Stop Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergencies for the Yazidi Community

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Sexual violence in conflict and emergency zones is a serious, present-day atrocity affecting millions of people, primarily women and girls. It has long been used as a tactic of war and employed on a large scale by armed groups to humiliate opponents, terrify individuals and destroy societies.

  • Between 250,000 and 500,000 women were raped during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
  • Sexual violence was a characterizing feature of the 14-year long civil war in Liberia.
  • In the Democratic Republic of Congo approximately 1,100 rapes are being reported each month, with an average of 36 women and girls raped every day. It is believed that over 200,000 women have suffered from in the Democratic Republic of Congo since armed conflict began in the country.

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Take Action To End Trafficking: Strengthen The Child Welfare Response

Abused or neglected young people are vulnerable to the recruitment and control tactics of human traffickers.

Bipartisan House and Senate versions of the Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act (H.R. 1732 and S.1823), would help improve state child welfare systems in order to better protect children.

H.R. 1732 and S.1823 use existing resources to better serve vulnerable youth. Passing this legislation would be an important step toward creating the safety net we need to end child trafficking in the United States. Continue reading

Call on the media to tell Survivor’s Stories with dignity

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Think about your worst experience. Now think about reliving that experience every single time someone asks you about it. That is what victims of trafficking and survivors like me have to go through every time we tell our stories.” Sophie Otiende, Survivor.

Did you watch Sophie, and other survivors of modern slavery, tell their story in our My Story My Dignity campaign? Since we’ve launched this campaign, we’ve had an outpouring of support from supporters like you who’ve opened their eyes to the experiences survivors’ face when their stories are reported.

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Girls as young as young as six are being held in sexual slavery by Islamic State

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Call On The UN Human Rights Commissioner To Establish A Commission Of Inquiry That Collects Evidence

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Nadia Murad was taken as a sex slave by Islamic State (ISIS) militants, when they invaded the Sinjar district of northern Iraq in mid-2014, killing more than 3,000 Yazidi civilians and capturing up to 7,000. Nadia saw her brothers killed and was held captive, like many other Yazidi women and girls, for months before escaping.

Nadia has campaigned for countries to investigate and prosecute the Islamic State for its crimes against Yazidi people to hold IS troops accountable. Continue reading

Tell Nevsun ‘No’ to Modern Slavery and Human Rights Abuses

On May 3, Nevsun – the mining company that operates in Eritrea, northeast Africa, will hold their Annual General Meeting in Vancouver. We will grab this opportunity to show their investors and shareholders that we do not want companies profiting from a system of state-sponsored forced labor. Continue reading