Doing the something I can do

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.  
~ Helen Keller

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January 9, 2013 · 10:51 pm

The Complexities of Reabolishing Slavery Worldwide

http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2012/03/world/mauritania.slaverys.last.stronghold/

The above article from CNN focuses on slavery in Mauritania but addresses issues that are worldwide. It is masterful at personalizing the plague of modern day slavery and pointing out the complex issues found in trying to address the practices, beliefs, and customs that are sometimes centuries old.

I’m an American–a privileged, white American–who has a difficult time wrapping my head around the idea that someone would not jump at the chance to be free. But this article helped me realize that it is not so very different from when I was a child, trapped by abuse, not knowing there was anything better out there, afraid to trust, believing that anyone who offered help might only make things worse. I listened to the people in this article, and I heard bits of myself. Now that I’m free, I can see it so clearly, just as the former slaves in this article do.

Modern slavery and human trafficking are complex, multi-dimensional problems, but we have to keep fighting for the sake of those not yet free and those who don’t even realize there is something better out there.

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Tim Matsui, the Genesis Project, and Seattle’s underage sex workers

I have followed photojournalist, Tim Matsui, and his work with the Alexia Foundation for about nine months. It was in his articles I first learned of the Genesis Project, an outreach to underage sex workers in the Seattle area, to help them leave the life or at least give them shelter and care for a time. It was started by a police officer who wanted to help rather than just arrest these kids. I’m excited to see their stories in this documentary.

Coming Soon: “The Long Night” – A Feature-Length Documentary by Tim Matsui & MediaStorm.

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From foster care into the sex trade

The article in the link below from Traffick Alerts brings up a lot of important issues connected with Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and the foster care/social service system. There are no easy answers but something has to be done about criminalizing a child victim who has already been crushed by being sold and exploited. Should they be further traumatized, labeled, and carry a criminal record for life? What is our responsibility as a society?

From foster care into the sex trade.

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Human trafficking: the numbers

jdabbas:

I’m a visual learning. I find charts and graphs an easier way to grasp unimaginable numbers. I think these charts do a good job, though focused mostly on EU and UK.

Originally posted on News on Modern Day Slavery:

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Polaris Project and Global Technology

Amazing to see how technology can help battle human trafficking.

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I Want to Close My Eyes, but I Can’t

I’ve gotten several emails from menapat.org about the issue of child pornography on Facebook and, frankly, I just haven’t taken the time to read the articles and watch the video. I’m sick this morning, so I have time. I went to an article first: http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/international/the-man-who-wants-to-sue-facebook. I even read the comments, and like others there, I would love to close my eyes and believe these things don’t happen or this Raymond Bechard is just sensationalizing, etc. One of the commenters recommended watching the video I’ve attached below, so I did. In it, Pippa Jones interviews the executive director of Menapat, Men Against Pornography and Prostitution, http://menapat.org, Raymond Bechard. It is a very level-headed interview, informative and eye-opening, including steps of action. For those of us who are taking a stand against human trafficking, this is just one more piece. Please watch and do what you can.

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Human Trafficking Awareness for Students in Qatar

jdabbas:

Wonderful to see children so young being taught what to watch for. This is how we change the future.

Originally posted on News on Modern Day Slavery:

Children are introduced to concepts of human trafficking at a school.

Children are introduced to concepts of human trafficking at a school

Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking (QFCHT) has conducted a special programme for school students in Qatar to introduce them to the concepts of human trafficking.
The programme, “We are all humans”, targets school students of different ages to raise their awareness about the types and causes of human trafficking, related legislations and agreements, and the current stand of Qatar on the issue. It also aims at introducing them to the role and tasks of QFCHT in addressing such phenomena.
The programme was initially launched in three local independent schools of kindergarten, primary and preparatory stages, where a team of QFCHT spent a complete school day with students.
The team distributed pamphlets among the students that contain simplified information on human trafficking related issues and engaging exercises as well.
The team conducted various competitions and quizzes to encourage children…

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