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CAST benefit

Exactly one week ago, I had the opportunity to volunteer at CAST’s annual benefit dinner. CAST (a.ka. the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) is a LA based non-profit, dedicated to empowering survivors to be their own advocates for change. (See our previous profile of CAST here.)

The venue was beautiful. The event was held at the Skirball Center, which is located in LA right down the street from the Getty. I had never visited the Center before the event, but now that I have been, I will definitely be making it a point to go back.

Before the actual benefit began, I was stationed in an exhibit called “Women Hold Up Half the Sky.” The exhibit was based on a book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, which documents social injustices suffered by women worldwide.

Unfortunately my camera died a few minutes after I arrived, so I didn’t have the opportunity to take many pictures. This picture doesn’t even do justice to the extreme creativity of the exhibit.

There were handmade quilts, videos, pictures, pottery and a variety of other displays. There was even a hands-on opportunity for viewers to send letters to Barbara Boxer, asking her to step up and advocate for better treatment for women.

I wish I could share more pictures… Sadly, the exhibit is no longer being featured at the Skirball center.

I guess we will all have to read the book to learn more about Kristof’s and WuDunn’s work.

Okay back to the event… Continue reading

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Save the Date

2012 Global Human Trafficking Conference

Abolish 21st Century Slavery and Human Trafficking

Who: Any individual fighting to abolish slavery and human trafficking. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Metro Task Force on Human Trafficking and promoted by Slavery No More. To view a list of the speakers, click here. To view a list of the exhibitors, click here.

What: “An annual forum convening local and federal law enforcement, anti-trafficking government agencies and NGOs, business and legal-community leaders, state and federal policy makers, international representatives and journalists to explore trafficking trends, foster increased education, inter-agency and NGO participation, and to inform and inspire influential business leaders and the public on how and why they can and should take immediate action to help abolish 21st century slavery and human trafficking, for the sake of the 27 million innocent victims worldwide.”

Where: Skirball Cultural Center, Ahmanson Hall, Los Angeles, California

When: August 10-11, 2012

To learn more about this event, click here.

For directions to this event, click here.
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Report a Crime

Indicators of Human Trafficking:

  • Restricted or controlled communication or transportation
  • Someone has their identification and travel documents
  • Barbed wire or bars on windows to keep one in
  • Large number of occupants for living space
  • Signs of torture such as scars, branding, or malnourishment
  • Massage parlors refusing to service women
  • Men come and go frequently
  • Individuals who have no contact with friends or family or access to identification documents, bank accounts, or cash
  • Homes or apartments with inhumane living conditions
  • Workplaces where psychological manipulation and control are used
  • People whose communication and movements are always monitored
  • Places where locks and fences are positioned to confine occupants
  • For more indicators, click here.

Report if you suspect human trafficking or slavery:

  • 911
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline                 888.3737.888
  • Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking     800.655.4595
  • Children of the Night                                      800.551.1300
  • Treasures Ministry                                         323.937.9525
  • Equal Employment Opportunity                      213.894.1046
  • Law Enforcement                                          866.347.2423
  • FBI: Tips webpage                                        https://tips.fbi.gov/

Cited from Slavery No More and the FBI.

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The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) is yet another non-profit organization committed to assisting victims of both forced labor and slavery-like practices. Based out of Los Angeles, CAST’s approach to influencing change is by empowering survivors to be their own advocates for change. CAST also provides “provides comprehensive long-term services through a three-pronged empowerment approach which includes Social Services, Legal Services, and Outreach and Training” to these victims. In addition to empowering victims, CAST also educates those of us who have not been victimized, and provides various ways for us to affect change. For example, visitors to the online “Chain Reaction Store” can send letters to their favorite companies, asking them to commit to making consumer products without forced labor. Vistors can also view company responses to these letters as they are received. We sent a letter to Anthropologie. Who will you send your letter to? It only takes two seconds.

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