Information from our November newsletter

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NCCASA is excited to present a symposium on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking on Thursday, Nov. 1 in Fayetteville.  Workshops will include:

  • Youth in Crisis:  The Impact of Trauma on Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Youth
  • Media Literacy and the Commercialization of Childhood
  • The Faith Community’s  Response to Sex Trafficking
  • It’s More Than Just  Rescuing: A Collaborative Approach to Working with Trafficked Youth
  • Understanding the Lifestyle, Language, and Pimp Culture
  • Investigating Human Trafficking Cases—Missing, Runaway, and Trafficked Youth
  • A District Attorney’s Perspective: Prosecuting Sex Trafficking Cases
  • Working Towards Building A Successful  Case: What Prosecutors Need and Law Enforcement Can Do
  • Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking from a Survivor’s Perspective

 Featured speakers will include Dr. Sharon Cooper, Tina Frundt of Courtney’s House, Elizabeth Scaife of Shared Hope International, and Vendita Carter of Breaking Free.  For more information, please contact Kiricka Yarborough-Smith at kiricka@nccasa.org.

Say NO — UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign:  Wear ORANGE on the 25th.  Young people around the world want to claim the 25th of every month as Orange Day, a day for taking action.  This will lead up to the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women to be held in March.  For UN Women’s Say NO campaign, everyone – men, women, boys and girls, young and old – can take the simple action of wearing something orange on the 25th of every month. It can be a t-shirt, a scarf, a tie, a dress, slacks, or any attire you choose.  On our Facebook page, we will also put the color orange in our cover photo on every 25th.  Tell your friends to wear orange, and share your photos or Tweet about it.  As more of us start wearing the color orange on the 25th of every month, we will generate interest and spark conversations about the issue. Ultimately, we want people to start thinking and talking about how to end violence against women and girls.

 Three major milestones in the Movement to End Human Trafficking (from Polaris’ North Star blog September 28).

Number one:  President Obama Makes Historic Commitment to Fight Human Trafficking.  At the Clinton Global Initiative on Sept. 25, President Obama gave a speech outlining new policy proposals to strengthen the US government’s fight against human trafficking.  You can go to the administration’s new website, www.whitehouse.gov/endtrafficking, to read about these proposals.

Number two:  Polaris Celebrates 10 Years of Impact.  Polaris Project Executive Director Bradley Myles, and Co-Founders Derek Ellerman and Katherine Chon celebrate the Polaris Project’s 10th anniversary with Ambassador Luis deBaca, UN Goodwill Ambassador and actress Mira Sorvino, and Chair of the Vision 2020 National Leadership Council, Jean A. Baderschneider, PhD.

Number three:  National Human Trafficking Hotline Receives 60,000th Call.  The Polaris Project’s hotline, 1-888-373-7888, connects survivors of human trafficking and their allies with more than 3,000 service providers around the nation.  Polaris has now received over 60,000 calls in under 5 years, including 10,000 calls in the past six months.

 Rahab’s Hope.  Rahab’s Hope is the outreach ministry of On Eagles Wings Ministries.  OEWM’s Outreach Call Center has been operating for almost 2 years, and the ministry has released data about its calls placed between January 1 and October 4.  Through Rahab’s Hope, the ministry makes calls to females posing as escorts online; many of them turn out to be victims of sex trafficking.  Here is the data: 

Number of Cities Called: 19

Number of Calls Made: 1146

Age listed on Ad

18-20………………………………… 577 (50% of calls)

21-23………………………………… 539 (47% of calls)

24-29………………………………….. 17 (1.5% of calls)

No age listed……………………….. 13 (1.5% of calls)

Calls Answered………………….. 454 (40% of calls)

Hang ups………………………………148 (13% of calls)

Messages left……………………… 350 (31% of calls)

No Voice mail/Voice mail full. 258 (23% of calls)

Girls that returned calls……….. 190 (17% of calls)

Referrals made…………………….150  (13% of calls)

Request for follow up……………. 95 (8% of calls)

Reported to law enforcement….. 50 (4% of calls)

Suspected minor………………….. 378 (33% of calls)

Text Sent…………………………………8  (1% of calls)

Pimps answered/ Called back….. 18 (2% of calls)

Minors rescued………………………….1

Kidnapping Victim rescued…………1

Pregnant……………………………………1

 News from Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships.  Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships (HTAP) is a non-profit organization in Florida that helps raise awareness in communities.  From a recent press release, HTAP held a Modern Day Slavery forum at Hodges University on Oct. 18 and 19.  State and local experts, as well as officials from the Dominican Republic, spoke about their efforts, and HTAP unveiled its new TIPS (“Trafficking Interactive Prevention Simulation”) program.  This program, created through a partnership with the 4H Trail Blazers youth group in Fort Myers, is to teach youth and teens about the warning signs and tactics that traffickers in the United States will use to lure their victims.  For more information, you can visit HTAP’s website, at http://www.humantraffickingawareness.org.

America’s Promise.   America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. Founded by General Colin Powell, the group focuses on ending the high school dropout crisis and ensuring that students graduate ready for college and the 21st century workforce.

America’s Promise Alliance has announced the 2012 list of 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING, and Pitt County made the list! The competition recognizes communities making extraordinary efforts to reduce dropout rates and to provide outstanding services and supports to their youth. The winners receive a $2,500 grant that can be used to help fund a local program or service. Congratulations to Pitt County!

You can also view America’s Promise Alliance’s most recent bulletin, from October 19.  In it, you will find information about local journalism awards and upcoming funding opportunities.

EVENTS OF INTEREST

Salvation Army’s White Ribbon against Pornography (WRAP) Week:  Oct. 28-Nov. 4.  WRAP Week is intended to educate the public about the extent of our culture’s pornography problem.  On the Salvation Army’s website, you can find this year’s promotional flyer.  The site also contains many anti-pornography resources, including a Code of Conduct for men and Taking Action to Fight Pornography.  Via the website, you can also create your own WRAP promotional cards.

Teen and Sexual Assault—Addressing Unique Issues webinarOct. 29.  Dating violence, including sexual assault, is a significant issue for teens and young adults. Survivors in this age group may face unique challenges when trying to protect themselves from further harm. Attorneys, law enforcement, advocates, school resource officers/administrators must know how to approach these challenges and what resources may be available to help survivors. Discussion will include changes unique to teenagers and young adults and the potential legal options they have to protect themselves.  The webinar will take place Monday, Oct. 29, from 12:30 to 1:30. Register for this event by clicking on this link.  If you have any questions about the content of the webinar, please contact NCPOFFC via email at ncffc@bwjp.org, and type “Teen” in the subject line.

Transforming Communities webinar:  Tuesday, Nov. 13.  Transforming Communities (TC-TAT), Threshold Collaborative, and DataCenter are teaming up to discuss the fundamental values, principles, and methods of community-driven participatory evaluation.  The webinar “Community Driven Evaluation for Domestic Violence Prevention:  What Does it Really Take?” will explore the value of participatory strategies to end violence as a way to privilege the voice and ideas of constituents, deepen our engagement and partnerships with our communities, become more effective and strategic in our work, and tell the “story” of TC-TAT’s impact in new and meaningful ways that informs action for change.  The webinar will take place on November 13 from 2:00-3:30 EST, and you can follow this link to register.  For more information, you can also check out www.transformcommunities.org.

Ending Child Sexual Abuse Web Series:  Wednesday, Nov. 14 and Monday, Nov. 19.  The goals of this webinar series, a collaboration between PreventConnect and Ms. Foundation for Women, are to raise the visibility and level of dialogue about child sexual abuse with the larger prevention community, to build new communities that care deeply about this issue and engage them in the movement to end child sexual abuse, and to increase the level of knowledge, resources, and strategic action aimed at ending child sexual abuse.  The seventh of the nine-part series, “The Role of Depictions of Children in Media and Pornography:  Implications for Prevention,” will take place on Wednesday, November 14 from 2 PM to 3:30 PM, and the eight installment, “Prevention after Sandusky,” will happen on Monday, November 19.  You can click here for more information on the web conference and to view slides and hear a recording of the previous sessions.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women:  November 25.  On November 25, the UN General Assembly invites worldwide organization of activities to raise public awareness of the problem of violence against women.  The date marks a commemoration of the lives of the Mirabal sisters, whose assassinations in 1960 led to the overthrow of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo.  The day also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign, which also includes World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre (Dec. 6), and Human Rights Day (Dec. 10).  You can find the original resolution for and a brief history of the International Day to End Violence against Women here.

FURTHER READINGS/MEDIA

Huffington Post article.  An article posted on the Huffington Post website September 27 highlights actions being taken by religious groups in Wilmington to combat sex trafficking.  The Centre of Redemption will open in December, and it will help pregnant teens and teen moms who are also trafficking victims.  The Centre is also working with local law enforcement, setting up a toll free human trafficking hotline and will collect clothing and personal items for women who are rescued.  You can read more by visiting the Huffington Post.

News & Observer article.  Amanda James published an article in the October 5 edition of the N&O.  In the past year, the Salvation Army of Wake County has helped 69 human trafficking victims in a total of 37 cases.  The article also highlighted the FIGHT program (Freeing Individuals Gripped by Human Trafficking), in which the Salvation Army provides the opportunity to rehabilitate victims.  The N&O has posted a link to read this article online.

BBC News article.  Melissa Hogenboom published “A tipping point in the fight against slavery?” for the BBC News Magazine October 18.  There are an estimated 27 million people in slavery today—more than at any other time in history.  Campaigners think we are nearing a tipping point and are confident modern-day slavery is a solvable problem within the next 30 years, thanks to a sweeping change in terms of legislation and better regulation.  You can read more at this BBC Magazine link.

Say NO—UniTE photo essay.  The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was observed on October 17.  On this day in 1987, over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadero in Paris and proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights.  Say NO—UniTE created a photo essay dedicated to ending poverty, discrimination and violence against women and girls.  In striking detail, the essay reveals that poverty perpetuates a cycle of violence and discrimination against women.  You can view the photo essay on Say NO—UniTE’s Flickr page.

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