La Fiesta del Pueblo 2014 (September 21)

Sunday, September 21, is La Fiesta del Pueblo 2014!

La Fiesta del Pueblo celebrates Latino art and culture, informs participants about local services and issues, and encourages participants to take community action. The event showcases popular folk music and art, dance performances, educational booths, children’s activities, and Latin American cuisines.

The event will be on Sunday from 12 noon until 7 PM at City Plaza on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.  For a list of confirmed participants and vendors, a general map of La Fiesta del Pueblo, and a map for free parking in the downtown area, please click on the following link at elpueblo.org/eng/la-fiesta-del-pueblo-2014.

Talking Back: A Conversation about Women with NC Policy Makers (Sept. 25)

The NC Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women invites you to lunch and a lively discussion at the Executive Mansion.

Talking Back:  A Conversation about Women with NC Policy Makers will take place on Thursday, September 25, from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Governor’s Mansion (200 N. Blount Street) in Raleigh.  The event will include lunch, social media training, and the opportunity to meet with respected policy makers in North Carolina, Representative Renee Ellmers and Congressman David Price.

Registration to attend is $25, and the registration deadline is Wednesday, September 17.  For more information about the event, please contact Maria Murray Reimann at murrayreimann@me.com.  You can also register online by visiting www.unwomen-usnc.org/nctalkingback.

Advocacy Alert: The Feinstein-Kirk SAVE Act (September 10)

Classified websites are now a primary venue for traffickers to sell and purchase sex.  They provide anonymity and accessibility to individuals trying to exploit youth.  The SAVE Act is aiming to crack down on these online classified sites.

The Feinstein-Kirk Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act (SAVE Act, S. 2536) combats Internet sex trafficking.  The SAVE Act will make it unlawful for a person or business entity to use the Internet to sell, commercially promote, or maintain an adult advertisement with reckless disregard of the fact the adult advertisement facilitates or causes a person under 18 years to engage in a commercial sex act under federal or state law.

Under the SAVE Act, websites that commercially promote adult advertisements have three record-keeping requirements:

1.  To verify the identity and age of each person purchasing the adult advertisement space.
2.  To verify the identity and age of each person depicted within such adult advertisement.
3.  To maintain such records for not less than 7 years.  These records must also be available to the Attorneys General.

Shared Hope International offers ways for you to take action in support of the SAVE Act.  First, you can educate yourself by reading about the proposed legislation in a fact sheet authored by a co-sponsor of the SAVE Act, Senator Mark Kirk.  You can ask your local Senator to support the Feinstein-Kirk SAVE Act by writing a letter.  Finally, there will be a national telephone briefing about the SAVE Act on Wednesday, September 10 at 3 PM.  For more information on the briefing, you can contact Eliza Reock at eliza@sharedhope.org.

Help us crack down on domestic minor sex trafficking by supporting legislature, such as the SAVE Act!

 

Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives Campaign (September 16)

Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives is a social impact campaign aimed at helping to end child sex trafficking and modern slavery in the US.  This national initiative is a 24-hour-long giving day that will mobilize hundreds of organizations and thousands of people across the country.

The event will take place on Tuesday, September 16, and it is hosted by Razoo.com, the fastest growing crowdfunding site for causes in the US.  The initiative’s coalition includes partners in the technology and media fields, such as the Polaris Project, the Urban Justice Project, and Walk Free.

Commitments can be made in advance of the September 16 event, and interested individuals and groups can register by visiting the Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives website.  At the site, you can also find out about possible grants administered by Razoo and awarded to non-profits whose projects combat the issue of domestic child sex trafficking.

 

The Razoo Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which permits donors to advise a regranting of their donations to qualified charitable organizations.  Razoo regrants 95.1% of its contribution to the qualifying organization as advised by the donor, retaining 4.9% for Razoo Foundation’s expenses (including credit card transaction costs). 100% of online charitable donations are receipted as a charitable contribution to Razoo Foundation, advised for regrant to your chosen charity.

Testimony to the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

On July 8, many professionals and concerned citizens gave testimony to the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension.  One such individual was Jeneé Littrell, an assistant principal within the Grossmont Union High School District in San Diego, CA.  For the past 6 years, much of Mrs. Littrell’s focus has been on the issue of child sex trafficking.

Partnered with local law enforcement, child welfare, and social services, Mrs. Littrell has spearheaded a program that deals with four major components:

  • Increased staff awareness and education on the indicators and the nature of the crime of child sex trafficking
  • Increased parent/student awareness of the risks and realities of trafficking
  • Clearly articulated district policy and protocol for identifying suspected victims or responding to disclosure from a suspected victim
  • Strong working partnerships with law enforcement, child welfare, probation, and social service agencies

Mrs. Littrell stressed that school systems across the country need to be trained on identification and response to the crime.  “In many cases,” she states, “the adults on campus are the last responsible adults to touch these young people’s lives before they are victimized or lost to this crime.

You can download and read a transcript of Mrs. Littrell’s full testimony by clicking on the PDF link below.

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Human Trafficking Prevention Conference (October 28-29)

Save the date!

October 28th-29th, 2014

Greenville, N.C.

Prevent It To End It-A Human Trafficking Prevention Conference

Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now, On Eagles Wings Ministries and Partners Against Trafficking Humans NC are sponsoring a two day conference focusing on the prevention of Human Trafficking.

The conference venue is the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville, NC.

East Carolina Heart Institute
115 Heart Drive
Greenville, N.C. 27858

Safe Shelter Collaborative wins Partnership for Freedom Challenge

On April 30, the Safe Shelter Collaborative, a collaboration between Caravan Studios, Polaris Project, and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, was named as a winner of the Partnership for Freedom’s Reimagine: Opportunity innovation challenge.  It is one of two winners chosen from more than 160 submissions from 260 applying organizations.

As a winner of the challenge, the Safe Shelter Collaborative will receive $1.17 million to dramatically increase access to appropriate, supportive shelters for survivors of human trafficking.  This project extends the ability of service providers and law enforcement to find shelter space for human trafficking survivors, and it also allows funding to place survivors securely and anonymously in hotels if no immediate shelter is available.  Furthermore, the project, piloted in New Jersey, will build partnerships and deliver training to organizations in order to expand services to survivors.

About the three collaborating organizations:  Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.  It operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), pushes for stronger federal and state laws, conducts trainings, and provides services to human trafficking victims.  Caravan Studios is the newest division of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization TechSoup Global.  Caravan Studios works with communities to develop tools that help them organize, access, and use local resources to address pressing problems.  The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJ DCF) partners with the state’s communities to ensure the safety, well-being, and success of New Jersey’s children and families.  NJ DCF provides support and services to over 100,000 women, children, and families on a monthly basis.