SLIDE 1: INTRODUCTION Today we are here to talk about Love 146 and child sexual slavery. This encompasses a multitude of different issues that we can only briefly explain today. So what is Love 146 all about? This can be summed up briefly as: Child. Sex. Trafficking. These three words should never be said in the same sentence let alone be a reality, but for millions of the world’s most vulnerable citizens, these words are their childhood and their downward spiral into sexual slavery. Many are lured away by false promises, some sold by relatives, countless others abducted; all suffer an assault on their dignity, freedom, and safety.
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SLIDE 3: QUESTION: WHY ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH LOVE146? AND/OR WHO IS 146? Share why YOU got involved- your personal response. Share your emotional journey. This is your time to connect with the audience and show that it takes people like you and them to make a difference in this movement. Make sure to keep in 2-3 minutes long so that we are able to keep as much of the presentation in the time allotted. OR Share the story of #146: In 2002, the co-founders of Love 146 travelled to South East Asia on an exploratory trip to determine how they could serve in the fight against child sex trafficking. In one experience, a couple of our co-founders were taken undercover with investigators to a brothel, where they witnessed children being sold for sex. This was their experience. This is the story that changed our lives. &quot;We found ourselves standing shoulder to shoulder with predators in a small room, looking at little girls through a pane of glass. All of the girls wore red dresses with a number pinned to their dress for identification. They sat, blankly watching cartoons on TV. They were vacant, shells of what a child should be. There was no light in their eyes, no life left. Their light had been taken from them. These children...raped each night... seven, ten, fifteen times every night. They were so young. Thirteen, eleven… it was hard to tell. Sorrow covered their faces with nothingness. Except one girl. One girl who wouldn’t watch the cartoons. Her number was 146. She was looking beyond the glass. She was staring out at us, with a piercing gaze. There was still fight left in her eyes. There was still life left in this girl... &quot;...All of these emotions begin to wreck you. Break you. It is agony. It is aching. It is grief. It is sorrow. The reaction is intuitive, instinctive. It is visceral. It releases a wailing cry inside of you. It elicits gut-level indignation. It is unbearable. I remember wanting to break through the glass. To take her away from that place. To scoop up as many of them as I could into my arms. To take all of them away. I wanted to break through the glass to tell her to keep fighting. To not give up. To tell her that we were coming for her…&quot; “Because we went in as part of an ongoing, undercover investigation on this particular brothel, we were unable to immediately respond. Evidence had to be collected in order to bring about a raid, and eventually justice on those running the brothel. It is an immensely difficult problem when an immediate response cannot address an emergency. Some time later, there was a raid on this brothel and children were rescued. But the girl who wore #146 was no longer there. We do not know what happened to her, but we will never forget her. She changed the course of all of our lives.&quot; -Rob Morris, President and Co-founder We have taken her number so that we remember why this all started. So that we must tell her story. It is a number that was pinned to one girl, but that represents the millions enslaved. We wear her number with honor, with sorrow, and with a growing hope. Her story can be a different one for so many more.
SLIDE 4 Here is a brief summary about Love146: Love146 fights child sex trafficking and exploitation through targets prevention and aftercare programs. We DO NOT rescue children from brothels, though Love146 does work with law enforcement and social workers to make sure children are able to access aftercare resources. Love146 was founded in 2002. They came home shocked and desperate to do something. They started doing research, gathering information. They didn’t want to reinvent the wheel but longed to provide sustainable solutions that either didn’t exist at that time or needed much more support in order to be successful. Through this process Love146 was born. Love146 exists to end this horror and bring about restoration in lives of survivors. We have been seen as idealistic and audacious but we want this to end. Not just reduce, but end. If it was your daughter, son, brother, or sister you would want it to end? We work to end child sex slavery and exploitation by responding with with effective aftercare programs and cutting edge prevention initiatives and partnerships. Love146: Protects children by developing and sustaining targeted prevention projects in high-risk communities. Defends the rights of the vulnerable through advocacy and effective action. Restores hope to survivors through training aftercare workers, multiplying safehomes, providing therapy, a sense of family and space to thrive. Empowers survivors through education and viable employment opportunities, equipping them to transition back into communities.
SLIDE 5: QUESTION: WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING? Definition of trafficking: to trade or deal in a specific commodity or service, of an illegal nature. Trafficking in humans is modern-day slavery! However, there is a difference between the Transatlantic slave trade and the slavery we see today. For example, in the United States, a slave lived with his/her owner for life—owner was responsible for caring for the slave for life. Today, slaves are disposable people--- exploited and used only until they stop being profitable, a which point they often get discarded and abandoned. You do not need to be moved to a different location to be trafficked. Specifically, if you are a minor, you could be considered a victim of trafficking if you were being sold by a parent in your own home. Common methods of trafficking: physical force coercion ( debt relief for family, job, marriage, etc.) physical and emotional abuse rape threats against self and family passport theft Why are many people trafficked across borders? Why do traffickers bring a child into a foreign culture or region? They do it to control them more easily. Traffickers bring their victims to a place where they do not speak the language, where they have no friends, and where they are terrified of the police. The captors will easily show their alliance with local law enforcement by even bringing one in as a client. Thus, they are completely helpless, with no one to turn to. Some common trafficking scenarios: -a girl from a hilltribe in Northern Thailand is trafficked south to Bangkok or Pattaya to be abused in a karaoke bar, massage parlor, or bar, all which can be fronts for brothels. -Women and men from Ethiopia have been trafficked to Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. -Many girl children from Nepal are trafficked into the brothels of Mumbai, India. -People from Guatemala, Honduras, and Korea have been trafficked into the United States for both labor and sexual exploitation.
SLIDE 6: QUESTION: Why would any person become a trafficker? What compels a person to pursue a career in exploitation? Simple. Look at how much money you could make. The United Nations and other experts estimate that total market value of human trafficking is $32 billion a year. Europol estimates that the industry of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation comprises over half of the market. The profits from human trafficking is second only to the trafficking of drugs. Referring to slide Here are some baseline, accepted estimates for the extent of human trafficking in the world today. These are a very conservative estimate of profits traffickers earn per exploited person. Referring to slide Stats taken from June 2005 International Labor Organization Report. In Asia, the AVERAGE annual profits per forced laborer in commercial sexual exploitation is $10,000(compare this to the average salary of Cambodian is less than $300/year). In industrialized countries such as United States, the annual profit rises to $67,000. Many human rights agencies believe that using the term “forced labor” legitimizes the sexual abuse and exploitation of men, children, and women. Love146 in addition to ILO’s language would add “profit generated through the abuse of people through commercial sexual exploitation.”
SLIDE 7: HOW ARE CHILDREN AFFECTED? In the time it will take to view this slide, two more children have been trafficked. ***make sure to pause. This is one of the most powerful statistics of the presentation. Let people absorb the information for a moment.****** child= under 18 ( as defined by the UN definition) trafficking implies that someone organized the movement of a child with the intent of exploitation. movement can be across international borders or within the country (example: rural town into the city) forms of exploitation: sexual (prostitution, pornography, pornographic performances), labor (agricultural, factory, debt bondage), armed conflict, removal of organs. Love146 has chosen to focus on the sex slavery and exploitation of children and thankfully has made progress in prevention and aftercare. (ALWAYS end on a high note when talking about such a powerful statistic.)
QUESTION: WHAT WERE THE FIRST LOVE146 PROGRAMS? HOW DID WE CHOOSE TO START IN THE AREA OF AFTERCARE? WHAT DOES OUR AFTERCARE PROGRAM ENCOMPASS IN 2009? WHAT IS A SAFEHOME In 2004 we started supporting and expanding existing safehomes. We saw a crucial need in aftercare. Early on, Love146 learned from rescue organizations that thousands more children could be rescued if there was a safe, therapeutic home to take them In 2005 we hired our Director of Aftercare, Dr. Gundelina Velazco, who is an expert in the field. She now heads up our entire Aftercare program. We have completed our first Love146 Round Home in the Philippines. It opened in April 2009 and will become home for 16 girls. It is a model safehome. Aside from the home and research, Dr. Velazco also runs training programs across the region to help meet the need for effective care-givers. Love146 continues to multiply the amount of residential care facilities to address this crucial and immediate need. LOVE146 AFFIRMS SPIRITUAL HEALTH: Love146 believes it is both our privilege and responsibility to respond to the Biblical and human mandate to act on behalf of the suffering, the vulnerable, and the oppressed. We affirm that all people are created equal and unique and are equally loved and valued by God. These values are communicated to children in words and deeds, as the children’s biological, spiritual, and social needs are met. Listening to the child and valuing their perspective and their contribution to their restoration and to community is a vital part of this process. The child is shown respect even as the child is encouraged to respect everyone in their community and the wider society as well as the environment. In the process, the child discovers his/her worth as well as the worth of others and strives to become what he/she can become in society. The child is encouraged to transcend past experiences in view of what she/he can become in the future. Love146 affirms that a healthy spiritual life contributes to resilience in the recovery of children victimized by sexual slavery and/or exploitation. While spiritual life is encouraged, children are never forced or manipulated to participate. As caregivers we seek to model a healthy spiritual life too. Spiritual life is strengthened by providing a physical environment that invites study, reading, reflection, and meditation in relation to God and nature.
SLIDE 9: WHAT KIND OF CARE DO CHILDREN RECEIVE IN THE LOVE146 SAFEHOME? My idea of a safehome is where we nurse the bird’s broken wing. If we do well with our nursing, then the bird should be able to fly again and out of the safehome, and soar to the heights it was meant to reach. If it casts a glance at the safehome again, then it should be from above, among the clouds of its achievements.” -Dr. Gundelina Velazco, Director of Aftercare Love146 The first thing a child needs after being liberated from sexual slavery is a safe place. Love146 is committed to increasing the number of safehomes worldwide for survivors of child sexual exploitation and trafficking. The Love146 Round Home is uniquely built and designed to facilitate the restoration and holistic health of every child entering its doors. The approach to running the home is attuned to the needs of the exploited and traumatized child, which include both the needs of ordinary children as well as children who have been wounded in many ways, lack hope, are broken, lack opportunities and self-worth. Therefore, the Round Home is characterized by efforts to keep the child safe and well provided for, instill hope, effect healing and restoration, promote growth and development, facilitate the release of potentials, and enable the child to come full circle, liberated from their traumas and sufferings, to realize their innate worth. Built with some whimsy in mind, the building is aesthetically colorful as a child would have decorated it and therapy sessions are held in a tree house. It is a place where lives are restored and broken children can just simply be children again. * True stories of healing and restoration from the Love146 Round Home* Sharon’s* Story (name has been changed)- (Philippines Love146 Round Home girl) When she was 6, during the day, she used to swim in the harbor. When tourists would come to dock in the harbor, they would throw money down into the harbor for the children to “fetch.” Because the harbor was so saturated with chemicals from the boats it is believed that is what caused serious problems for Sara. Her mother was sick and her father was absent. This left Sharon in a very vulnerable position. During the night two women in the community took advantage of her vulnerable situation and forced her to have sex with cab drivers and other men for their profit. She was 7. When she was 12 she refused to be sold any more. The women were furious and beat her severely. Fortunately, the police and social services stepped in. She was placed in a government home to receive care. Sharon was 15 when she came to the Round Home. Because of her trauma she was very disruptive in the home and had severe outbursts. The state home was unable to care for her. Our Director of Aftercare, Dr. Gundelina Velazco was contacted by the state to see if we would take her into our home. She was welcomed with open arms. Once she was at the home, through various holistic methods and intense counseling sessions, she was able to get her outbursts under control. She loves to garden and hopes to make a business out sharing her love for gardening with others. **another story from the Round Home** Eva was sold for prostitution by her mother since age 7. She came to the Round home when she was 17. Eva* complained of not being able to see when she came to the Round Home. Dr. Velazco thought perhaps her vision issues had more to do with the trauma she had faced than from an actual vision problem Dr. Velazco took her to the eye doctor who confirmed her thoughts/assumptions. As a therapeutic measure, we had a pair of glasses made with no prescription in them. Eva was immediately able to “see” again. Within a short period of time, with continued holistic care, intensive therapy and love, she no longer complains of vision problems and does not need them anymore! She still lives at the Round Home today.
QUESTION: WHY IS TRAINING CAREGIVERS AN ESSENTIAL ASPECT OF AFTERCARE? Aftercare Training At this very moment children who are enslaved in brothels around the world could be set free if there were additional safehomes and trained caregivers. Children cannot be liberated from bondage only to end up at risk of starvation, homelessness, or being re-trafficked and exploited again. Some caregivers are working so hard to bring restoration but they only have an 6th grade education level. Imagine it! These cases that we encounter are some of the worst. The women time and time again would tell us that what they needed most was education, strategies, and techniques to help the children. Through Love146’s training programs, caregivers provide life-changing experiences to these survivors, skills to control their own lives, and hope for a better life. Rescued children have shared with us their dreams of growing up to be caregivers themselves which is just a beautiful picture of the healing and restoration that is possible. For 2010, 2 grassroots-level trainings will take place—1 in the Philippines and 1 possibly in Nepal. Number of lives impacted by this program: 38 workers were trained in 2009. Imagine the ripple effect of these caregiver on their co-workers, the lives of the children they serve, and the family members of the children!
QUESTION: DO THE CHILDREN RECEIVE COUNSELING OR THERAPY IN THE SAFHOME? Aftercare Training As part of their therapy, children have access to art classes in order to help them express what they have been through that they may not have the words to describe. The programs also include life-skills training so that the children are able to be skilled in other areas so that they can become productive in their communities.
As you can see with therapy the children that have a complete lack of confidence and security, are now confident and optimistic about overcoming from their past life.
SLIDE 13: WHY DOES LOVE146 DO PREVENTION WORK? Although we love stories of hope and restoration in our safehomes, what we would prefer is that children wouldn’t be trafficked in the first place! Love146 has always had a huge heart for prevention. It is imperative that we look to prevent the trafficking of children by addressing root causes as well as strengthen the communities where vulnerable children live. We support different on the ground cutting edge efforts in SE Asia and are now venturing into US prevention.
SLIDE 14: URGENT INTERVENTION- BLUE TENT COMMUNITY IN CAMBODIA The blue tent community is an at-risk population that Love146 has been working with through our Asia Prevention program for years. This a group of over 450 families were evicted from their homes by the government and relocated outside of Phnom Penh city. The land that they were relocated to lacks basic needs. There is no clean water or sanitation. The local school is about 2km from the blue tent community. Commuting to and from school is a challenge for the children and leaves them vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation. These bicycles will help to reduce their vulnerability traveling to and from school. To prevent address this urgent and vulnerable situation, Glenn Miles met with community leaders to present 80 bicycles to children living in the blue tent community. Since they received the bikes last November (2009), the children have been using the bikes to travel the distance to school in greater safety and have been able to attend school with greater accessibility.
SLIDE 15: URGENT INTERVENTION- CAMBODIA BORDER OFFICERS PROJECT Poipet sits right on the border of Thailand, and is the main access road between Cambodia and Thailand. Like many bordertowns, this city is one of extremes: multi-level casinos sit alongside migrant worker camps and shanty-towns. Children literally live in mine-infested land and play here, unsupervised. Oftentimes, the parents wake up before dawn to work as day laborers on farms. The children play at home, sometimes unsupervised for over a week at a time. These children are some of the most vulnerable populations for human trafficking. IN THE PAST, WE HELPED TO FUND THE CONSTRUCTION OF eight wells in this same region to prevent children from wandering the villages unsupervised, and hence reduce their risk of falling prey to sex traffickers. We’re so excited to continue investing in this region of Cambodia through our new Border Guard project. In 2010, Love146 developed a program to post anti-trafficking border officers to work on the Thai-‐Cambodian border. The Cambodia Border Officers Project works in collaboration with the local authorities, relevant government institutions, and authorities at the border to protect the rights and to improve the quality of life of vulnerable children and women and children in need of special protection at Poipet border.
SLIDE 16: BOY PREVENTION- BOY REINTEGRATION PROJECT in India. The highly mobile and invisible sub groups in the MSM (men who have sex with men) sector are the male sex workers and Malishwalas (masseurs) who are very active in India’s metropolitan cities. Most of the masseurs are paid for the service of massage, but will double up as sex workers for which they get paid extra. Most interventions in India that address this target group are related to HIV/AIDS awareness work. As there is no targeted intervention to date and the MSM interventions are neither equipped nor sufficient to address this population, which is very migratory in nature and is based on power structure of financial negotiations as well as reeling from double stigma of sex work and homosexuality. Our partner organization is the first and only organization in India working with the masseur’s community and with male sex workers who also function under various categories of escorts, hustlers, rent boys and gigolos. The boys will be encouraged through counseling and mentoring to volunteer and opt for enrolment. They will be given the choice to select the vocational course they would like to participate in based on their aptitude test. Upon the completion of the training the boy’s will be offered job placement or micro-finance loans.
Collaboration is one of the key elements that will see the end of child sex slavery and exploitation. These networks work to build community based awareness, skills training, resource development, and capacity building. Cambodia: Anti-Trafficking Coalition Working together with over 40 organizations and safehomes in Cambodia to provide training, education and practical opportunities that combat child sex slavery and exploitation. South East Asia: Anti-Trafficking Network Networking training and knowledge sharing are necessary organizations in working to combat child sex slavery and exploitation beginning in Thailand. South Asia: Anti-Trafficking Network The South Asia Anti-Trafficking Network is the emerging regional network focused on preventing and responding to the vast issues surrounding the trafficking and exploitation of children starting in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
SLIDE 18: WHAT DOES LOVE146 DO IN EUROPE? Recently Love 146 has also started doing prevention in Europe with a focus on Eastern Europe. In June 2008, the US State Department placed Moldova at tier 3 the lowest level for its human rights failures concerning trafficking, but as of October 2008 raised this to level 2 in part due to the governments willingness to re-open investigations into high level corruption and complicity in trafficking. From the perspective of our UK team, we also feel that timing is right to continue pressure upon the new government.
SLIDE 19: CROSS BORDER INITIATIVE This new prevention project is a creative response to the trafficking of youth in Europe utilizing a pop culture magazine containing articles addressing issues that contribute to the vulnerability of young people. Our first project is a teen magazine addressing issues that face teens such as domestic violence, gender inequality and child sex slavery. This project seeks to address the factors contributing to the vulnerability of young people through a glossy pop culture magazine. In order to effectively impact the community 60% of each edition with be popular culture articles you would expect to find in western youth magazines and 40% of the articles will cover life and personal development issue, particularly issues which underpin why Eastern Europeans are vulnerable to trafficking. These subjects will include Domestic Violence, Gender Inequality, Economic Creativity and pressing issues such as sexual health and HIV. It is our hope that this creative and cutting-edge response will break a cycle of exploitation by empowering youth in their understanding of culture and the vast issues that contribute to trafficking and exploitation of young people. The Love146 Cross Border Initiative seeks to close the gap in the education of 14-18 year olds about the issues that may increase their vulnerability to trafficking, as well as cultural issues that prevent them from seeing others who are exploited. By enabling individuals to have raised awareness and loss of ignorance of traffickers and their strategies, we expect to see a reduction in those being trafficked and empowerment of those who may have experienced exploitation to speak out. In addition we hope to see increased awareness for organizations that provide services for survivors, increasing the access to services and raising the expectations for a high standard of aftercare.
SLIDE 20: DOES LOVE146 WORK IN THE U.S.? Do not be fooled: child sex trafficking DOESN’T only happen in Asia. The reality: Although we would like to say and believe that this only happens over there, the truth is that it happens here and at an alarming rate. It is estimated that 15-17 thousand people are trafficked into the US annually. According to the Trafficking in Persons Victim Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005, the commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) of any minor under the age of 18 is legally a form of human trafficking. CSE affects children from all classes, ethnicities, gender and races. However, girls are disproportionately affected: according to U.S. Government, 80 percent of the 800,000 people trafficked across borders every year are women and girls, and up to 50 percent are minors, and many of them were coerced into CSE (TIP Report 2008). With over 100,000 U.S.-born children being domestically trafficked EVERY YEAR, it became imperative for Love146 to turn its attention to the epidemic in the United States. According to a 2001 University of Pennsylvania study, the average age of a child sex trafficking victim in the United States is 13. The Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimates that within the first 48 hours of a runaway being on the streets 1 in 3 will be solicited by a pimp or a trafficker. IT IS HAPPENING HERE! Human traffickers and pimps pray on the vulnerability, lack of knowledge and desires of American children to lure them into CSE, most commonly prostitution and pornography. Love146's foray into addressing U.S.-based child slavery began with mobilizing faith communities and campuses in 2007 to take action against sex trafficking via Craigslist. Inspired by the testimony of a U.S. child sex trafficking survivor, Love146 initiated a Craigslist Campaign to address internet-based trafficking. The Craigslist &quot;Call to Action&quot; campaign successfully urged Craigslist as a multi-million dollar company and face of other philanthropic causes to take responsibility for the role its site is playing in facilitating child trafficking and exploitation. U.S. Prevention projects include U.S. Advocacy and TIME 4 Girls.
SLIDE 21: WHAT ARE SOME U.S. ADVOCACY INITIATIVES? Our U.S. Advocacy initiatives range from organizing and participating in national conferences, engaging and collaborating with existing anti-trafficking councils and legislative taskforces, and initiating specific action points to address both the demand and effects of CSTE in the United States. IN 2010, Love146 helped pass a Safe Harbor law for CT, making it the third state in the country to close the gaps between federal and state anti-trafficking laws. Current CT law considers minors too young to consent to sex and yet the criminal statutes allow a minor to be prosecuted for prostitution—until now. The landmark bill, championed by state Senator Rob Kane, R-Watertown, eliminates the possibility of a sexually exploited minor under 16 from being charged with the crime of prostitution. It also presumes 16-17 year olds who might have been arrested and charged with prostitution are actually victims of trafficking in persons. The coordinated advocacy efforts of anti-trafficking experts at ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking), the Barnaba Institute (BI) and Love146 contributed significantly to the successful passage of the bill. “ Pure and simple, a minor cannot consent to commercial sex acts-- a “Safe Harbor” law would help to cut against the culture that assumes that boys and girls who are being commercially sexually exploited are at fault for their own abuse,” said Kathy Maskell, U.S. Advocacy Director for Love146. “When we treat these children with care and dignity, their trust in their community and in law enforcement will grow.”
SLIDE 22: DOES LOVE146 WORK DIRECTLY WITH AT-RISK YOUTH IN THE U.S.? In June, Love146 will launch its “TIME 4 Girls” program, a curriculum-based program aimed at reaching CT youth most at-risk of being lured into prostitution. Read the talk bubbles in the drawings; “Now I can prostitute for you and you are happy” “I just got beat up, Rob” “Make mah moneh hoes!!” We currently use a Primary-level and Intensive-level curriculum: Primary Level: Tell Your Friends is a collaborative program designed to reduce the risk toward commercial sexual exploitation of teen girls. In an effort to combat commercial sexual exploitation, Love146 believes that it is important to train and educate youth themselves about this issue while they are still in school. Tell Your Friends is a four-week educational workshop series designed to facilitate discussion with teens on their perceptions of healthy and unhealthy dating relationships, commercial sexual exploitation, and human trafficking. Intensive Level: My Life, My Choice (MLMC), a program created by Lisa Goldblatt-Grace and survivors of CSEC, is a program designed to reach adolescent girls most vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation or for those who have alredy been exploited to prevent re-victimization. MLMC provides a concrete, well-researched method for preventing commercial sexual exploitation among vulnerable adolescent girls. My Life, My Choice is a ten-week curriculum created to dispel myths about commercial sexual exploitation, build awareness of recruitment tactics by pimps, provide information on sexual health, understand the link between substance use and exploitation—how it can pull you in and how it can keep you there, raises awareness of resources and a path out of the Life, and helps to improve self-esteem. The program is meant specifically for agencies or organizations in which the adolescents have a therapist to follow up with after the group as the curriculum can be quite intense for some. The program also trains the staff that works directly with the children that are about to receive the group so they can identify victims and so they are properly educated around the issue should a girl chose to disclose abuse.
SLIDE 23: OKAY, SO HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED? Across the country, abolitionists are forming Love146 Task Forces. A Love 146 Task Force is a group of people, meeting monthly committed to the following: Becoming local experts on human trafficking through ongoing education. Raising awareness within their communities about human trafficking, introducing people to the work of Love 146 and annually raising money for the organization. Becoming activists in local and international efforts to end human trafficking. What are the Love146 Task Force Requirements? 1. five members Each Task Force should have 5-20 members. It is hard to get traction with less than 5. More than 20 becomes unwieldy and should be broken into another Task Force. Task Forces are made up of people who are: passionate abolitionists, people who can meet at least once a month and occasionally more than that if you are working on an event. Everyone in the Task Force should have a Task Force Community Website account and be as active as possible on the site. 2. one lead contact We have found this person ideally to be a charismatic gatherer of people or someone with strong administrative skills. This does not have to be a permanent position. You can rotate the leadership of your group if you want. Just be sure to keep Love 146 up to date with changes in your group’s leadership structure. 3. Task Force &quot;Abolitionist&quot; Curriculum We expect all of our Task Forces to run through the “Abolitionist” curriculum once a year (we ask that you repeat the curriculum for new members). We want our Task Forces committ to continualally learning what is happenning in today’s abolition movement. Only by continual education can we stay ahead of the problem and continue to fine effective solutions. 4. commit to a monthly meeting It’s always a challenge to find a time that works for everyone. We encourage you to create a regular monthly time so people can make room in their schedules well in advance. Monthly meetings give you the time to learn, discuss, and plan for action. 5. commit to raise $1000 annually We ask that all of our “Active” Task Forces commit to raising a $1000 annually for Love146. Our programs thrive off the donations of generous individuals and we want our Task Forces to help us in our fundraising intitiatives. We will create plenty of pre-packaged events and opportunities to help you succeed with this goal. Trust us, it isn’t that hard! What have Task Forces accomplished? (share 1 or 2 examples) Portland, Or: A Oregon Task Force started a “Loose Change to Loosen Chains” campaign. They asked everyone they knew for their loose change and ended up with over $3,000. San Diego, CA: A San Diego Task Force created a “Freedom Dance Party” to raise awareness and funds for Love 146. The SDTF also has participated in and hosted victim-identification trainings. Kansas City, MO High School students created a Task Force in the Kansas City area that held benefit concerts, awareness campaigns and designed educational packs. Long Island, NY: A Long Island Task Force has public speakers trained by Love146 staff, speaking in synagogues, schools, and churches throughout their area. They have also engaged with law enforcement at state and international levels, even attending UN committee meetings! They hold an annual “Gala” to raise awareness and funds for Love 146. Albany, NY: Multiple individual Task Forces (including high school, college, and church Task Forces) created a local abolition “Network” that promotes multiple events annually including the Ride4Love benefit bike ride. Boston, MA: A Boston Task Force organized the annual Tread-on-Trafficking fundraiser, made quilts for Love to be distributed to safehomes across Southeast Asia and are working with local NGOs to be a part of ending child sex slavery in the Boston. Denver, CO: A Denver Task Force created handmade Christmas Ornaments inspired by the Love146 Round Home video and sold them online. They made over $3000.
SLIDE 24: WHAT ELSE CAN I DO? Highlight YOUR process of engagement/how you started volunteering with Love146. There are a number of ways that people can get involved with the fight against child sex slavery & exploitation: -Change your vocabulary (Talk about the use of words like &quot;Pimp,&quot; &quot;Ho,&quot; &quot;Teen/Child Prostitute&quot;) the first step is changing the way people permit the use of pro-‐child sex slavery language. When you hear people using that language you can correct them and use that as an opportunity to talk about child sex slavery. -Host a fundraiser and awareness event (highlight benefit concerts, house parties, Ride-4-Love, tread on trafficking, etc.) -Be creative. -How would awareness on child sexual slavery be embodied in your community? -Would contacting churches in your area to have awareness tables be useful, would a concert ata local hotspot be more of your area, would a table at a local sporting event work best? Work with the strengths of your community, but don’t limit yourself! ----Sometimes some of the best work is accomplished when you push the accepted norms of your community. - Learn about the issue. Read books! - Tell everyone you know! - Start a book club/learning circle to discuss the problem and new ways of addressing it in your community. -Use the knowledge that you have gathered to hold a speak out fundraiser with local artists and community members looking to make a difference!
**** presentation is a bit long even for a hour long presentation. A shorter version can be used as training wheels for new volunteers for even volunteers that may be introducing to schools and churches and . Majorly lacking in areas such as questions ASKED during slide. Great that you had that the slide would be answering the questions, but in the end the bigger concern is what questions might be asked or unexpected questions may be asked. This is what should be placed in here and what words to avoid so that people will not get the wrong impression of Love 146. (Used to help train volunteer, obviously should be read through BEFORE doing a presentation, if you think it is more appropriate to place at the beginning it can work there as well. I would place in a blank slide before the presentation if you want to do it that way. ) Reminders: 1: When in doubt refer to website. If you don’t know, you can always take down a question and get back to them or simply have them email . 2. If you are confronted remember you are a volunteers, and remind them of this. You need not be an expert at the cause, just care about it to help out. Simply give them the website for them to investigate more and move on to the next person. At any presentation/event, you will not be able to talk to even 10% of the people there, so if someone does not agree with you, you can simply move on to the next person. 3. Always try to balance negatives with positives ie though this is a huge problem, there is plenty of progress being made
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*In the time it took to view this slide, TWO MORE CHILDREN have been trafficked.