AHR Committee Leads WILPF-US in Coalition to “Intercept Human Trafficking"”

by Rose Daitsman, Jan Kubiac, Barbara Nielsen, and Lucinda Tate,–Advancing Human Rights Issue Committee

Advancing Human Rights Issues Committee’s Human Trafficking Subcommittee leads WILPF US in coalition on Super Bowl Sunday “Intercept Human Trafficking” anti-human trafficking campaign for 2014 - News about President Obama’s Proclamation declaring January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2014 - AND, new leadership for the AHR Committee will take us forward into 2014 (information forthcoming soon!).

As part of AHR’s commitment to encourage awareness to WILPF members and others concerned for social justice, we are proud to share the good news that Barack Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2014. Read more here.

Through the AHR Subcommittee on Human Trafficking (HT), WILPF-US is a coalition member of the anti-human trafficking campaign led by the United Methodist Women (UMW), “Intercept Human Trafficking,” that has as its most public focus a direct action at football’s Super Bowl XLVIII, on Feb. 2, 2014, at the MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This is the largest sporting event in the United States and using a football term, “intercept,” as an analogy for the campaign is an apt concept for an action at this event. Although big sporting or entertainment events are not proven to cause human trafficking, such events intensify the space in which such crimes can occur. All WILPF branches and at-large members are encouraged to get involved and plan actions in local communities on Super Bowl Sunday and, of course, if you are able to get to East Rutherford, your participation there would be most welcomed. Check out this excerpt on the Super Bowl Sunday Intercept the Traffickers Campaign for ideas! (You can also contact Jan Kubiac, convener of the HT Subcommittee, at jankubiac@yahoo.com. More detailed information on this campaign will be on our webpage by the third week in January.)

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