Links!

Here is a link soup to kick off the new year, courtesy of Michael Kane of Washington DC.

The Action Group to End Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery
This is a U.S.-based, non-partisan legislative coalition of complementary organizations dedicated to developing a policy agenda for abolishing slavery and human trafficking.

The Price of Sugar
On an island known for tropical beauty, tourists flock to escape winter and relax with little knowledge that just a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians are toiling away in unseen plantations harvesting sugarcane most of which ends up in the United States. Cutting cane by machete, they work 12 hour days, 7 days a week frequently without access to decent housing, electricity, clean water, education, healthcare and adequate nutrition. Often they are stateless, with neither Dominican nor Haitian identity and virtually invisible in the eyes of the law. This is the story of a charismatic Spanish priest, Father Christopher Hartley, as he works to organize some of this hemisphere’s poorest people to challenge the powerful interests that profit from their work.

If you have any sites, books or articles on the topic, please feel free to leave a comment with a link and any pertinent information.

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2 responses to “Links!

  1. United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking website http://www.ungift.org aims to be an extension of UN GIFT activities worldwide. We would like it to evolve into a vibrant online community where people exchange views, showcase their work, talk about their experiences and strengthen the fight against human trafficking. With your help we can make it a valuable resource and a tool to take this fight forward. The organized crime of human trafficking needs a fitting organized response.

    United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) was formally launched in London on 26 March 2007. It is designed to have a long-term impact to create a turning point in the worldwide fight against human trafficking. 27million people are trafficked each year. UN.GIFT intends to take action against human trafficking in all its manifestations – commercial sexual exploitation, bonded labour, organ trade, camel jockeying, forced marriages, domestic labour, illegal adoption, and other exploitative work – through creating partnerships at a global level with all sectors of society.

    The ultimate goal of the Global Initiative is to contribute to ending human trafficking– estimated to have a total market value of about $32 billion worldwide. UNODC has a two-pronged strategy for achieving this goal – increasing public awareness of the problem and coordinating existing but disparate efforts by international and national groups, governments and non-governmental organizations and by concerned individuals to end the practice.

    Numerous regional GIFT events will culminate in Vienna with a Global Forum against Human Trafficking from 13th to 15th Feb 2008.

    The objective of The Vienna Forum is to raise awareness, facilitate cooperation and partnerships among the various stakeholders. It will bring together representatives from Member States, UN system organizations, other regional and international organizations, the business community, academia, non-governmental organizations and other elements of civil society. The Forum will allow for an open environment to enable all parties involved to take concrete steps to fight human trafficking, within their spheres of action.

    The Forum will be a catalyst for solution-seeking ideas and address three overriding themes on human trafficking: 1.Vulnerability: why does human trafficking happen;
    2. Impact: human and social consequences of human trafficking;
    3. Action: innovative approaches to solving complex problems.
    · It is time to join forces to prevent human trafficking.
    · Give this global problem a global solution.
    · Rally under the banner of the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking.
    · Get involved!
    · Together we can save people and put traffickers behind bars.

    Tushar

  2. I worked for a group called Projeto Trama (http://www.projetotrama.org.br/home/index.asp), an anti-trafficking NGO, in Rio de Janeiro a few years ago. Their legal team, led by a Dutch expatriate, prosecutes multi-national trafficking rings that persist because cases can be very hard to follow when they leave Brazil.

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