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Thank you for being an abolitionist!! We have lots of news to share this month!
I sent the following legislative update out recently, and it is even more critical that we respond immediately.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 expires this month.
Many of you have heard me and others refer to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 as the foundation for anti-human trafficking efforts in the United States. It provides for the protection of human Trafficking victims and the prosecution of the human traffickers.This legislation has been reauthorized several times, most recently in 2008.
It will expire this month, September 2011, if it is not reauthorized.
Senator Patrick Leahy has introduced the TVPRA of 2011 (Trafficking Victims Protection Reathorization Act of 2011).
There are several co-sponsors, but neither of our North Carolina Senators are currently co-sponsors.
Would you please show your support for this legislation by telling your Senators to co-sponsor (or at least to vote in support of) this bill?
There are three ways you can help:
1. Click here to endorse the bill
on POPVOX, which is a web tool that tracks support of and opposition to all bills before the Congress, and informs the Senators and Representatives which organizations support which bills. It shows exactly how many people endorse or oppose each bill.
2. Email and call your Senators directly:
Senator Kay Hagan
|H.R. 1981: Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011
This legislation is intended to make it easier for law enforcement to prosecute internet users who watch child pornography. Watching child pornography is illegal, and this legislation gives law enforcement the tools it needs to arrest the perpatrators.
- Click Here to let legislators know that you support laws to protect children.
Are you a state employee?
Or, do you have family and/or friends who are?
If so, please consider sup
porting our abolitionist activities by donating through your payroll deduction plan:
Our number is 1812.
We will be grateful for your participation!
Please forward this if you have friends who are state employees.
Brennan Thornton began his internship with us August 23. He is an ECU student who will graduate in December with a degree in Public Health, with a concentration in Community Health. He will be working with us full-time this semester.
He will soon be available to speak to groups about Human Trafficking. Please send an email if you would like for him to speak to your group.
Fair Traders at
Come visit us
at the Umbrella Market!
Five Points Plaza
(Corner of Evans and 5th,
Modeling bracelets made by
Survivors of Human Trafficking
We'll have Fairly Traded
purses and baskets from Cambodia,
silk scarves from Thailand,
and gift items from
all over the world!
From our friends at the Umbrella Market:
Enjoy local produce, meat, cheese, and handmade goods. There will be craft brew from Duck-Rabbit and live music from local musicians.
Fair Traders at
Spring Run Market
is a project of
ENC Stop Human Trafficking.
Sales from Fair Trade products support human trafficking survivors,
people vulnerable to being trafficked,
and local Human Trafficking education efforts.
Shopping you can feel good about!
The next Spring Run Market:
Saturday, September 17, 10am to 1 pm
The Spring Run Market will be at the Arlington Village Parking lot.
Human Trafficking Events
in North Carolina
September 7: Brown Bag Film Series: "The Wire"
12pm to 1:30pm
In honor of the 2011 Frank Porter Graham Lecture, presented by writer/producer David Simon, our September screening will feature two episodes from Simon's series, The Wire, that highlight one of the CWC's key issues, the eradication of sex trafficking. The second season of the award-winning drama examines the plight of the blue-collar urban working class as exemplified by stevedores in the city port of Baltimore, as some of them get caught up in smuggling drugs and other contraband inside the containers that their port receives. Episodes 1 and 2 focus on Port Police Officer "Beadie" Russell's discovery of a container holding the bodies of over a dozen young women inside. Co-sponsored by the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence and the Carolina Women's Center. For more information, contact Elissa Zellinger [firstname.lastname@example.org].
September 7: Screening of the movie "Trade"
Varsity Theatre on Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC
Donations of $10 will be accepted to get in the door.
September 8: ENC Stop Human Trafficking NOW Volunteer Training
Jarvis Memorial UMC Chapel
510 S Washington Street
September 12: Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting
Alice Keene Building
4561 County Home Road
September 14: Webinar Training
"Engaging Volunteers in Anti-Trafficking Outreach"
2pm to 3pm
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hosting a series of free, online WebEx training sessions on a variety of topics related to human trafficking. The information session on Wednesday, September 14, will focus on engaging volunteers in anti-trafficking outreach and address the following:
-Best practices for engaging community volunteers;
-How to mobilize and train student volunteers; and
-Challenges in working with volunteers.
September 15: Training-How to Identify a
Human Trafficking Victim
Jarvis Memorial UMC Chapel
510 S Washington St, Greenville, NC
September 23-25: Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for
Victims of Sex Trafficking Resources available: www.traffickingprayerandfasting.org
October 22, 10am: Walk to Stop Human Trafficking NOW
Greenville Town Common
Register at www.encstophumantrafficking.org
NC Human Trafficking Info
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, along with 45 other state attorneys general are calling on backpage.com to remove human trafficking ads from its website.
"Websites must not be allowed to turn a blind eye to those who profit from the abuse of children," Cooper said.
Polaris Project has created a
"Human Trafficking Report Card" for each state.
You can click on any state to see how many calls the National Hotline has received from that state.
Petitions- Let your voice be heard!
Urge NBC Leadership to Stop Production of
"The Playboy Club"
NBC intends to air a new series called "The Playboy Club" on regular network television during primetime. By doing so, NBC is contributing to and promoting an already oversexualized culture.
NBC and Playboy are just days away from exploiting women and promoting pornography on the public airways, but we are increasing the pressure to stop "The Playboy Club." ASK EVERYONE YOU KNOW to send letters to NBC leadership and top NBC advertisers at www.CloseTheClubOnNBC.com.
Please join me in sending a message to NBC that this is not the type of programming we will watch or support.
(By clicking on this link you are able to send a standard message to NBC Network Affiliates & CEO Stephen Burke)
Below is the response I received from NBC:
"'The Playboy Club' is a sophisticated series about the transitional times
of the early 1960s and the complex lives of a group of working-class women.
The Chicago-based Playboy Club was where the decade's biggest mobsters,
politicians and entertainers all came together, creating an exciting
backdrop for what we think will be a compelling hour of television each week
starting in the fall. The content of 'The Playboy Club' will be consistent
with broadcast network standards and the show will carry an appropriate
Vice President/ General Manager
Stop Wyndam Hotel Staff from Supporting Child Sex Trafficking in Wyndham Hotels
From 2006-2011, the Crips gang in San Diego ran a child sex trafficking ring of at least 16 girls out of several hotels. 2 of the properties on which many instances of child sex trafficking took place were a Howard Johnson in Escondido, California, and a Travelodge in San Diego, California, both of which are owned by the Wyndham group.
The Wyndham Hotel Group needs to sign the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. Ask them to sign today.
At the Howard Johnson, hotel staff not only neglected to take any action to protect the long parade of children who were being ushered in to be raped, but the Travelodge staff actually assisted the pimps. 2 members of the staff let the gang members to use the hotel computer to post online ads advertising sex with minors. They also knowingly rented rooms for use in prostitution, charged higher room rates for rooms to be used for child sex trafficking, pocketed thedifference in fees, and warned the pimps if police were nearby.
That fact that Wyndham hotel employees took an active part in a child sex trafficking ring shows a desperate an immediate need for better child protection policies at Wyndham Hotels.
Wyndham does have a child protection policy, which specifically takes a stand against commercial sexual exploitation and requires staff training. However, this clearly failed at these two properties. That's likely because such a policy is unenforceable when no outside organization is involved. Wyndham needs a real child protection policy in place, and they need it now.
Victory! Wyndham Signs Code of Conduct to Prevent Child Sex Trafficking
Wyndham Hotel Group will become the third major US Hotel company, along with Carlson Companies and Hilton Worldwide, to sign The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. Wyndham's decision to sign The Code comes after 14,000 travelers signed a petition on change.org, the world's fastest growing social action platform.
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