By Rich Figel
Learn how you can help fight human trafficking in Hawaii by attending this statewide videoconference, co-sponsored by the 808HALT coalition through the federal Rescue & Restore Campaign at Pacific Gateway Center and the University of Hawaii School of Social Work.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 25, from 11 AM until noon, followed by discussion until 1 PM.
WHY: Hawaii is a hub for human trafficking because of our geographic location. Children, young women, domestic workers and foreign laborers are flown in from all over the world. Ships and fishing boats may also be carrying exploited workers. Men from impoverished countries are promised good paying jobs on Hawaii farms, then abandoned and left to fend for themselves, while separated from their families for years. In short, human trafficking is modern day slavery.
WHERE: (seating is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible!)
• UH Manoa – Kuykendall Hall, Room 204 (seating capacity: 20) is the origination site where the presentation will be held. Below are the receiving sites
• UH West Oahu – Library Room B-157 (seating capacity: 30)
• Kauai Community College – Learning Resource Center, Room 122 (seating capacity: 20)
• UH Maui College – Ka’aike Room 105A (seating capacity: 20)
• UHMC Lahaina Education Center – Room 104 (seating capacity: 12)
• UH Hilo – Media Services Room (seating capacity: 20)
For further information about the Hawaii Interactive Television System (HITS) site locations, please visit www.hawaii.edu/dl/location/.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: anyone who provides services to victims of sex trafficking or forced labor, i.e., social workers, health providers, people in the travel and transportation industry, immigration attorneys, law enforcement. To learn more, go to www.808HALT.com and click on the YouTube link to see videos, which have been translated into different languages.
WHAT WILL BE COVERED: Experts on human trafficking will provide an overview of the problem, tell you how to recognize signs of trafficking, and what you should do if you think someone could be a victim. Real life cases and examples will be used.
Please call Maya at 851-7010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat!