NC Human Trafficking Commission Meeting (May 21)

The NC Human Trafficking Commission will hold a meeting on Thursday, May 21, from 10 AM to 1 PM.  This meeting is open to the public, and it will be held at the Governor’s Crime Commission, 1201 Front Street, in downtown Raleigh.

Here is a copy of the Public Notice of Meeting on 5.21.15 from the NC Department of Justice.  For more information about the meeting, please contact Assistant Attorney General Narcisa Woods at (919) 716-6938.

Upcoming events from WomenNC (March 25, April 9, April 25)

Here is some information about three upcoming events from WomenNC!

1:  Research Findings: NC Women’s Political Participation (March 25)

Faculty from Meredith College’s History & Political Science departments will share the findings of a report on the status of women in North Carolina politics and will announce the results of the first-ever political poll conducted by Meredith College faculty and students.  The event will address the problem of women’s under-representation in North Carolina politics and will propose solutions to addressing this issue.

This event is open to the public, and it will take place on Wednesday, March 25, from 10:00 AM to noon at the Kresge Auditorium on the campus of Meredith College (3800 Hillsborough St) in Raleigh.

2:  Global-to-Local: 2015 Fellows’ Reflections from the United Nations and the 4th Annual Carolyn King Scholarship Award (April 9)

This event will feature reflections and insights on the global status of women.  In March, WomenNC sponsored seven select university students to participate and present at the United Nations 59th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. This year’s CSW theme focused on “Implementing the Beijing Platform For Action,” reflecting on the progress made in the past 20 years since the landmark declaration was adopted in 1995.  You can find biographies of the 2015 fellowship students at www.womennc.org/un-csw-fellowship/2015-fellowship.

Also at this event, the fourth annual Carolyn King Scholarship Award will be presented to the 2015 WomenNC fellow who has most exemplified the determination and strength of conviction for social justice.

This event will take place on Thursday, April 9, from 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM at the FedEx Global Education Center (301 Pittsboro St) on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.  The event is open to the public, but space is limited, so everyone interested in attending should register by April 7 by visiting the CSW Symposium’s EventBrite page.

3:  Reading of Teach a Woman to Fish (April 25)

WomenNC is proudly co-sponsoring Ritu Sharma’s book reading of Teach a Woman to Fish.  Sharma is the co-founder and former president of Women Thrive Worldwide, a non-profit women’s advocacy group that brings women’s voices from around the world to decision makers in Washington, DC.  Her book vividly describes women around the world and how they are striving to overcome poverty.  It also calls readers to action in joining the global struggle for equality and opportunity for women and girls.

This free event will take place on Saturday, April 25, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Quail Ridge Books (3522 Wade Avenue) in Raleigh.

For any questions about these upcoming events, or if you would like to get involved in WomenNC, please contact the organization at info@womennc.org

Shedding Light on Child Trafficking in NC (January 23-24)

Save the date January 23-24, 2014!

Please join On Eagles Wings Ministries, ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now, and PATH NC for the upcoming NC Against Child Trafficking statewide conference, “Shedding Light on Child Trafficking in NC.”  The event will be hosted by the Edenton Street United Methodist Church at 228 W. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh.

Our target audience will be professionals and volunteers who work with youth in North Carolina.  Topics addressed in this two-day conference will include ways to recognize and respond to human trafficking, state legislation regarding human trafficking, and ways to collaborate with organizations who are geared toward preventing trafficking.

We will also have numerous speakers and presenters.  Confirmed speakers include Dr. Sharon Cooper of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children; detective Bill Woolf of the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department; Alesia Adams of the Salvation Army of Atlanta; Sarah Pomeroy of the Prevention Project in Richmond, VA; New Hanover County Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Roberson; Emily Fitchpatrick of On Eagles Wings Ministries; and Salvation Army of Wake County case managers Megan Hamilton and Jessica Porta.

Registration is open now until December 19, so please visit www.ncagainstchildtrafficking.com for more information.

Four pieces of legislation to consider

The Polaris Project is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2002, that works to combat and prevent modern day slavery and human trafficking.  Through its Public Outreach and Communications Program, Polaris aims to raise awareness about the problems of human trafficking.  The organization also raises awareness about any potential legislation that may be helpful in the fight to eliminate this problem.  Here are four critical pieces of legislation currently going through Congress:

1.  H.R. 2759, the Business Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act.  H.R. 2759 would require companies with a minimum of $100 million in income to report the measures they take to address slavery within their business operations to the Securities and Exchange Commission and on their websites.  This bill was sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY, 14th District), and it was introduced and referred to a committee on August 1, 2011.  It has yet to be voted on, and you can take action by contacting your local Representative and asking him/her to co-sponsor H.R. 2759.

2.  S. 1301, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2011.  S. 1301 would authorize ppropriations for fiscal years 2012 through 2015 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and enhance measures to combat trafficking.  Among many things, S. 1301 would require that each Department of State regional bureau submit an annual list of goals for combating trafficking in persons for each country in its geographic area of responsibility.  It would also increase the statute of limitations to 10 years for a person to bring a civil action against another person who had committed sexual- or forced labor-related violations of federal criminal law.  This bill was sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT).  It was introduced and sent to a committee on June 29, 2011, and it was reported by committee October 13, 2001, yet the Senate and House have not voted on it.  You can contact your local Senator to co-sponsor S. 1301.

3.  H.R. 2730, the Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act.  H.R. 2730 would amend part E of title IV of the Social Security Act to better enable State child welfare agencies to prevent human trafficking of children and serve the needs of children who are victims of human trafficking.  It would improve data collection by adding a “human trafficking” classification to the current child welfare reporting system.  The bill was sponsored by Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA, 33rd District), and, like H.R. 2759, it was referred to a committee on August 1, 2011.  You can contact your local Representative and ask him/her to co-sponsor H.R. 2730.

4.  H.R. 4259/S. 2234, the End Trafficking in Government Contracting Act of 2012.  H.R. 4259 and its companion bill S. 2234 both aim to prevent human trafficking in government contracting.  These bills would amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and allow a federal agency to terminate a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement if either contractor does one of the following:

(1) engage in acts that directly support or advance trafficking in persons,
(2) destroy an employee’s immigration documents or fail to repatriate such employee upon the end of employment,
(3) solicit persons for employment under false pretenses,
(4) charge recruited employees exorbitant placement fees, or
(5) provide inhumane living conditions.
 
This is a bipartisan action, as H.R. 4259 was sponsored by Rep. James Lankford (R-OK, 5th District), and S. 2234 was sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).  The bills were introduced and referred to a committee Mar. 26, 2012.  Please contact your local Representative and your local Senator to co-sponsor H.R. 4259 or S. 2234.