They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.
Due to January being Human Trafficking Awareness Month there are many opportunities to learn more and become involved.
Here are some of them:
January 11, 2013: A call-in-day to end child trafficking
On January 11, we are joining together to call on Congress to take leadership in the fight against global child trafficking.
No more congressional inaction
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) — the cornerstone of all U.S. efforts to combat modern-day slavery — created the first comprehensive federal law to address modern-day slavery in the United States and around the world.
This law works to prevent trafficking, protect survivors, and prosecute offenders. Every few years, the law needs to be reauthorized, allowing innovations and improvements to be added to adapt to the changing nature of human trafficking and tactics of traffickers.
In 2003, 2005, and 2008, the reauthorization passed Congress unanimously. But on October 1, 2011, this important piece of legislation, the largest piece of anti-trafficking legislation in U.S. history, expired as a result of congressional inaction and partisanship.
January 11 is Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Join us as we call on Congress to reintroduce and immediately pass the TVPRA.
Call your members of Congress on January 11 or before, and urge them to support the reintroduction and swift passage of the TVPRA. Use our call form to look up the phone numbers of your members, preview a recommended call script, and log your call with us.
Source: World Vision
Human Trafficking Awareness Day Panel discussion
January 14, 2013 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
at the MA Department of Public Health building Downtown Crossing
If interested email GBPAN at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gathering Empowering Action
Monthly Meetings Gathering the local Abolitionists
Thursday January 17, 2013 at 7:00pm
45 Carleton St. Cambridge, MA 02142 room 119
theme for this month’s conversation: art, music, dance: creativity in overcoming trauma, exploitation and human trafficking
Come join in the discussion! Hear from local artists, musicians and dancers about the work they do, participate in some group “therapy” and learn how we can better support efforts of prevention and aftercare for survivors in Boston.
location is right near the Kendal/MIT T stop on the red line. walk towards the Clover truck (if its still there in the cold?) and up the stairs on the right side of the street. room 119.
Raise Your Voice!
A Day of Empowerment for Girls & Women
Boston City Councilor At-Large
In partnership with:
Boston Police Department (BPD)
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 9:00am to1:00pm
Northeastern University, Raytheon Amphitheater
120 Forsyth Street (behind Ruggles T Station)
Join girls and women of all ages and backgrounds from neighborhoods across the City to
talk openly about all types of sexual violence and learn skills to empower and protect yourself.
The day will include four workshops to choose from:
1) BPD Personal Safety Training and Rape Aggression Defense System Preview;
2) BARCC Survivor Speakers;
3) Casa Myrna Domestic Violence Overview for Providers (e.g. teachers, non-profit personnel); and
4) Girls’ LEAP Self-Defense Mother-Daughter (ages 8-18) Workshop
RSVP required, please email email@example.com
For more information call 617-635-4217
Proclaim 150-Building the Modern Abolitionist Movement
Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Park Street Church
1 Park St. Boston, MA 02108
|Special Guest Speaker Blair Burns, Global Director of Justice Initiatives for International Justice Mission. Blair will be speaking at the Contemporary Service at 4pm.
And at 5:30 PM Forum: Practical Next Steps in Engaging in Justice Ministries, Jim Martin, VP of Church Mobilization for IJM.
“Come hear IJM’s dynamic Global Director of Justice Initiatives Blair Burns, who has personally been involved in the freeing of hundreds of IJM’s clients from slavery. He’ll be speaking from the same space where William Lloyd Garrison gave his famous abolitionist sermon! Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to hear from IJM’s Vice President of Church Mobilization Jim Martin on how you can dive more deeply with your community on these issues. Also present will be IJM’s Director of Justice Campaigns Eileen Campbell and Field Organizer Seth Wispelwey.”
For more information see IJM Advocacy Group
TBlitz : Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Save the Date
Saturday January 26, 2013 from 12:00m to 3:00pm
where? all over Boston!
what: a time to engage the community and spread the word!
more information to follow!