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RRCAHT Speaks Out about George Floyd

The Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking stands in solidarity with activists around the world who are outraged by the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Eric Garner, and so many others.

 

Although this tragic incident occurred hundreds of miles away from Rochester, the impact is felt all over the world. Systemic racism perpetuates violence and exploitation, including trafficking. Human trafficking similar to racism is a public health problem. Human trafficking always involves vulnerability. Ingrained systems that make communities of color more vulnerable will always hinder the movement to end human trafficking.


Additionally, law enforcement professionals play a very significant role in fighting against human trafficking by ensuring that the rights and freedoms of those living in the United States are protected. Unfortunately, incidents similar to what we saw in Minneapolis further challenge credibility and exacerbate mistrust amongst human trafficking victims who have been taught to distrust law enforcement officers by traffickers. Law enforcement officers cannot be allies for trafficking victims if they cannot display compassion, patience, empathy and restraint with victims who are perceived as uncooperative.

 

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Today, and everyday, we recommit ourselves to liberating, educating and advocating for trafficking victims and the vulnerable in our community and world. Additionally, we endorse the recent declaration by the Greater Rochester NY Black Agenda Group recognizing racism as a public health crisis.

Help STOP Human Trafficking & Violence Against Women!

This year's Angels of Mercy 5k will be held virtually, and will run from August 13th - August 17th, 2020!

  • The VIRTUAL RACE allows more individuals to be involved...you can be anywhere... and still do so and participate while social distancing. 

  • Choose your own 5k, 1 mile or any distance you want route.

  • You can walk, bike, run, hike or choose "Other" Activity and do whatever you would like! We encourage you to dance, do an at home work out, row, roller blade, the options are endless!

  • Ask your neighbors and friends to join you and do something FUN!!!

  • Wherever you like and whenever you like during the time period!

Click here for more information!

 

 

Emergency Contacts

If you need help or you think you have come into contact with a victim of human trafficking...

 

 

National Human Trafficking
Resource Center 

call 1.888.373.7888 / Text HELP or

INFO to BeFree (233733)

 

 

Center For Youth

905 Monroe Ave

Rochester, NY 14620

(585) 271-7670 24 hrs

Emergency Contacts

If you need help or you think you have come into contact with a victim of human trafficking...

 

 

National Human Trafficking
Resource Center 

call 1.888.373.7888 / Text HELP or

INFO to BeFree (233733)

 

 

Center For Youth

905 Monroe Ave

Rochester, NY 14620

(585) 271-7670 24 hrs

Willow Domestic Violence Center

24/7 HOTLINE: (585) 222-SAFE

24/7 TEXT LINE: (585) 348-SAFE

What Is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA)

 

Sex Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or

 

Labor Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

RRCAHT has T-shirts for sale at $12.


 

For comprehensive information about Human Trafficking, including links to videos, refer to the Human Trafficking Awareness Manual of the Sisters of Charity of New York.

RRCAHT in the News

The Chains of Trafficking (an interview with Celia McIntosh, President of RRCAHT)

The Reporter (RIT) - June 25, 2020

Human Trafficking and COVID 19 news stories

12 trafficking victims, including three minors, rescued in past three months - The Anti-human Trafficking Bureau of Nepal Police says there’s a risk of traffickers targeting the people who have become financially vulnerable due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown.
The Kathmandu Post - June 24, 2020

Reports Of Child Exploitation, Trafficking Increase During Pandemic - Law enforcement in San Diego was reporting yet another side effect of the coronavirus pandemic, a spike in child exploitation on the internet.

KPBS, San Diego - June 23, 2020

Fight child labour amid Covid - Uganda Commemorated World Day Against Child Labour under the theme "Covid-19: Protect children from child labour, now more than ever!"

 

She Escaped Sex Work for College. Now the Virus Threatens Her New Life.

New York Times - May 15, 2020

Coronavirus Threat isn’t stopping sex trafficking in Jacksonville

News4, Jacksonville - April 8, 2020

Sex trafficking poses the risk of spreading COVID-19 to thousands of people

Dallas Morning News - March 28, 2020

The June RRCAHT Newsletter is now available.

 

You can read it here and you can join the mailing list for future editions by clicking here.

Human Trafficking and COVID 19 Resources

 

New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition Meeting

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Time: 4 pm 

Location: Virtual

Speakers:

Yasmin Vafa, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Rights4Girls

Alvin Bragg, Professor and Co-Director, Racial Justice Project, New York Law School


Moderated by Bill Silverman, Global Partner for Pro Bono Initiatives, Proskauer Rose. 

Click here for more information and registration

Thank you to the Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT for your sponsorship and contributions to our branding and Yes, Here. marketing campaign.

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