Children in Slavery Summit

USFMEP President Sally Kader participated as a panelist at the Children in Slavery 21st Century Summit at Georgetown University in November 2005. The summit, which discussed Human Trafficking, had an audience that included business leaders and

the international diplomatic community. The summit presented experts who work on the

front lines investigating human trafficking in its eight faces: sex, war, labor slavery, sex tourism, child pornography, organ and skin, ritual abuse, and torture.

This event was unique in that it encouraged the public and persons not necessarily part of this arena to become educated, empowered and engaged in the

worldwide campaign to end human trafficking now. Almost 50 percent of those enslaved in this century are children. The summit was endorsed by His Excellency Jan Eliasson, president of the UN General Assembly, U.S. President George W. Bush, the

U.S. State Department, the Australian Embassy, many law enforcement agencies and several prominent business leaders. Claude Allen, Assistant to the President for  Domestic Policy at the White house, was one of the speakers. Journalist Christine Dolan, the organizer of this event, said, “This is a global shame shared by all of

us. Every ten minutes around the clock and across the globe, there are between 15 to 76 new trafficked victims. This is a global phenomenon with drastically dangerous ramifications not only for society but for future generations to come.”

As a result of the Human Trafficking Summit, a worldwide bipartisan coalition was launched. Students Stopping Trafficking of Persons (SSTOP) aims to continue fighting the injustices done to trafficking victims. The International Students Trafficking Summit was held in Washington D.C. at Georgetown University on February 24-26, 2006. In 2007, SSTOP executed a world-wide multi-dimensional campaign and joined forces with other organizations with one goal in mind: to decrease slavery around the world. Kader is an Ambassador of “Children in Slavery: the 21st Century” 2007 campaign.

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