This year 23 of our students graduated from the equivalent of junior high & high school – and ALL of them have plans to continue their studies! In a community where nearly half of students drop out by middle school, these students’ accomplishments are amazing. And so are their dreams. They have battled challenges that many other kids around the.
We all have a lot of ideas on how we can make the world a better place. Our opinions are discussed around dinner tables everywhere, but once the dessert is served and dishes are cleared, thoughts of world change are exchanged for thoughts of a warm, comfy bed. But there are some who lose sleep trying to wrestle with this.
If you follow us on Facebook, you might have picked up hints that The SOLD Project is celebrating its 5 year anniversary with a couple new film projects. We have two new films in the works. One is meant to be a short inspirational video. The other will share a couple of our students’ stories, and provide updates to show.
Big news came last week, as the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) has passed both houses of Congress and is on its way to President Obama’s desk, where it is expected to be signed forthwith. The TVPRA, which is an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act, reauthorizes key federal anti-trafficking programs for the next four years, funding law.
Last week, people from around the world stood up with Eve Ensler (of The Vagina Monologues fame) and danced to protest violence against women. From ordinary citizens, to major celebrities – even members of the European Parliament joined in the dance to combat violence against women. It was a global event to speak out against what remains a global problem (warning:.
The 2012 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons released December 12, 2012 by UNODC has revealed that 27 per cent of all detected human trafficking victims between 2007 and 2010 are children, up 7 per cent from the period 2003 to 2006. In South Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific, 39 per cent of all victims are children. Also worrying.
I don’t know about you, but we’re getting excited for the upcoming 2013 Justice Conference next weekend from February 22-24 in Philadelphia! This year, our film The SOLD Project: Thailand was selected for inclusion in the Justice Film Festival. We’ll be showing the film at 12:10 p.m. on Sunday, February 24 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 114. (You can.
At last! On February 12, the U.S. Senate finally passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. Originally made law in 2000, this Act has been the foundation for all U.S. anti-trafficking efforts at home and abroad, extending protections to millions affected by the global slave trade and empowering enforcers to prosecute traffickers and help prevent these crimes from occurring. The.
“Everybody can be great,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “because everybody can serve.” King’s legacy is one of courage in the face of injustice, love in the face of hatred, and service for the common good, and so it’s fitting that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has become known as a day of service. In fact, Dr. King’s.
Watch Obama’s speech about human trafficking at the Clinton Global Initiative here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuMk-JGcPUQ I don’t know if you had a chance to tune in to President Obama’s remarks on human trafficking to the CGI on Tuesday, but he was fantastic. Former PresidentClinton gave some wonderful closing remarks as well, which I went back and transcribed (see attached). That same day,.