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Jinishian Memorial Program and Trafficking in Lebanon Handout

The mission of the Jinishian program, a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA), is to enable Armenians in need to move from poverty and despair to self-sufficiency and hope – through relief, development and spiritual uplift.

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  1. Thank you for your comments, Seta. Eliminating human trafficking will take a comprehensive national response. It’s encouraging to see the Lebanese government take such action. JMP-Lebanon offers social services to thousands of Armenians a year. Social workers can be key to identifying victims, helping them rebuild their lives, and preventing others from being trafficked. JMP in Lebanon has played an important role in the Armenian community to assist families, and especially young women, at possible risk of being trafficked. Hopefully, as the Jinishian program in Lebanon makes plans to expand its project in 2011 that builds the skills and self-esteem of girls at risk, there will be more opportunities to partner with other organizations to increase the project’s impact.

    by Sara Todd

    January 31, 2011

  2. Human trafficking within, through, and from the country is an issue and the Johns Hopkins University and the Lebanese Arab University held a conference under the auspices of the Minister of Justice. The government has issued a law on Oct. 8, 2010 to punish crimes of human trafficking. The law waits for ratification in the parliament. It was highlighted that this crime is against the principles of both Christianity and Islam andNGOs, the civil society,academic institutions, labor related institutions have to insure the safety of especially women and children so that they are not exploited .

    by Seta PAMBOUKIAN

    January 10, 2011

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