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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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.
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.
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.
The People’s Global Action on Migration: A Focus on Migrant Human Rights by Tequila Minsky
10/07/2013 Held in conjunction with the United Nations High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development, the People’s Global Action on Migration (PGA) brings together grassroots organizations from civil society to highlight migrant issues. United Methodist Women co-anchored PGA and co-hosted a week of events with six other grassroots organizations, all part of an international coalition of labor, faith, human rights and migrant rights organizations working together so “migrant voices can give their concerns.”
Ubuntu Journey 2014: Lithuania
10/02/2013 This Ubuntu Journey offers a unique chance for us to assist our Lithuanian sisters in establishing a United Methodist Women organizational structure appropriate for Lithuania.
United Methodist Women launches e-book during global migrations event: available now at Amazon.com.
10/02/2013 This week, as a member of the host committee for the People’s Action on Global Migration, Development and Human Rights, United Methodist Women is co-conducting events that focus on women’s rights, global migration, human rights and more. UMW is especially active on October 2, co-hosting a series of workshops around gender justice, migrant rights and trafficking; conducting a prayer service; and taking part in a rally. In conjunction with the 8:00 a.m. worship, organized by UMW and World Day of Prayer, UMW is proud to announce the launch of a joint meditations e-book, "Seeking Fullness of Life." You can purchase the e-book for your Kindle at Amazon.com for $0.99.
Stories of Peacemakers: Japan by Dr. Renee Campbell
09/18/2013 While attending the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations through United Methodist Women, Dr. Renee Campbell, the Executive Director of Wesley House Community Services in Louisville, KY learned from international delegate Suzuyo Takazato from Japan of the years of rapes and violence being imposed on the women of Okinawa, Japan by US service members. With that, she started a T-Shirt campaign to give voice and tribute to those women and their families.
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