Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Pomona College Pardis Mahdavi is launching the first global website where human trafficking survivors can share their stories and thus raise awareness and prevent human trafficking.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation; Hollaback!; an international movement to end street harassment; Jennifer Rosen from Lexis Nexis; Brigitte Adès from CulturePolitique, and Rosi Orozco from the Commission United against Human Trafficking in Mexico are supporting this project.
The Polaris Project, a leading organisation in the global fight against human trafficking, is launching a network of hotlines offering support and assistance to human trafficking victims. Dasra, India's leading strategic philanthropy foundation; Refuge, the UK national charity that supports victims of gender-based violence including domestic and sexual violence, trafficking, prostitution, stalking, female genital mutilation, ‘honour’-violence and forced marriage; and Tau Investment Management are supporting this initiative.
The international NGO Free the Slaves is working to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to locate, report and document slave labour. The organisation believes UAVs will facilitate police raids. Recorded footage by the vehicles will be used for the production of a documentary film raising awareness about the pressing issue of modern-day slavery.
MAKE Productions is supporting the production of the documentary.
Verité called on companies to commit to work with ethical brokers to scrap all recruitment fees paid by workers in order to eliminate debt-bondage among migrant labourers.
Thomson Reuters Corporation and Lexis Nexis are supporting Verité with this project. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is also assisting Verité by working with its clients to:
* Understand and identify risks with respect to their business processes, sectors and supply chains.
* Develop tools to mitigate the risks and build capacity to promote good practice with respect to their sub-contractors’ practices.
* Identify indicators that they can use to measure success with respect to economic and social performance.
The South Asia Region Department of the Asian Development Bank is carrying out research on global good practices related to 'safe mobility' and their applicability to the context of its South Asia operations, in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration.
Photojournalist Hazel Thompson is producing print and audio-video materials for a prevention campaign in India, Nepal and Bangladesh to raise awareness about trafficking and its risks among girls aged between 8 and 16. Shukla Sarwat Siraj from the law firm Sadat Sarwat & Associates in Bangladesh and Wadah Foundation, a Jakarta-based organisation, are supporting Hazel’s action. Hewlett-Packard and the global law firm Baker & McKenzie also committed to screen Hazel’s documentary TAKEN in their offices to raise awareness among their staff on human trafficking.
Visayan Forum Foundation launched a global campaign to lobby countries to ratify ILO Domestic Workers Convention 189 and pass laws to comply with it.
TrustLaw Connect, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s service for pro bono legal assistance; the international NGO Human Rights Watch; Shukla Sarwat Siraj from the law firm Sadat Sarwat & Associates in Bangladesh; Wadah Foundation, a Jakarta-based foundation; and Rosi Orozco from the Commission United against Human Trafficking in Mexico have extended their support to the campaign.
Law firm Baker & McKenzie will work with some of its largest global clients to identify the challenges they face managing supply chains and keeping them free from human trafficking and forced labour. The results of this work will be published in a White Paper that will identify key risks, best practices and opportunities to collaborate on strategies across sectors.
Ashoka’s Global Vice President Iman Bibars will establish a task force to research, investigate, monitor and document claims of Jihad al-Nikah in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Tunisia and elsewhere, with a view to lobbying governments and international institutions to classify the practice as human trafficking and criminalize it.
TrustLaw Connect, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s service for pro bono legal assistance; AEquitas, a US-based organization offering prosecutors technical assistance in cases on violence against women, and documentary filmmaker Jenny Montasir are supporting this Action.
The founder of the Everyday Sexism Project Laura Bates is launching an international campaign to raise awareness of abuse in teen relationships. The campaign will use info-graphics, videos and quizzes to raise awareness of what constitutes violence and the definition of consent to tackle the normalization of these forms of physical and sexual violence.
Miranda Dunbar Johnson of Human Rights Watch will raise awareness of the campaign in France. The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Girls Not Brides, a global partnership of civil society organisations working to end child marriage, Anna Hart from law firm Skadden, Jennifer Rosen from Lexis Nexis, Rosi Orozco from the Commission United Against Human Trafficking in Mexico and the Moldova Anti-Trafficking in Persons (ATIP) are supporting the campaign.
AEquitas, a US-based organisation offering prosecutors technical assistance in cases on violence against women, is working with Westlaw (Thomson Reuters), the leading online legal research service, to investigate integrating data, research, media coverage and laws relevant to sexual violence prosecution on Westlaw’s website with the aim of creating a resource for prosecutors around the world.
The International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) is working to raise awareness on the issue of sextortion. TrustLaw Connect, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s service for pro bono legal assistance, is supporting this Action.
Refuge, UK’s national charity that supports victims of gender-based violence including domestic and sexual violence, trafficking, prostitution, stalking, female genital mutilation, ‘honour’-based violence and forced marriage, is working on research addressing how to charge perpetrators of domestic violence with manslaughter when partners commit suicide as a result.
TrustLaw Connect, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s service for pro bono legal assistance, and international law firm Reed Smith are assisting with the research.
Dr. Rola Hallam, from Hands in Hands Syria, is working to meet the psychosocial needs of women and children affected by Syria's conflict by channelling financial support to the Arab Foundation of Care for Victims of War and Torture, which provides six-week courses to help refugees in Jordan overcome trauma.
The Human Rights Law Network is creating a global legal network to end coerced and forced sterilization. The project will assess the scale of the issue worldwide and develop a database of laws pertaining to it.
TrustLaw Connect, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s service for pro bono legal assistance, Dasra, India's leading strategic philanthropy foundation and the Women’s Legal Centre in South Africa are providing assistance. The Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights offered access to its global network of NGOs.
The Women’s Legal Centre, a non-profit law centre based in South Africa, is currently working on an app giving victims of gender-based violence essential information about the legal system, the victim’s role in the process and what assistance is available to them.
Lexis Nexis is supporting this action.
Marie Stopes International China launched an initiative to educate young unmarried migrant workers in reproductive rights.
The international bank Standard Chartered, Tau Investment Management and Nazdeek, a legal capacity building organization committed to bringing access to justice to marginalized communities in South Asia, are supporting this action.
The Center for Reproductive Rights, a global reproductive rights organisation based in New York, is launching a global campaign to put human rights at the centre of affordable access to contraception.
Leading law firms including White & Case and CMS Cameron McKenna are working on this project.