Virtual Teleconference Two

Betty Houbion

Chair

virtualchapter2@awiu.org

Virtual Teleconference 2: Raising Awareness About Human Trafficking

Through this AWIU Virtual Teleconference portal, you will enter the world of the second largest illegal industry globally and most egregious crime against humanity: Human Trafficking. At any given time, an estimated 27 million persons are held in captivity somewhere in the world, earning revenues upwards of $39 billion annually for criminals of the worst kind. Add the loss of human productivity, that is, the opportunity cost of slavery, to that amount, and we are looking at an industry of $60-$65 billion a year. Few victims of human trafficking, whether in forced labor or commercial sex, are rarely found. Until they are found, they are all missing persons.

When found, they have quite a road ahead of them to find a life of freedom. They, with the assistance of victim service providers, therapists, medical professionals, business centers, interpreters, law enforcement advocates, immigration attorneys, and others, must eventually define their own sense of freedom and navigate themselves to their own destiny. Can you imagine being stripped of all your identity? I have seen it. I cannot imagine it.

What can we do? Through this Virtual Teleconference portal, we will dialogue with experts, to be able to advocate and educate the public, and to take action in our communities. Thusly, we will seek to bring human trafficking to a screeching halt and extinguish it forever by working together as a unified creative force.

This Teleconference portal intends to raise our awareness about the existence of human trafficking and to give us knowledge of what it looks like, and what to do with that knowledge. I trust that you will join us on teleconference dialogues over the months to come. Welcome to the AWIU Virtual Teleconference portal to Human Trafficking.

Virtual Chapter 2 to Host First Teleconference with Survivor-Advocate Keisha Head on May 7 at 12:00 PM ET

The first teleconference of Virtual Chapter 2 will feature Survivor-Advocate Keisha Head. We are honored and humbled to be able to listen to her story, experience and wisdom first-hand. We hope you will join us for this informative teleconference.

Human Trafficking Survivor-Advocate Keisha Head

Human Trafficking Survivor-Advocate Keisha Head

Details:
What: AWIU Virtual Chapter 2 Teleconference on Human Trafficking with Survivor-Advocate Keisha Head
When: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 – 12:00 pm ET [11:00 CT, 10:00 MT, 9:00 PT]

Please RSVP to Betty Houbion at virtualchapter2@awiu.org. She will provide the call-in number and passcode.

BRAZIL/PARAGUAGY DELEGATION IS MOVING TO 2014

We want to take advantage of our new Partnerships with the
2012 Brazilian International Women of Courage awardee from Rio
 Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo and our new AWIU Partnership Grant to the Global Press Institute for a bureau in Recife Brazil.  The grant also supports bureaus in Chile and Argentina.

IMPORTANT CONTACT IN BRAZIL: MEET MARCOS CROSE AND SILVIA BARETTO Owners

Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza,Marcos_Croce_and_Silvia_Baretto
a coffee plantation in Brazil.  The delegation will visit in 2014.

And will visit the rural women’s cooperative Cafe Igarai near the plantation.  See the bios of the women members.

2014 DELEGATION BRAZIL AND PARAGUAY

Using two anchor cities–Sao Paolo, Brazil and Asuncion, Paraguay–the delegation will explore women’s opportunities and issues.  See the State Department’s notes on Paraguay Here

In Brazil the focus will be the new economy and ecology.

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A special interest in Paraguay will be human trafficking.

Member Betty Houbion is working to stop Human Trafficking in South Carolina.  Click to see what South Carolina is doing

Visit the Chapter Blog to see the report of all meetings as well as delegation details.

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JULY 12  US State Department signs important joint declaration with Brazil. This new initiative will be integrated into the delegation program.

Delegates will meet with diplomats, political leaders, social service organizations, universities and cultural organizations.  More information on the Chapter Blog.

SECRETARY OF STATE’S 2011 HUMAN TRAFFICKING REPORT

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This chapter will:

1. Study the countries of Paraguay and Brazil.

2. Plan the Fall 2012 delegation to these countries.

Any member of AWIU and any potential member is welcome to attend Virtual Chapter 2 meetings.