Archive for September, 2012

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Slavery By Any Other Name

President Obama gave a very strong speech at the Clinton Global Initiative this week in which he identified trafficking people as a modern form of slavery. It’s a great speech, and definitely worth twenty minutes of your time. We’ve also posted a Viewpoint by Ron Ratney of ECPAT-USA, “Where are the Victims? Where are the [...]

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The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in New York City

A 2008 report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on the composition and size of the population of children exploited for commercial sex in New York City.

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EO 13126 – Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor

The Executive Order is intended to ensure that U.S. federal agencies do not procure goods made by forced or indentured child labor. It requires the Department of Labor, in consultation with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, to publish and maintain a list of products, by country of origin, which the three Departments have a reasonable basis to believe, might have been mined, produced or manufactured by forced or indentured child labor. Under the procurement regulations implementing the Executive Order, federal contractors who supply products on a list published by the Department of Labor must certify that they have made a good faith effort to determine whether forced or indentured child labor was used to produce the items listed.

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2012 List of Goods Produced by Child Labor and Forced Labor

2012 report by DOL/ILAB required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act on goods produced using child labor or forced labor worldwide. See also the 2011 DOL Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, which is a file too long for us to upload, but well worth reading.

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Bosco Ntaganda – Wanted for War Crimes

Human Rights Watch video on Congolese general convicted of war crimes for using child soldiers under the age of fifteen, among many other things. Bosco Ntaganda is wanted by the International Criminal Court for recruiting and using child soldiers in northeastern Congo. But since his arrest warrant was unsealed in 2008, Ntaganda was made a general in the Congolese army. He has also continued to recruit children to fight and has played a role in ethnic massacres, killings, rape and torture. For a full-length article on Bosco Ntaganda and the charges laid against him, click here.

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Where are the Victims? Where are the Prosecutions?

For the last several years, ECPAT-USA has been collecting news articles, press releases and, particularly, court documents that identify hotels that have been used as venues for the commercial sexual exploitation of children. By now, about 350 hotel properties have been found. This is by no means a complete enumeration of the hotels that have [...]

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A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education

A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education is a 28 minute long documentary which demonstrates the impact of human rights education. Successful practices and projects in India, Australia and Turkey illustrate the power of human rights education in transforming people’s lives and empowering individuals to make a difference in their communities.

The film is a collaborative effort between Human Rights Education Associates, Sokka Gakkai International and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Closing Remarks of Virginia Murillo Herrera at Child Labour in Agriculture Conference

Kailash Satyarthi introduces the speakers on the dais, and the first speaker, Virginia Murillo Herrera, Executive President of Defensa de Niñas y Niños Internacional-Costa Rica (Defence for Children International-Costa Rica) addresses the conference (in Spanish). (Courtesy of the Global March Against Child Labour)

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President Obama’s speech on Trafficking at the Clinton Global Initiative

In his speech before the Clinton Global Initiative on September 25th 2012, President Obama details U.S. government efforts to combat various forms of trafficking and economic exploitation, sexual and otherwise, that he calls modern slavery.

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What I’ve Been Through Is Not Who I Am

In this short documentary (produced by Witness and ECPAT-USA), we meet Katrina whose childhood as a good student in a middle class home abruptly ends when she is manipulated and sold for sex by a trafficker. Her compelling and emotional story takes us from Atlanta to New York City to Atlanta again, from desperation to recovery and success. Katrina’s inspiring story reminds us that with understanding, opportunity and support victims can become survivors.

Tunbridge Worlds Fair © Rick Scully
Going to the Fair

Last weekend, I visited the grandly titled Tunbridge World’s Fair in Vermont, which is hands down my favorite fair, even up against stiff competition from our own local Agricultural Fair on the Vineyard. It was a crystalline September day, clear, warm, golden light. Families strolled through the fairgrounds, enjoying rides, the animals, the fair food. [...]

Nearly One in Five American Households Food Insecure

Food Hardship Rate Continues to Hold Steady, Underscoring Need to Protect SNAP Washington, D.C. – August 22, 2012 – New data released yesterday by the Gallup organization show the food hardship rate for the nation was 18.2 percent during the first six months of 2012. While a slight dip from the 2011 rate of 18.6 [...]

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Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report 2012

Only one in seven of the low-income students who depended on the National School Lunch Program during the regular 2010-2011 school year received summer meals in July 2011, according to this Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) report.

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A Half-Empty Plate

A report by the Food Research and Action Center on fruit and vegetable affordability and access challenges in America.

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Real Stories of Hunger in America

Feeding America has gathered stories from clients around the country. These stories give a voice to the many times silent, issue of hunger.

Homeless Students Top 1 Million, U.S. Says, Leaving Advocates ‘Horrified’

Back in November of 2005, Diane Nilan had what she now concedes may have struck some people as a “crazy notion.” She’d been working as advocate for homeless families in Illinois, getting frustrated by the glacial pace of political and bureaucratic change, when she decided to sell her town house, buy a Gulfstream motor home, [...]

Kailash Satyarthi at Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture
Vision and Persistence

This week at Media Voices we are proud to present video highlights (Part One, Part Two and Part Three) from the International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture organized by The Global March Against Child Labour and held in Washington July 28-30. Over 120 million children labor to produce dozens of commodities we use and [...]

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Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture – Senator Tom Harkin Opening Remarks

Senator Tom Harkin opens the International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture in Washington, D.C. on July 28th 2012. The conference was sponsored by Global March Against Child Labour

Les Kettledas
Conference on Child Labor in Agriculture Remarks – Part Two

Les Kettledas, Deputy Director-General, Labour Policy and International Relations, Ministry of Labour, Republic of South Africa, speaking on behalf of Minister of Labour, Republic of South Africa, Ms. Nelisiwe Mildred Oliphant at the International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture in Washington, D.C. July 2012. He is followed by Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary of Education International, Geronimo Venegas, President, IUF Agricultural Trade Group, Constance Thomas, Director of the International Labour Organization’s International Programme for Elimination of Child Labour, and finally, Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson of the Global March Against Child Labour. The conference was sponsored by the Global March Against Child Labour.

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Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture Remarks – Part Three

The conclusion of Kailash Satyarthi’s remarks at the International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture in Washington, D.C. on July 28th 2012. The conference was sponsored by the Global March Against Child Labour.