Human Trafficking News and Resources
FOR YOUTH from the 2012 Reading Program
by Patricia McCormick
Though desperately poor, 13-yearold Lakshmi’s life in a small village in Nepal is full of simple pleasures. But then a monsoon washes away the family’s crops, and Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must take a job to support her family. Thinking she has a job as a maid in the city, she is glad to help. But then she learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.
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From the 2012 Reading Program
by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter
Slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight—the dishwasher in the restaurant, the kids on the corner selling cheap trinkets, the man sweeping the floor of the department store—and we meet some unexpected slaveholders. This book calls us to action to bring an end to this horrific crime.
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Women at Risk: Plight of the Rohingya
01/27/2014 According to the United Nations, the Rohingya people are currently listed as being among the most persecuted and displaced populations on the planet. The Rohingya, a predominantly Muslim community, exist as an oppressed ethnic minority in Burma, which is dominated by an Indian Buddhist population. It is estimated that over a million Rohingya are caught in a cycle of violence and poverty.The government’s refusal to recognize the Rohingya as citizens and give them identification papers makes their community more vulnerable to human trafficking, and over 30,000 Rohingya refugees are now living in aid camps in neighboring Bangladesh. Women and children are especially vulnerable to trafficking and violence.
58th Annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women March 10-24, 2014
01/21/2014 The 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at the United Nations in New York City from March 10-24, 2014. Thousands of women from across the world will be attending. As usual, United Methodist Women will be an active participant in the annual work of the commission by advocating with member states, networking and building grass-roots coalitions, and organizing parallel events, which will take place at United Methodist Women’s Church Center for the United Nations.
CBS Special: Church Response to Human Trafficking
12/13/2013 How faith communities are raising awareness about trafficking and empowering survivors is the focus of Living in the Shadows: Religion’s Response to Human Trafficking, a CBS-TV interfaith special that will begin airing on Dec. 15. Link to the UMConnections blog post.
Living in the Shadows: Religion's Response to Human Trafficking by CBSnews.com
12/11/2013 Living in the Shadows: Religion's Response to Human Trafficking, a CBS Interfaith Special, will be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 15, on the CBS Television Network. Please check your local station for exact time.
Bible Study: What We Can Learn from Daniel by Marva Usher-Kerr
12/09/2013 Daniel is well-known in the scriptures as the leader of a group of young slaves including Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah and himself. His tale is one used over and over to teach young children about faith and strength. If Daniel and his friends lived in this day and time, they would be considered trafficked persons.
Intercept the Traffickers
12/06/2013 On Feb. 2, 2014, thousands will travel to the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to take part in Super Bowl festivities. Among the travelers will be those who arrive in New Jersey by force, fraud or coercion — they will not be there freely, but as victims of human trafficking. You can act to help intercept the traffickers.
Meet the United Methodist Women of Cameroon! by Rev. Nkemba Ndjungu
11/15/2013 United Methodist Women are always dynamic, and members in Cameroon are no different. The women of Cameroon are organizing seminars, developing income generating projects and providing scholarships to help ensure that women are equipped to lead, and are empowered to implement lasting change.
Losing One Family and Finding Another: The Story of a Scholarship Student from Africa
11/15/2013 I am from Nimba County in Liberia. I am only 27 years old, but in my lifetime I have lost my parents and two siblings, lived through two wars, roamed three countries as a refugee/displaced person, and slept in streets, parking stations, market places and church yards while struggling to survive.
GenerationNext Earth Advocates by Jennifer McCallum
10/29/2013 United Methodist Women and the Scranton Center for Women’s Leadership of Seoul, Korea, joined with the Wesley Center of Japan to train a new generation of leaders for environmental justice in Tokyo, Feb. 17-23.
Serving the Nation Under Threat of Sexual Assault
10/28/2013 Women and girls around the world face violence and persecution every day. Amnesty International estimates that, “At least one out of every three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.” The high frequency for gender-based violence constitutes a global epidemic. One arena where sexual assault and under-reporting has been most prevalent is in the military.
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