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December 2, 2015

16 Days of Activism - Day 8: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

by Robert Arrington

No more slaves written on sidewalkDecember 2 marks the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. It is a day that focuses on “eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.” This goal is of particular note for our campaign, since out of the estimated 21 million forced labor victims worldwide, an estimated 4.5 million of which are victims of forced sexual exploitation. According toUNiTE, 98% of these sexual exploitation victims are women and girls.

Violence and ...

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October 26, 2015

Red hands at work: the consensus grows

by Robert Arrington

Red hands from First Chinese PresbyterianSince September 1, 2015, two member states, Kiribati and the Bahamas, ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

Kiribati ratified on September 16, declaring, “… the Republic of Kiribati has no national armed forces, and a declaration as to the minimum age of recruitment is therefore not applicable in the case of the Republic of Kiribati.” The Bahamas ratified on September 28, declaring, “The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas declares that the State will permit voluntary recruitment into its national armed forces ...

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September 14, 2015

Human Trafficking: The Church Responds

No More Slaves chalked on concreteJoin us on October 20, 2015 for a seminar on human trafficking and how the church is responding. The seminar will include presentations on: 

Participants will tour the UN (limited to twenty).

The seminar will begin at 9:30 AM at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and move to Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House at for a community dinner and a  special ...

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August 21, 2015

Human trafficking is in the news

Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has made news recently because he is under prosecution for having sex with multiple children. Some news stories have used prostitution language in their reports. The abuse is human trafficking.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a long history of fighting human trafficking, including the commercial sexual exploitation of children. You can learn more about the work of the PC(USA) Human Trafficking Roundtable by clicking here. A partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on trafficking affirmed by our General Assembly is ECPAT-USA. ECPAT-USA works to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children ...

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June 9, 2015

NO to Child Labour—Yes to Quality Education

by Nathan Jumper

World Day Against Child Labour posterThe following statement was made in June 2014 and is attributable to the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations (UN):

Each year on June 12, the United Nations family observes World Day Against Child Labour. 168 million children still engage in illegal forms of labour, mostly in the informal economy and agriculture. Eighty-five million of these children work in severely hazardous conditions. Several millions more are victims of forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation, and other illicit activities.

But in recent years we have made progress. Since 2000, the United Nations has reduced child labour ...

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