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Global Impact builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people. Serving both private sector and nonprofit organizations, we provide integrated advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; as well as fiscal agency and technology services.
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization works towards bettering the world by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency, technology services and integrated giving platforms. Global Impact works with nearly 100 private sector and over 300 public sector entities to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities, including CARE, Doctors Without Borders, Heifer International, Save the Children, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and World Vision. Through these partnerships, Global Impact meets real needs with real results by supporting programs focused on clean water, disaster relief and resiliency, economic development, education, environmental sustainability, global health and child survival, human trafficking, hunger, malaria, and women and girls.
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Today, human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, after drug smuggling and arms dealing.
Human trafficking, a form of modern day slavery, generates an estimated $150 billion in annual profits.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are trafficked, the majority of whom are women and children often being used for commercial sexual exploitation and manual labor.
The ILO estimates that there are 5.5 million child victims of trafficking.
There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.
An estimated 13 million children are enslaved around the world today.
India has the largest estimated number of people in slavery, between 13.3 – 14.7 million.
The Global Impact Human Trafficking Fund brings together four of the most respected, best-in-the-business international organizations focused on ending human trafficking.
Through this fund, you will join with millions of people to change the world by helping to provide rescue and child protection programs, safe places and services for survivors and a host of other services around the world.
Your contributions go directly to supporting real and meaningful work to end human trafficking.
WHERE WE WORK AND WHAT WE DO
Puja is a trafficking survivor, now returned home. Puja spoke with Free the Slaves, a Global Impact charity partner, to tell them her story. Puja is a member of the Reflect Circle that meets in the village. Puja’s face lights up when she speaks about what the group of about 30 women has achieved. They meet twice a month, she explains, to plan how to deal with human trafficking and domestic violence in their community, to spread information about seeking safe work abroad, and to learn about new topics.
“Before we ran these classes,” says Puja, “there were incidents of trafficking happening, but now they have decreased. There were so many domestic violence cases, but we came to know how to report this. Men realized they shouldn’t do this.
“People were sending children to work as slaves in hotels, but with help from WOSCC [Free the Slaves local partner organization] we brought them home. Three were brought back—one has got married now and two go to school regularly. Earlier the traffickers used to come here, to take the children to work in circuses, but now they’ve stopped. The community has been able to put one of the traffickers in jail.
“We want to raise awareness on slavery and trafficking to stop it happening. WOSCC is supporting six children to go to school and is training women in mushroom farming, and will be giving training in bio-briquette making. This helps us send our children to school.”
Puja has also been trained to make candles as a way of earning money. She explains that an increase in the cost of the raw materials has been cutting into her profits. It used to be that the group of candlemakers could make a monthly profit of NRs 9,000 – 10,000 ($110 – $125), but now they can’t make as much. The “load-shedding” (turning off the electrical supply by the authorities in order to share electricity) means that there is still demand for candles and three other trafficking survivors in the surrounding villages are producing candles.
All content courtesy of Free the Slaves.
At 14 years old, Ragesh became a slave. Desperate to help his mother who was critically ill with tuberculosis, Ragesh took a loan from the owner of a mat-making business. He would use the money to buy medicine for his mother, and repay it through his labor. But that loan was a trap.
For 16 years Ragesh started work at 2 a.m. most days, usually lasting until 6 or 7 p.m. His wife worked alongside him, feeding the long stalks of dried grass into an old machine and knotting the ends of the mat. She also worked as a housekeeper in the owner’s home.
They had two children who were permitted to go to school in the mornings but in the afternoon had to work alongside their enslaved parents. Their tiny fingers were coarse from separating and tying the stalks of grass into uniform bundles that would later become a mat.
Ragesh and his wife received less than $10 each week, which was never enough to even feed the family of four. They were treated like machinery—no sick days, no switching tasks, and certainly no looking for another job.
Ragesh remembers a day he was too sick to work. He said the owner came to his hut, started kicking him in the stomach where he was laying, then physically dragged him to the worksite. The physical violence was underscored by humiliation in front of his family.
When International Justice Mission, a Global Impact charity partner, discovered this mat-making business, they learned that the owner employed more than a dozen other workers. Despite anti-discriminatory laws in India, a rigid caste system marginalizes the lower caste Dalits, referred to as “untouchables.” Because Ragesh was a part of this caste, he was not treated fairly as an employee like the others.
Though forced labor slavery was abolished in India more than forty years ago, Ragesh and his wife were clearly being exploited as slaves because of their caste ranking.
International Justice Mission worked with a local government official to rescue the family. The rescue was smooth, despite that this was the first time International Justice Mission has ever rescued slaves from a mat-making business, and it was the first time this local official had ever led an operation to free slaves.
International Justice Mission made sure the family spent that first night in a safe location. Ragesh and his wife received release certificates, legal documents that emancipate them from the owner’s control and entitle them to government benefits. The family is now part of International Justice Mission’s two-year aftercare program. The first step will be ensuring their home is a safe place to raise their family.
Bringing slave owners to justice in India is an extremely difficult battle, but International Justice Mission worked with the local official to file a complaint against the owner of this mat-making business—the first step in an eventual prosecution. International Justice Mission lawyers will keep following up with the case to ensure charges are made and this man is held accountable.
All content courtesy of International Justice Mission.
Rith Sok* is a 42-year-old farmer, father of four and cell church leader living in the suburbs of Phnom Penh. Once vulnerable to trafficking himself, he is now passionate about fighting human trafficking in his community and church through educational prevention.
The revenue from farming his small plot of land was not always enough to support his family, so Rith Sok often sought other jobs as a construction worker or wood-cutter. He was not aware that traffickers often preyed on workers like him, those who have traveled to find additional employment.
In 2012, Rith Sok participated in a Trafficking Prevention Program run by World Relief, a Global Impact charity partner.. This is where he learned about different tactics used by traffickers and that migration routes between countries are areas of high vulnerability for workers. Rith Sok could not keep this life-saving information to himself, so he began to teach others through his church.
Since then he has observed that people in his community have grown in awareness about human trafficking because they are equipped with knowledge. They are determined to work together to make their community a united force against trafficking. “I congratulate World Relief Cambodia, and thanks to the Anti-Human Trafficking Project…myself and the people in this community are now well educated about human trafficking,” Rith Sok said.
As awareness spreads through his village and church, the fight against human trafficking grows stronger.
About 20 miles away from Rith Sok’s home, Meng* lives in the Kandal province of Cambodia. When she was 17 years old, she found a job as a housekeeper in the bordering country of Malaysia. When Meng arrived to begin working, the conditions were much different than she had imagined. She was forced to work long hours with no pay as a housekeeper and in the restaurant owned by her boss.
Although Meng was enslaved in this restaurant, her ability to interact with patrons would eventually open the door for her rescue.
One day, a local woman visited the restaurant and began to ask Meng about her background and where she came from. The woman noticed several red flags in Meng’s story, and soon she was connected with the Chab Dai Coalition, a local World Relief partner that works against human trafficking. Meng was able to flee from the dangerous situation in Malaysia and return to her family in Cambodia. There, she shared her story with World Relief staff, who stood by her as she took legal action against her former employers. Meng is now safe at home, recovering from the experience with her family. Her family members have faithfully supported her with encouragement and care.
In Cambodia, World Relief works with several local partners and a network of hundreds of churches like Rith Sok’s to address human trafficking through preventative education and community awareness. Human trafficking in particular has flourished in Cambodia because many individuals choose to migrate for work in the region, but aren’t aware of the patterns of traffickers or the high risks of their travels.
Because of these factors, trafficking prevention is a fundamental part of World Relief’s curriculum, taught at the church-level and integrated into surrounding communities. Church leaders and volunteers are trained to identify and respond to community problems that create vulnerability for trafficking, to educate community members through age-specific programming and to advocate on behalf of victims.
*Names changed for privacy
All content courtesy of World Relief.
ECPAT-USA’s mission is to protect every child’s basic human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking. The two stories below represent the work of ECPAT-USA to educate and advocate for ending child sexual exploitation.
ECPAT-USA has created a Youth Activist Toolkit which is aimed at preventing youth from falling victim to the heinous crime of child sex trafficking by educating youth and communities about the issue and empowering youth to use their voice and knowledge-with the help of our Toolkit- to educate and empower others about the issue. We developed this toolkit with three ideas in mind: Prevention, Education, and Empowerment.
The Toolkit includes the following:
We have piloted our Toolkit in several middle schools and high schools in the NYC Metro Area and have received responses from the students, such as:
“This toolkit helped me understand that this [trafficking] can happen anywhere-even close to home.”
“I didn’t know that there are millions of people trapped worldwide in human trafficking, and that human trafficking occurs on the internet and outside.” –Middle School students from M.S. 302
The ECPAT-USA Protect Children in Tourism Project creates a child protective environment by enlisting businesses to prevent child trafficking and to educate them about how to identify victims throughout the tourist areas. It has operated in Mexico, Belize and Brazil and it has been very successful in obtaining the support of the travel industry for the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct and for broader public and private efforts to protect children from commercial sexual exploitation.
The Protect Children in Tourism Project in Mexico obtained the support of 17 associations, 39 hotels and 5 dolphin parks throughout the States, who all signed and are implementing the Code of Conduct. The main travel industry union, with 35,000 members, signed the Code of Conduct and incorporated training on child sex tourism into their standard training so that thousands of travel industry workers are now knowledgeable about how to identify cases of child sex trafficking and know how to respond to them.
The Project held two conferences for 450 university students and created a university manual on the prevention of commercial sexual exploitation.
A protocol for how to identify commercial sexual exploitation of children, what to do and who to call, was developed after extensive consultation with public authorities and the travel industry. 7000 copies were printed and distributed. A separate protocol aimed at public authorities, with names and phone numbers to call when child commercial sexual exploitation is suspected, was developed and distributed.
A one-day training about sex tourism, the new Quintana Roo criminal law protecting children from commercial sexual exploitation, and investigation techniques was provided to 100 police officers in Playa del Carmen, and another training was carried out for 35 police officers in Cancun.
Almost 2,000 people were trained throughout the region, including social service workers, travel and tourism industry personnel, law enforcement officers and public authorities.
The Protect Children in Tourism Project also sparked many additional activities by local actors throughout the state of Quintana Roo. Among these other activities:
The Project provided technical assistance to Mexico’s children and family services agency in the development of children abuse awareness brochures, one aimed at school children and one for workers in the travel industry in Quintana Roo. The agency then printed ten thousand brochures for distribution.
As part of the Delphinus companies’ activities to fulfill its obligations under the Code of Conduct, the company reached out to the Cancun football team to help with community awareness raising efforts. Jointly they designed and produced posters with a message about child protection. These posters are displayed in and around the Cancun football stadium. The company also helped create a public service announcement against sexual exploitation of children, featuring actress Paulina Gaitan who was in the U.S. movie “Trade,” was produced. It is shown in closed circuit hotel channels in Cancun hotels.
The PCT Project trained the taxi union in Playa, a Code of Conduct signee, about combating child sex tourism. In response, the taxi drivers removed their seat covers which had advertisements for the local strip clubs.
Among other things, a billboard with a message against sexual exploitation of children was developed and displayed on the main highway in the tourism district. A print campaign with the same design was also carried out in the region.
All content courtesy of ECPAT-USA.
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