This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
HUMAN
TRAFFICKING
Trafficking is an issue that myriad of projects; simple
Soroptimists have embraced and replicable, complex and
worldwide with Awareness, far reaching. The common
Advocacy and Action. denominator of all projects is
CSW 54 gave us an excellent that SI members learned about
NORTHWEST COALITION
opportunity to illustrate our the topic and bravely did
work globally, nationally and real work toward the issues
AGAINST TRAFFICKING
locally, since 1995, when we of prevention and treatment
This coalition, founded by SI Northwestern Region, brings together
presented three workshops where few other NGOs have
agencies, political leaders, community organisations, individuals,
to audiences from around gone in ways other than
media and business supporters working to Inform, Educate and
the world. The journey our through fundraising.
Protect women and girls from Human Labour and Sex Trafficking
members have undertaken CSW attendees commented
in the Northwest Region of the USA.
in facing this critical issue, that they were impressed
Their conference, held in Portland, Oregon in January, also served
started in 1995 with our with the diversity of projects,
as a fundraiser to create a trafficking shelter in Portland. Keynote
International Quadrennial the number of countries
speakers included SIA President Cathy Standiford and Bill Hillar,
Project SIAM, through two we have worked in and the
a former Special Forces Colonel, who lost his 17 year old daughter
President’s Appeals and many commitment of our members
when she was kidnapped in 1988 in Asia and forced into the sex
different UN Events. on large and small scales. In
industry. Hillar was unable to save her. The recent movie Taken,
Interestingly, in 1995 the spite of the potential danger
starring Liam Neeson, is partially based on his story.
world community did not even of working in the area of
Jane Velez-Mitchell, host of Issues on HLN TV discussed violence
acknowledge “trafficking” human trafficking, that some
against women. She was also presented with the Soroptimist Ruby
as an issue and only briefly members have expressed,
Award, an SIA award which celebrates outstanding women who
mentioned it in the 1995 many Clubs have taken this
work to improve the lives of women and girls. Jane then invited
Beijing Platform for Action. In issue on.
President Cathy Standiford to be one of four guests on her national
the presentations, audiences SI has recently produced a
TV show that focused solely on the trafficking of women and girls.
learned that SI has taken leaflet about trafficking which
Soroptimist was mentioned numerous times in the programme.
this topic on personally and will soon be available on the
Soroptimist Michelle Bart is one of the Conference leaders. Michelle
locally, they illustrated a SI Website.
helps SIA Clubs with their websites and with media releases. Now
she is organising national media attention for
STOP THE TRAFFIK
our great organisation, Michelle is Best for
Women.
She also, in her spare time, represents families of
STOP THE TRAFFIK is a Programme Focus 2007-2011:
kidnapped children and provides investigative
global movement against the “End human trafficking and
services and public relations support to help to
trafficking of people. It has all forms of violence against
keep their children’s cases visible in local and
more than 1,000 member women”. The international
national media outlets.
organisations in 50 countries office of the campaign is in the
One of the major issues in a kidnapping is the
and a grass roots following of UK and the coalition includes
child may have been trafficked, so NWCAT is
ordinary activists around the many countries across the world,
where most of her time is being used, keeping
world. The campaign is directly most of which have Soroptimist
us on the frontlines of another war against
related to Objective 2 in the SI Clubs. www.stopthetraffik.org
women! www.nwcat.org
Winner of the SIGBI Best slavery, particularly that of Purple Teardrop pin badge,
Practice Award in Human sexual exploitation of women posters, fact sheets and
Rights & the Status of and girls and to raise funds power point presentations
Women in 2008, SI Poole has for victims in safe houses. which can be used by
Purple
been developing its Purple In excess of £10,000 has Soroptimist Clubs in their own
Teardrop Campaign against been raised and passed Purple Teardrop campaigns.
human trafficking and is now to charities specializing in Several SI Clubs in the UK
Teardrop
working in partnership with victim care. Other objectives have chosen to support the
the Blue Blindfold Campaign include making customers Campaign and this is really
and the UK Human Trafficking of the sex trade more aware making a difference and
Centre (UKHTC). of their contribution to this helping to take the Campaign
As a result, SI now has illegal trade, and to publicise forward.
representation on the a hotline number for the Glynn Rankin (right), Director
UKHTC’s National Prevention public to give confidential of Legal Services, UKHTC,
Advisory Group working information on locations spoke at the SIGBI Conference
alongside Non-Governmental where they suspect that in Cardiff in October 2009,
Organisations (NGOs) other trafficked victims are being giving official approval to the
government agencies and. exploited. The Campaign has Campaign to provide victim
The Purple Teardrop charity status in England and support and care.
Campaign’s objective is Wales. Order forms for promotional
primarily to raise awareness Since its launch in 2008, the materials can be downloaded
among the general public Campaign has developed a from the website at www.
about this modern form of range of materials such as the purpleteardrop.org.uk.
TIS March 2010 Page 5
Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10