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5 Steps to Fight Human Trafficking with a Movie Night

by Missy Dawson

110On Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, the Kids with Cameras Foundation will celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 140th birthday and the United Nations’ declared International Day of Non-Violence with a historic worldwide screening event of the Academy Award-winning film Born into Brothels. We are asking our fans and supporters to help make a difference in the lives of more children in Calcutta like those featured in the film – just by having a house party.By hosting a movie night in your house, community center, school, house of worship or other local venue, you will join our supporters on four continents already registered to host a “House Party for Hope.” All proceeds raised on October 2, 2009 will help us to build the film’s legacy project called “Hope House” – a home that will provide mentorship, counseling, and a private day school education for 100 daughters of prostitutes living in Sonagachi – the largest red light district in Calcutta. Hope House will be the source of necessary support and opportunity to provide a different future for these vulnerable young girls who have been or will be another statistic of human trafficking.

Here’s how to host a movie night: 

1. Log on to www.kids-with-cameras.org

2. Sign up on our home page to be a host of a “House Party for Hope” as part of our worldwide screening event of Born into Brothels on October 2, 2009.

3. Donate $20 to KWC to receive a copy of the film and our special companion DVD to introduce your guests to the plans and vision for Hope House.

4. Using our online event management system, invite your friends to your party and encourage them to donate to Hope House either when they register or at your event. KWC has suggested a guideline of $30 per person, $50 per couple, or $20 for students but your guests are welcome to contribute any amount of their choosing.

5. If you can’t host a party, check back on the KWC website to find a party in your area to attend. If there is not one nearby, consider making a donation to Kids with Cameras or buying one of the prints, books, or copies of the Born Into Brothels DVD available here.

Born into Brothels by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2005. A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, Born into Brothelsportrays several unforgettable children who live in Calcutta’s largest red-light district, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York-based photographer, gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes. As Ross Kauffman, said

“It was a dream of ours as we made the film to have a place for these children to learn and grow. The dream is close to becoming a reality. There is no better way for anyone that watches the film and falls in love with these kids, just as we did, to make a difference in their future.”

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

70 Years ago this month, Nazi Germany Invaded Poland crushing the Polish Army in a matter of a few short weeks. To learn more about that event, The Holocaust and Hitler’s rise to power please visit this great education resource.

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An Answer (at lest I hope)!

2661_1100785235284_1096261350_30630501_1909842_nBy: Stephanie Jira

Most of us have been a witness to something that makes us question what just happened. Maybe it was a young man slapping a woman, you think is his wife, in the face after she made him mad. Maybe it is a salon in downtown that has a parking lot full of cars but yet the sign says closed.  It could have been a child that you never see out side and does not attend any kind of schooling. It could be a little girl who does not trust anyone and is frightened of being touched. Sometimes you see or hear something that makes you wonder if everything is really all right with that person or that situation.  A feeling kind of creeps all over you and you get the idea that something is wrong.  So, what do you do? Do you stay silent and just try to forget it? Do you go and say something to someone even though you risk being wrong?  After all, maybe you just imagined it. So when do you speak up and when do you decide to stay quiet? There are some questions that can help you when you think someone could be a victim of human trafficking.

First, you have to remember that we are all human and we often assume that the way we perceived something is always correct.  No human being is perfect and our assumptions are not always right, so let’s go into these questions with an open mind and unbiased opinion. If you have seen or heard something that is bothering you try taking a step back for a moment and take another look at the situation. If you still feel something is wrong then these questions should be of some help to you.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help decide if you should speak up. Do they have any free time or are they always working? Can they come and go as they please?  Where do they eat and sleep?  Can they leave their job or situation if they wanted to? Are all the windows and doors locked so they can not get out? Do they have persistent fear, depression, anxiety, or have submissive behavior? What type of work do they do? Do they live with co-workers or their employer? Are they being controlled (rarely alone, under constant supervision or surveillance ,  isolated from family and friends, fear of speaking for themselves)? Has anyone threatened them or their families? Have they ever been physically harmed? Have they ever been deprived of food, water, sleep, or medical care? Has their identification documents been taken from them?   Do they have to ask for permission to eat, sleep, or go to the bathroom? Are they being paid?

These questions may seem odd to some but remember the definition of human trafficking and than ask these questions. So what do you do after you have asked these questions? If you still believe that someone is a victim of human trafficking get help! Your local police should be your first call. When you suspect someone is a victim for human trafficking and it is obvious they need help now. Your local police can then call in the F.B.I. and or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE the U.S. Government Law Enforcement lead on Human Trafficking has been conducting Human Trafficking investigations long before it became the issue that it is today. If you find that your local police are not well equipped to deal with human trafficking then the ICE hot line is your next best bet. Is it better to be wrong and look foolish or be right and have someone live life one more day as a slave? There is help out there for the victims but they can’t be reached unless they are discovered.  So will you stand silent or will you speak up the next time you get that feeling and have asked the above questions?  Maybe you think that you will never be exposed to a victim of human trafficking but unfortunately it is a growing crime. These questions could save and change a life

Stephanie Jira is the Little Rock Regional Director of NOT FOR SALE-AR

Law Enforcement Source Matthew G Jack

New Look and Feel

I have made a decision to move this blog from the Blogger platform to WordPress. After a month or so of working on both platforms I feel that wordpress has more of the tools needed to develop this blog and allow ease of interaction with its readers. This change is purely my personal opinion and I will still keep my Blogger page active at mgjack.blogspot.com. However from today forward mgjack.com will bring you my WordPress blog page. Thank you and please keep reading and reading the word about the fight against Human Trafficking, Sexual Exposition, Slavery and Genocide.

Slavery and ‘Slumdog Millionaire

by Ambassador Mark P. Lagon
Having won eight Oscars including Best Picture, the standout film “Slumdog Millionaire” has seized the interest of a broad American audience with its beautiful acting, cinematography, and soundtrack. Yet the movie resonates with Americans not least because of the injustice it portrays: human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
Human trafficking involves people robbed of control of their lives and treated as dehumanized commodities, whether or not they cross a border in the process. It takes many forms from migrant maids and construction workers, to brick kiln workers and seafood processors in debt bondage, to prostituted women and children. Some estimate as many as 27 million people are in this contemporary form of slavery.
“Slumdog Millionaire” accurately depicts India – for all its democratic and economic successes – as the global epicenter of slavery. The story of Latika and the two brothers Jamal and Salim is that of human trafficking victims. After they are orphaned and left homeless by ethnic violence, the children are lured into forced begging. The traffickers cruelly disfigure children to make them more sympathetic, effective beggars for their masters.
Jamal is determined to find his love Latika when the brothers escape this fate without her. He finds her in the brothels of Mumbai dancing for older men, only able to save her when his brother kills her exploiter. This is the first of many ways we see Latika trapped in the sexual and domestic servitude of sadistic, corrupt men.
For two years serving in the U.S. ambassadorship created by Congress to combat slavery worldwide, I saw the reality of slavery in 28 countries, including India.
In Tamir Nadu, I met some of the few Indians freed from bonded labor and given restitution. Provided government housing which any American would consider tiny and spartan, they beamed with the joy of freedom denied to millions of others in disadvantaged castes.
Outside Delhi, I met children freed by nongovernment activists, who marched hundreds of miles to raise awareness of forced child labor. One child I met discovered a girl trapped in domestic servitude who took her own life. Others had organized to protect children from being lured into slavery at train stations.
I toured the dirty, cramped brothels of Mumbai, seeing firsthand the fate of girls like Latika. Children played a few feet away from the beds where their mothers were prostituted. Later, I sat in my pristine hotel room taking off my soiled shoes. My head spun as it sunk in how these people — every bit as human as me and the Indians in the hotel — were stripped of their human rights and basic dignity by traffickers.
So as “Slumdog Millionaire” earns deserved acclaim, viewers should appreciate the depth of its reality. People are enslaved in India, on every continent, and on a significant scale right here in the United States. There are prostituted minors, forced migrant laborers, and even prosecuted cases of Mexican children coerced into begging here. All are human trafficking victims under the law.
As the former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to combat human trafficking, there was one thing that made the frank assessments and assistance we gave other countries most effective in getting them to combat slavery. It was sharing our own record at home of helping the victims and punishing traffickers – much good and some not. America has to be an exemplar to be the most credible leader for global human rights.
In February, I joined Polaris Project as the Executive Director. It is an opportunity to avoid human rights hypocrisy at home at the same time as we rightly fight slavery on behalf of the “slumdogs” of India and every continent worldwide.

This Blog is Evolving :-)

You all may have noticed over the last few days this blog has been evolving into what I hope will become an excellent resource for social justice issues. There is a lot of information on this page but in the interest of presenting this information for easy access I will archive postings monthly.
In the right hand column of the page I have added a “Downloads (Documents)” section. Here I have and will continue to provide access to documents and reports from Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations.
I have added “My Social Justice Book Store” which I will update with non-fiction and fiction but based on true events books and DVD’s on social justice issues. The book store is provided as a one stop shop for books and DVD’s. A portion of any proceeds will be used to support my social justice causes.
I have also added a video link to make it easier to view videos and movie trailers involving social justice issues
I am also in the process of inviting others who have written or are interested in social justice issues to participate in this blog in order to increase the value of the information provided here. Have a great day and please Remember the Victims.