Human Trafficking Awareness 101 Pt. 1

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Posted on February 01, 2013

I want to welcome you and thank you for your interest in wanting to stop Human Trafficking.  As you know, there are many elements in doing this task.  My first question is, “How much do we know about trafficking?”  Do not fret if your answer is unsure.  Part of doing something is also learning about it at the same time.  There are different levels of trafficking, but the bigger question is:  What can you do to be part of a SOLUTION?  I’m going to give you some tips and suggestions, then it is up to you to decide which ones you feel you’d fit in the best.  Remember, it’s alright to try a little bit at a time or just one.  Do not stress yourself in taking on all the tasks, none of us are super human, so there is no need to set yourself up for stress.  Always be mindful that whatever you do, there will be people who will look at you crazy, ask questions, or even ignore you — that is all normal.  Just as long as you have one person’s attention, you did great!

Here are some suggestions:

House Party/Block Party:  If you’ve ever been to those Mary Kay or Scentsy Parties, then you know what I’m talking about.  The only difference is that you won’t be selling anything, you’ll be the educator.  If you decide to pick this, I will send you a DVD about Human Trafficking so you can educate yourself on this subject.  Then, you can share the DVD clip to your group/party.  Then, you will find a local Anti-Human Trafficking organization in your area that you respect, and in this house party, you will ask people to donate to the cause.  You will collect the funds, and then send them to your local non-profit you chose.  I will also be sending you a powerpoint about Human Trafficking that will include my personal story.  Unfortunately, I am unavailable to travel everywhere in the US, so sending this powerpoint will help get the story out.

Community Organizer:  You can collaborate with your local non-profit to volunteer.  You can be a mentor, help with paperwork, hand out fliers, or update the website, etc.  You can also encourage your school/work/church to get involved.  Encourage them to have a speaker to come your church/school to speak, educate, and learn.

Mentor:  Become a mentor through an at-risk youth program and educate youth about the harms of exploitation by being a positive role model and friend.  Places that are in need of mentoring services are usually juvenile probation centers in your area or youth programs like Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  Consider visiting a successful chapter for motivation and inspiration.

Public Policy:  Join a legislative group.  For example, join a women voter’s group in your area, the county commission, or to go to your county and collaborate with an existing organization and volunteer there.  If they haven’t started one, you can definitely encourage the start of one.

Social Network:  If you are a busy parent, like most of us, and would like to do something but just don’t have the hours and travel time, then how about creating a social network page on facebook or ask to join an existing one?  Let them know you’d be happy to help add trafficking articles and post them on their wall.  It’s a for sure way to keep everyone in the loop.

Any of these ideas that you pick, I will definitely assist you in every way possible.  So, even if you’ve never done any of these, don’t panic!  I’m here to help and so are many others.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to call or write.  I will wait to hear your response in what you’ve chosen and then we’ll get into step 2.

For any additional questions please feel free to contact me via e-mail with the subject line: Trafficking 101 to: ckim75@hotmail.com

(c) Chong N. Kim, 2011

Jackie Goldberg “Pink Lady” talks Empowerment with GWEN

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Posted on January 19, 2013

When senior citizen advocate Jackie Goldberg takes on the topic of senior citizen empowerment for the Global Women’s Empowerment Network’s GWEN Talks January 19, it will be immediately evident to attendees that she tackles the topic perhaps more comprehensively than anyone else.

Known as the “Pink Lady” for her propensity to wear pink, Goldberg is a well-known motivational speaker, teacher, actor, writer, and toastmaster.  For more than 40 years, she has been in the fashion industry as a Women’s Wear Daily’s marketing & sales representative and has motivated employees by boosting morale and improving sales techniques.  The former Mrs. Senior Los Angeles County (2005), 80-year-old Goldberg continues to set the pace for those interested in living a good life into old age.

When her husband died after 38 years of marriage, she took on his mantra “Life is for the Living,” and she’s out to spread the word.

To Goldberg, empowerment means many things – “getting your life together physically, mentally and spiritually,” reinventing yourself and applying lessons from her “words for the wise” that detail how to make the middle years of life an adventure and the last chapters filled with energy, enthusiasm and excitement.  Her favorite topic, which she’ll prominently feature during her GWEN Talks presentation, is effective communication – which revolves around how to communicate with difficult family/friends/significant others by ending the “negative and beginning the positive.”

Not shy about any topic, she also applies empowerment to a wide range of life experiences from humor in aging, love and relationships, and senior sexuality.

She was quoted in the LA Times saying, “Within the next five years, some 7,000 people a week will be turning 60!”  These stats ensure a growing audience for years to come.

Empowerment by Chong Kim, Trafficking Survivor & Activist, GWEN anti-trafficking expert

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Posted on January 10, 2013

I think of the women’s rights movement, and how we have paved the way for change from gender bias situations to equality on all levels of humanity.  Now, entities like the National Domestic Violence Organization and RAINN are also recognizing same sex abuse that includes men falling victim.  With National Human Trafficking Day coming close, we still struggle with segregation of terminology — Labor Trafficking vs. Sex Traffickings, American vs. Undocumented Persons, American Adults vs. Domestic Minor, and whether male victims exist in the world of trafficking.  Seriously?  I’m not saying we are perfect, but we’ve made many strides along the way and even in an imperfect country like the US, we have encouraged other countries in Asia, India, Middle East and Europe to seek out equality and open the forum for women’s rights.  That’s why I admire so much about GWEN (Global Women’s Empowerment Network).  It’s one of the few entities that I respect, honor and choose to collaborate with on every front of our battle to end violence against all humans.  They continue to utilize survivors voices to promote legislative change, be the forefront of ideas of empowerment, and speak about those who are still disenfranchised — especially in the world of violence. I love that there’s an organization that continues to strive for human rights on all levels.  Whether you’re a Christian, Muslim, Hindi or even Atheist, you are welcome.  I love the freedom it allows men, women, teens and even children to gain back their power of choice.

For me being a survivor, empowerment is so essential to me.  With GWEN, I find a welcoming hub of all persons involved.  Whether you’re faith-based or not, straight or LGBT, male or female, adult or child, GWEN welcomes all.  If you know me, I always strive to be as open-minded as possible.  I personally believe everyone has the right to live without violence, no matter who you are.  The sad reality is, there are entities, government agencies and even ministries that still hang on to gender bias and control, even use survivors as a model of “Poster Child Syndrome”.  Please refer to my blog: http://goo.gl/JwqQHm .  I’ve written extensively of what it is to be a “Poster Child” and it’s nothing but a form of manipulation.

GWEN is an entity that recognizes strength, voice, and most of all, empowerment.  It strives to bring our voices to the forefront and also remind us that we are not just a story, we are an inspiration!  This entity is definitely not gender biased, which I love!

I was first introduced to GWEN through a mutual friend that invited me to a club where he DJ’s.  He had also invited Tess Cacciatore to the club, who is the Executive Director of GWEN in Los Angeles.  It was there that I met Tess and we instantly clicked!  We talked about what empowerment meant to both of us, we listened to each other’s ideas, and before I knew it, I became part of the family of GWEN.  What I love about GWEN it allows you to share without showing your face, to articulate your talents through music, arts, writing, spoken word, whatever your creative spirit is meant to dazzle with.  It won’t allow you to self-sabotage, be a sound board, or use your story for sympathy.  GWEN wants YOU to feel empowered.  They want YOU to feel the wings of your spirit fly and say, “I am free from the slavery of abuse as well as my own enslavement.”  Ladies and gentlemen, if that isn’t empowerment, then I don’t know what is. Thank you!