Protest Movement: Ferguson
When did it begin?
Who is involved?
Why is it happening?
An 18 year old man was shot and killed by a police officer while jaywalking. The town started to protest against the police for killing an unarmed man.
What impact has this made?
What has worked well?
It has brought the community together to stand for what they believe in.
What has not worked well?
Do they have the right to protest?
Human trafficking is the exploitation and trade of humans. Human trafficking includes forced labor, marriage, sexual slavery, prostitution, removal of organs and other forms of sexual exploitation.
Why it needs to be changed:
This issue needs to be changed because it seriously affects a lot of people’s lives. 800,000 people are trafficked across borders every year. Each year, 1 million children are exploited for commercial sex trade. 50% of transnational victims are children and 80% of them are women and girls. China, Uganda, Bangladesh and Haiti are just some of the countries that have high levels of human trafficking. America experiences this too as 244,000 American children were at risk for sexual exploitation in 2000. In 1999, a girl was taken from an orphanage in Haiti and was smuggled into Miami. She was forced to work as a servant for up to 15 hours daily, seven days a week. She was given no pay, was denied access to education and was beaten. She escaped in 2005 after suffering for six years. This is just one example of human trafficking and how it is crossed into America. These numbers are too high and should be eliminated.
Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement
Telephone: +1 202 693 4770
Fax: +1 202 693 4780
This agency provides victims of human trafficking with social, legal and medical services. They help give them access to food, and healthcare and assist them in employment issues. Victims of human trafficking in America that are non-citizens are eligible for benefits and services that other refugees in the US are eligible for too. This agency helps victims connect with other organizations that can counsel them and specifically address their needs. They also provide grants to other organizations that can give direct services to victims. They have awarded over 8 million dollars in grants to organizations focused on helping victims of human trafficking.
National Human Trafficking Resources Center
This agency is a national hotline and resource center for victims and survivors seeking help and services. They report potential human trafficking tips to law enforcement. This is really important because it is a resource that people can go to if they know someone in a dangerous situation and it can help eradicate the issue case by case.
The Asia Foundation
This organization aims to prevent violence and human trafficking of mainly women and children. They address the issue of human trafficking through research, education, legal aid, and by advocating legal rights and coordinating ways to bring cross border traffickers to justice. This foundation has also executed programs in not only Asia, but in Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, The Philippines, and Nepal.