STOP THE TRAFFIK is an NGO that works to prevent human trafficking and exploitation by building resilient communities across the world. Click link below to access this labor slavery and exploitation paper.
• The day after the HTRU unit was formed, Peace and Justice members met with John Temple, Chief of newly formed New York County District Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Response Unit (HTRU) to discuss his work and trafficking in NYC. John will be on the panel at the Oct 23rd St. Aloysius Forum (see details under “Upcoming Events/Advocacy) .
October 1, 2014 Press Release
NY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY OFFICE ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESPONSE UNIT
On the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the expansion of the Office’s Human Trafficking Program into the Human Trafficking Response Unit (HTRU). Housed within the Office’s Special Victims Bureau in the Manhattan Family Justice Center, HTRU investigates and prosecutes sex and labor trafficking cases, and provides support for victims and their families in partnership with advocacy groups. The Unit also works to identify victims in cases that may involve elements of trafficking from hundreds of street arrests that are screened and prosecuted by other areas of the Office, such as the Domestic Violence Unit.
Read the full press release at: October 1, 2014 Press Release
• Members of the Peace and Justice Committee attended the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition meeting on September 18th and learned of a multitude of initiatives underway and planned. Among other things, Peace and Justice was introduced to the End Trafficking project of the US Fund for UNICEF. The initiative aims to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities to take meaningful action to help protect children. The End Trafficking project works in partnership with individuals and groups to bring us closer to the day when there are ZERO exploited children. Through awareness campaigns, PSAs, presentations, panel discussions, workshops, take-action trainings, movie screenings, Google hangouts, and facilitated discussions, End Trafficking raises awareness about the issue of human trafficking, specifically about the fact that it is happening here in the U.S.. End Trafficking has developed resources to help educate youth and adults alike on the problem of human trafficking, and on what actions they can take to help combat it.
Please read these two PDF’s on facts of human trafficking.
• Mary Magdalene Prayer Service in July of 2014; sponsored by It was the Women Who Stayed and the Xavier Young Adults. Service emphasized the toll of trafficking and exploitation of the vulnerable.
• Winifred Doherty, RGS, presentation in the Mary Chapel in January 2014 about modern slavery/human trafficking, its insidious nature and its reach around the world and in New York City.
• Information and Training sessions throughout the summer