Wednesday, April 26, 2006

George Washington University hosts play and panel discussion on human trafficking

The online student paper of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD reported that on April 22, the George Washington University (GW) hosted a play exposing the harsh truth of human trafficking, followed by a panel discussion with experts.

The evening focused on informing the audience about sexual slavery, which annually forces 700,000 women and children into prostitution ... The presentation included a portion of the play 'Becoming Natashas,' a dramatization of the book The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade by Victor Malarek.

According to Samantha Healy, a member of Shared Hope International, human trafficking occurs for various reason in Eastern European nations, but the most common condition tends to be economic disparity. ... The actors feel that the play has been widely accepted and beneficial to raising awareness on human trafficking.

Full article here.

For more information on the campaign to stop sexual slavery, visit Shared Hope and Human Trafficking.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Child sex abuse investigator gets naked on radio

According to WFTV and the Miami Herald, a Florida child sex abuse investigator went on the vile Howard Stern radio program and removed all her clothes so Stern and the rest of the show's cast could assess her body.

She went on the progam not once, but twice, with her police detective husband, who talked about his sex life and gave Stern a t-shirt and a replica of his badge.


There's a straw poll on the Miami Herald site asking whether or not she (and, presumably, her husband) should be disciplined. So far the majority of those voting don't think she should.

What a great society that hires such people to "serve and protect," pays huge sums of money to promote perversion, and makes it highly profitable to do so.

Friday, April 07, 2006

ABA-Africa recruiting for four positions

The American Bar Association’s Africa Law Initiative (ABA-Africa) is a public service project that provides assistance in support of legal reforms in Africa.

Currently, ABA-Africa is recruiting for the following positions:

Country Director/Anti-Trafficking Advisor for a Four Year Anti-Trafficking Program in Nigeria

The ideal candidate for the Anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Advisor is a senior legal professional with demonstrated success in the area of criminalprosecution, including sex crimes and domestic violence, as well as rule oflaw programming and management in Africa. The Anti-TIP Advisor will haveprimary responsibilities in developing programmatic synergies between Government Entities, NGO’s and the donor community. To this end, the Anti-TIP Advisor will:

· Develop work plans
· Assist in the design and implementation of training resources
· Trainings in country participants
· Provide oversight of technical specialists
· Provide financial oversight of program; and
· Engage program partners and the donor community.
*Candidate is required to have relevant Africa-based experience.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to
No phone call accepted.

Country Director/Human Rights Advisor for Liberia

ABA-Africa is currently seeking a Senior Attorney to provide leadership in the development of two legal aid centers in Liberia. The two centers will promote a culture of human rights in Liberia, provide human rights education training and coordinate the training of community based mediators. One center will provide legal aid to the accused. Another center will provide support for victims through legal aide, health awareness and promoting access to the law. The Senior Attorney will:

- Develop and conduct on-going training
- Provide oversight of technical specialists; and
- Ensure effective partner and donor coordination.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to
No phone call accepted.


DC –Based Staff Attorney

The Staff Attorney’s principal activities will include day-to-day oversight, program and grant management, responding to inquiries from donors and partners regarding program activities as well as identification of new opportunities to provide additional support and collaborations. The Staff Attorney will oversee the work of the ABA-Africa Program and Finance Associate, in-country staff as well as the work of the ABA volunteer members and sub-grantees.

The Staff Attorney will be charged with ensuring that program activities remain consistent with program and grant objectives. The Staff Attorney must also pay close attention to other organizations in the region and in the countries to ensure program activities are complementary and notredundant. The Staff Attorney should have a law degree with at least five years experience in international development and rule of law programs in Africa. He/she should have spent time working in Africa or working on programs in Africa. Their experience should include program development, training, proposal writing as well as program and grant management, and fundraising.

The Staff Attorney should be able to work independently and have a working knowledge of the political and legal systems in Africa. Special understanding of challenges to program implementation especially in post conflict situations is paramount to this position. Up to date knowledge of major donors’ rules and regulations is required.

*French and Arabic language skills preferred but not required.
*A fair amount of travel is required for this position.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to
No phone call accepted.


DC-Based Program and Finance Associate

The Program and Finance Associate provides programmatic, financial, and administrative support to attorneys on international technical legal assistance projects. This includes assistance with project development (including preparing detailed budgets and research for grants proposals) and implementation; processing of expense reports, grant budget analysis, tracking and preparation, and maintaining contact with overseas personnel regarding programmatic and financial matters; planning and staffing of meetings, drafting correspondence, and maintaining files.

The Program and Finance Associate is responsible for assisting the Director and Staff Attorney in coordinating activities in the program specific countries and for assisting the Director and Staff Attorney in coordinating the activities of other non-country specific projects. The ProgramAssociate is responsible, together with the Director and Staff Attorney, for monitoring all aspects of the programs in the countries under his/her supervision, including the substantive content of specific projects;c ommunications with representatives overseas; relaying of research requests and providing other support for the ABA- Africa representatives overseas; and communications with U.S. Government and Foreign Embassy personnel.

The Program Associate should have an undergraduate degree with a background in international and cross-cultural relations, and knowledge of the region, including history, politics and geography. Candidate should have at least two years of related work experience and strong written, interpersonal and organizational skills.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to
No phone call accepted.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Call for Papers on trafficking


"Anti-Trafficking, Human Rights, and Social Justice"
Special issue for Wagadu, Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies. SUNY Cortland.

This special issue of Wagadu, Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies aims to explore the life experiences, agency, and human rights of the women who are involved in a variety of activities that are characterized as "trafficked" terrains in a deterritorialized and reterritorialized world, in order to shed light on the complicated processes in which anti-trafficking, human rights and social justice are intersected.

While previous studies have highlighted popular discourses, national and international policies, and the victimization and struggles of the trafficked women, few studies have centered on the stories of the migrant subjects themselves to offer a critical reading of the recent competing definitions of trafficking and the complex ways in which the intertwined configurations of gender, race, ethnicity, and nationality complicate the contemporary hegemonic discourse on trafficking.

This special issue will fill this lacuna through theorizing and conceptualizing the intersecting discourses on anti-trafficking, human rights, and social justice from the perspectives of the transnational migrant populations. Specifically, this issue will include articles that will rearticulate the trafficking discourses away from the state control of immigration and the global policing of borders, and reassert the social justice and the needs, agency, and human rights of migrant and working communities.

Some of the topics of investigation may include: a critical analysis of the conflation of trafficking with sex work in international and national discourses and its effects on migrant women; effects on the vulnerable population as a result of the anti-prostitution policy and a denial of human rights of sex workers; suggestions of more effective anti-trafficking interventions that will ameliorate social justice and human rights of the migrant populations; the sociocultural effects on the migrant population as a result of the global and national laws against trafficking, immigration and smuggling; the debate between the recognition of women's human rights to migrate and work as sex workers and the anti-trafficking policy that classifies sex workers as trafficked victims and slaves; a critical analysis of the global anti-trafficking policy and the root causes for the undocumented migration and employment; the relationship between the human rights of the vulnerable population and the state approaches to trafficking; the effects upon the migrant population as a result of the ways in which the state and international policies define "trafficked persons" and "undocumented migrants." the complicated intersections of forced and voluntary labor and migrations at the national and international level.

Please send abstracts (75 words) in English and complete essays (approximately 5,500-7,500 words) by August 1, 2006. Submissions should be sent electronically in MLA or APA format to
State University of New York
College at Cortland P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045
Office phone number: 607-753-2478
Fax: 607-753-5973

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

More than 60 trafficked women detained

[On 14 Feb 2006] Kyrgyz security forces on Tuesday removed dozens of young women from a plane in the southern city of Osh set to transport them to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), allegedly for sexual exploitation. ...

Some detained girls from Uzbekistan ... said that they had been offered jobs as cooks and waitresses in the Gulf state. "I was going to work as a cook in a restaurant there," Zalina, an 18-year-old from the central Uzbek city of Samarkand, said, wiping her tears away. Many of the Uzbek women detained were from Samarkand and said they were going to Dubai to take up "an invitation from a sister living there."

However, some appeared to have no illusions about what lay ahead of them. "I knew that I would be making money there, perhaps through sex work, but I don't have any choice. I am an orphan, with no job and no means to survive," said Olesia, 20, from the eastern Uzbek city of Ferghana.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Central Asia is a growing region of origin for human trafficking, with women mainly going to the Gulf states. The main country of origin is Uzbekistan, given that it has the largest population in the region.

Full article here.