Human Trafficking

Over the past decade, trafficking in human beings has reached epidemic proportions. No country is immune, the search for work abroad has been fuelled by economic disparity, high unemployment and the disruption of traditional livelihoods. Traffickers face few risks and can earn huge profits by taking advantage of large numbers of potential immigrants. Trafficking in human beings is not confined to the sex industry. Children are trafficked to work in sweatshops as bonded labor and men work illegally in the “three D-jobs” – dirty, difficult and dangerous.

A recent CIA report estimated that between 45,000 to 50,000 women and children are brought to the United States every year under false pretenses and are forced to work as prostitutes, abused laborers or servants. UNICEF estimates that more than 200,000 children are enslaved by cross-border smuggling in West and Central Africa. The UN has taken an important step forward in coordinating an international response to trafficking.

On 15 November 2000, the General Assembly adopted a package of instruments against various forms of transnational organized crime, including the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children. These require the countries that become States Parties to adopt basic criminal offences, including trafficking in persons or the equivalent, participation in the activities of an organized criminal group, money laundering and other illicit conduct. They also establish a framework for international cooperation, including various forms of assistance in the conduct of investigations and prosecutions and provisions for the extradition of offenders. Within the first year, both the Convention and Protocol had obtained more than half of the 40 ratifications needed to bring them into force, and they are expected to take effect in the near future.

The US Federation for the Middle East under the Moderator Salwa Kader sponsored a panel discussion at the Commission on the Status of Women 50th Session at the United Nations to the discuss these vital issues.

Human trafficking in the 21 Century panel with H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson General Assembly President.

Some of the audience attended the human trafficking in the 21 century at the United Nation 2006

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‘06 International Peace Conference

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In 2006, the U.S. Federation for Middle East Peace organized its 3rd Annual International Peace Conference under the auspices of his Excellency Mister Amer Mousa, Secretary-General for the Arab League Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, and the International Muslim Youth Organization.

Sally Kader, USFMEP president, was one of the key speakers at the event held September 20-22, 2006 at the Arab League.

Attendees were ministers and members of parliament, governors, diplomats, religious leaders and scholars and Fmr. US Congressman Richard Swett traveling with members of the USFMEP Delegation hailing from Australia, Ohio, New York and Washington D.C.. This Conference is an annual event which the USFMEP has held in Cairo for the past three years. The objective of the conference is to spread the Federation’s peace message among the Middle Eastern countries and to celebrate a day of non-violence in all nations.

It is a day of global cease-fire, when all countries and their people are asked to halt hostilities for the entire day, and at noon, local time, to observe a minute of silence for those whose lives were claimed by hostile confrontations.

‘06 International Peace Conference

In 2006, the U.S. Federation for Middle East Peace organized its 3rd Annual International Peace Conference under the auspices of his Excellency Mister Amer Mousa, Secretary-General for the Arab League Headquarters

in Cairo, Egypt, and the International Muslim Youth

Organization.

Sally Kader, USFMEP president, was one of the key speakers at the event held September 20-22, 2006 at the Arab League.

Attendees were ministers and members of parliament, governors, diplomats, religious leaders and scholars and Fmr. US Congressman Richard Swett traveling with

members of the USFMEP Delegation hailing from Australia, Ohio, New York and Washington D.C.. This Conference is an annual event which the USFMEP

has held in Cairo for the past three years. The objective of the conference is to spread the Federation’s peace message among the Middle Eastern countries and to

celebrate a day of non-violence in all nations.

It is a day of global cease-fire, when all countries and their people are asked to halt hostilities for the entire day, and at noon, local time, to observe a minute of

silence for those whose lives were claimed by hostile confrontations.