images of child soldiers in Uganda, the widespread issue of human trafficking has been close to my heart. There are so many injustices in the world today, but the thought of men, women and children being enslaved is unbearable. I NEEDED to do something.

Last year, I quit my full-time job in sales at CBS to begin spreading awareness around human trafficking. This decision was not based on any expert knowledge or policy background. It was driven by my desire to do something against this injustice that so many people do not even know exists. I was shocked that even some of my own friends had not heard of human trafficking.

So what could I do? I decided to take a stand the best way I knew how: through my passion for music and my work with the New York City Urban Project. I wrote a song entitled “Taking a Stand” that captures the reality of this human trafficking atrocity as well as my struggle, as an “onlooker,” to fight apathy and respond to it. I’m going to create a video every month spotlighting an aspect of human trafficking that will help educate the public on the issue.

Anti-trafficking course in Ranchi University

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on February 20, 2012 at 9:38 am

Ranchi University has become the first varsity in the world to launch a one-year postgraduate diploma course on anti-human trafficking.

The course was started on Saturday by Jharkhand State Women’s Commission chairperson Hemlata S. Mohan.

Ranchi University vicechancellor L N Bhagat said, “This is a self-financed course and will make the students employable and provide them better job opportunity. If the course continues well, we will introduce it at the degree level, too.” Many national and international NGOs and even the UN is working to curb it. Mohan said she recently met the country head of the UN and discussed the new course.

( for Times of India)

Bay Area agencies improvise tactics to battle trafficking

In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 17, 2012 at 10:07 am

Across California, local agencies have been left to scramble for limited resources and improvise strategies to fight human trafficking, a problem whose scope has yet to be defined with reliable numbers.

A high-profile state task force studying California’s human trafficking problem made 46 recommendations in October 2007 to reform criminal law, improve training, coordinate among agencies and provide better victim services. But the group did not set up mechanisms to monitor progress.

Without clear guidance from the state, nine regional task forces have sprung up in California to devise their own solutions. Their efforts have been supported mostly by federal grants. But as the funding rules become more stringent, the groups at times have been pitted against each other for resources.

“We’re competing for a shrinking pool of money,” said Lt. Jason Fox, leader of the San Francisco police’s human trafficking unit. “We’re competing with jurisdictions that are absolutely broke.”

(Jason Winshell for SF Public Press)

ManpowerGroup and Verite Release Ethical Framework to Combat Human Trafficking and Forced Labor in Cross-Border Recruitment

In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on February 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, and Verite, the award-winning human rights and labor rights NGO, released a detailed framework for combatting human trafficking and forced labor at a conference titled “Engaging Business: Addressing Human Trafficking in Labor Sourcing” in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Today’s environment requires businesses to be global and talent to be mobile, therefore ManpowerGroup has made it a priority to be at the forefront of ensuring that global recruitment markets operate transparently and ethically,” said David Arkless, ManpowerGroup President of Global Corporate and Government Affairs.  “Leading firms already commit to high ethical standards, but too many other operators exploit workers through recruitment debt, fraudulent contract substitution, and other forms of abuse.  And even well-intentioned businesses face reputational risk from unwittingly becoming entangled with unethical partners.”

Source: ManpowerGroup

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