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1 Be generous & you will be prosperous. Help others & you will be helped. / Proverbs 11.28 Border to Border The Human Rights Challenge Here and Abroad Presented by: the Sisters of St. Dominic at Caldwell, NJ the Sisters of St. Dominic at Caldwell, NJ and STM Public Discipleship Ministry

2 Be generous & you will be prosperous. Help others & you will be helped. / Proverbs 11.28 Human Trafficking, a global problem An estimated 50,000 women & children are trafficked into the US every year.An estimated 50,000 women & children are trafficked into the US every year. The largest # of people trafficked into the US come from East Asia and the PacificThe largest # of people trafficked into the US come from East Asia and the Pacific The next highest #’s come from Latin America and from Europe and EurasiaThe next highest #’s come from Latin America and from Europe and Eurasia (US Dept of Justice, Health & Human Services, State, Labor, Homeland Security, Agriculture, and the US Agency for Int’l Development 2004. Assessment of US Gov’t Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Wash, DC: US Dept of Justice.)(US Dept of Justice, Health & Human Services, State, Labor, Homeland Security, Agriculture, and the US Agency for Int’l Development 2004. Assessment of US Gov’t Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Wash, DC: US Dept of Justice.)

3 Be generous & you will be prosperous. Help others & you will be helped. / Proverbs 11.28 Think it’s not happening here? Think again. Summer 2004, 60 Peruvian victims of sex trade were found in Long Island,Summer 2004, 60 Peruvian victims of sex trade were found in Long Island, Similar cases in Texas with African choir boys,Similar cases in Texas with African choir boys, Also in Oklahoma with Indian factory workers,Also in Oklahoma with Indian factory workers, Same in California with Asian women & children sold into prostitution,Same in California with Asian women & children sold into prostitution, Occurring as well in Maryland, with African servants kept as slaves by medical doctors & members of foreign embassies,Occurring as well in Maryland, with African servants kept as slaves by medical doctors & members of foreign embassies, Here in NJ with Mexican children in a brothel,Here in NJ with Mexican children in a brothel, Also in Florida with Honduran migrant farm workers, and inAlso in Florida with Honduran migrant farm workers, and in NYC with Mexican deaf-mutes forced to peddle trinketsNYC with Mexican deaf-mutes forced to peddle trinkets

4 Be generous & you will be prosperous. Help others & you will be helped. / Proverbs 11.28 Catholic Social Teaching Life and Dignity of the Human PersonLife and Dignity of the Human Person Call to Family, Community and ParticipationCall to Family, Community and Participation Rights and ResponsibilitiesRights and Responsibilities Option for the Poor and VulnerableOption for the Poor and Vulnerable The Dignity of Work and the Rights of WorkersThe Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers SolidaritySolidarity Care for God’s CreationCare for God’s Creation

5 Be generous & you will be prosperous. Help others & you will be helped. / Proverbs 11.28 Some Hard Facts Child sexual trafficking is a $10 billion industry worldwideChild sexual trafficking is a $10 billion industry worldwide Traffickers are the second largest organized crime ring in historyTraffickers are the second largest organized crime ring in history This issue affects more than 2 million children around the world & more than 200,000 children in the USThis issue affects more than 2 million children around the world & more than 200,000 children in the US Between 50 – 60% of children in sexual slavery are under age 16Between 50 – 60% of children in sexual slavery are under age 16 An est. $9.5 billion in revenue is generated from all trafficking activities ($4 billion to brothel industry)An est. $9.5 billion in revenue is generated from all trafficking activities ($4 billion to brothel industry)

6 Be generous & you will be prosperous. Help others & you will be helped. / Proverbs 11.28 What can we do? Organize a letter-writing campaign – it works!Organize a letter-writing campaign – it works! Host/support Fair Trade Exchange ProgramHost/support Fair Trade Exchange Program Attend Human Rights Workshop on 3/28/06Attend Human Rights Workshop on 3/28/06 Participate in local Crop Walk – Fall 2006Participate in local Crop Walk – Fall 2006 If not now, when? If not me, who?If not now, when? If not me, who?

7 Be generous & you will be prosperous. Help others & you will be helped. / Proverbs 11.28 Additional Actions We Can Take International Justice Mission (888-456-4499)works to rescue girls from forced prostitution by working with indigenous government officials & even raiding brothels. www.iijm.orgInternational Justice Mission (888-456-4499)works to rescue girls from forced prostitution by working with indigenous government officials & even raiding brothels. www.iijm.orgwww.iijm.org The Heifer Project (800-489-5575): Buy a farm animal for a needy woman & you’ll give her the resources to support herself. www.heifer.orgThe Heifer Project (800-489-5575): Buy a farm animal for a needy woman & you’ll give her the resources to support herself. www.heifer.org www.heifer.org Maiti Nepal: This organization crusades to help victims of sexual trafficking. Sponsor a victim, make a donation, or just find out more info: www.maitinepal.orgMaiti Nepal: This organization crusades to help victims of sexual trafficking. Sponsor a victim, make a donation, or just find out more info: www.maitinepal.orgwww.maitinepal.org UNICEF supports children around the world through advocacy, education, volunteering & fundraising: visit www.unicel.org or call 1-800-FOR-KIDS (1-800-367-5437)UNICEF supports children around the world through advocacy, education, volunteering & fundraising: visit www.unicel.org or call 1-800-FOR-KIDS (1-800-367-5437) www.unicel.org

8 Be generous & you will be prosperous. Help others & you will be helped. / Proverbs 11.28 What Else Can Be Done? Increase poverty-focused development assistanceIncrease poverty-focused development assistance Encourage congressional support of agricultural & business development in less developed countriesEncourage congressional support of agricultural & business development in less developed countries Support Debt Cancellation measures for foreign countries least able to repay such obligationsSupport Debt Cancellation measures for foreign countries least able to repay such obligations Urge smart use of government-held food reservesUrge smart use of government-held food reserves Designate at least 10% of our exportable food for concessionary sales or grants to food-short nationsDesignate at least 10% of our exportable food for concessionary sales or grants to food-short nations

9 Be generous & you will be prosperous. Help others & you will be helped. / Proverbs 11.28 Local Congressional Contact Info Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D)Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D) One Gateway Center, 23 rd Floor One Gateway Center, 23 rd Floor Newark, N.J. 07102 Newark, N.J. 07102 Phone: 973-639-8700 Phone: 973-639-8700 Senator Robert Menendez (D)Senator Robert Menendez (D) One Gateway Center, Suite 100 One Gateway Center, Suite 100 Newark, N.J. 07102 Newark, N.J. 07102 Phone: 973-645-3030 Phone: 973-645-3030

10 Be generous & you will be prosperous. Help others & you will be helped. / Proverbs 11.28 Spreading the Word….. Follow the progress of human trafficking reform in your local newspaper and periodicals,Follow the progress of human trafficking reform in your local newspaper and periodicals, Share this information with others,Share this information with others, Encourage friends, relatives & fellow citizens to also write to their local congressional contacts,Encourage friends, relatives & fellow citizens to also write to their local congressional contacts, And remember, it is said the greatest harm to humanity is when good people do nothing.And remember, it is said the greatest harm to humanity is when good people do nothing.

11 Be generous & you will be prosperous. Help others & you will be helped. / Proverbs 11.28 One Last Thought….. Knowledge is like a garden.Knowledge is like a garden. If it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested. (African Proverb)If it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested. (African Proverb)

12 Be generous & you will be prosperous. Help others & you will be helped. / Proverbs 11.28 Reading Resources / Reference Bibliography “DESPAIR”, by Ed Vulliamy, Amnesty International, Winter 2005“DESPAIR”, by Ed Vulliamy, Amnesty International, Winter 2005 “Preying on the Margins”, by Mary Ellen Dougherty, 1/30/06 issue of America“Preying on the Margins”, by Mary Ellen Dougherty, 1/30/06 issue of America “United Nations Reform and Human Rights”, by Silvano M. Tomasi, 9/12/05 issue of America“United Nations Reform and Human Rights”, by Silvano M. Tomasi, 9/12/05 issue of America “What Carried the Girls Away”, by Eve Conant, Idea Lab, 2/12/06 issue of NY Times Magazine,“What Carried the Girls Away”, by Eve Conant, Idea Lab, 2/12/06 issue of NY Times Magazine, “The End Of Poverty”, author, Jeffrey D. Sachs“The End Of Poverty”, author, Jeffrey D. Sachs “How To End Poverty”, 3/14/05 issue of Time magazine“How To End Poverty”, 3/14/05 issue of Time magazine

13 Be generous & you will be prosperous. Help others & you will be helped. / Proverbs 11.28 Additional Resources on the Web Additional Resources on the Web www.congress.orgwww.congress.orgwww.congress.org www.jubileeinterfaith.orgwww.jubileeinterfaith.orgwww.jubileeinterfaith.org www.usinfo.state.gov/gi/global_issues/human_ trafficking.htmlwww.usinfo.state.gov/gi/global_issues/human_ trafficking.htmlwww.usinfo.state.gov/gi/global_issues/human_ trafficking.htmlwww.usinfo.state.gov/gi/global_issues/human_ trafficking.html www.usdoj.gov/trafficking.htmlwww.usdoj.gov/trafficking.htmlwww.usdoj.gov/trafficking.html www.acf.hhs.gov/traffickingwww.acf.hhs.gov/traffickingwww.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking www.antislavery.orgwww.antislavery.orgwww.antislavery.org www.IINJ.orgwww.IINJ.orgwww.IINJ.org

14 Be generous & you will be prosperous. Help others & you will be helped. / Proverbs 11.28 Notes and Comments In closing, now can be our time to learn more about the global human condition – particularly human trafficking, to pray that effective measures are put into place, and that there will be a greater energy and response in 2006 to better the lives and ensure the full dignity for all of God’s children.


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