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POKER TOURNAMENT NEW YORK, NY
January 21, 2008 THE MISSION: Over the past three years, The Emancipation Network has been purchasing handicrafts made by survivors of human trafficking and high-risk adolescents. T.E.N. pays a fair price for these handicrafts and imports them to the United States to sell at awareness events, online, or in the Emancipation Imports retail store located in Cape Cod, MA. By purchasing their handicrafts, T.E.N. has been able to support thousands of survivors at twenty shelters around the world including partners in India, Thailand, Nepal, Cambodia, the Ukraine, the Philippines, Tanzania and Uganda. Over the past 2 years, we have sent over $215K in purchase orders and $50K in direct donations. Several of these shelters are in Kolkata, India, run by various Non-Governmental Organizations, or NGOs. Some are located directly in the red light districts, where young women and girls as young as seven are trafficked into sexual exploitation and are forced into inter-generational prostitution. Other shelters are located far removed from the main city, where the rescued girls and their children can recover in peace. At all of the centers, one thing is common: the need for work. All the women and teenagers are in need of economic options. In fact, that is the main cause for trafficking in this part of the world. Families send their young girls away for work, which often means they are sold to a brothel. Many times, when the girls are sent home from the shelters after completing the rehabilitation program, their families do not welcome them home and the girls are re-trafficked. Without a source of income, and often times infected with sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDs, the girls are seen as a burden. For this reason, it is imperative to provide economic options to these women and girls, lest the cycle is repeated and they be sent back to the unbearable situation they managed to survive. While producing handicrafts at the shelter is an excellent option for many, and has therapeutic elements to the girls, long-term options are also needed to reintegrate the girls to mainstream society. To this end, we are thrilled to announce the opening of Destiny – a collaborative effort of SANLAAP and The Emancipation Network. Destiny is a production unit and independent living home for seven survivors of sex trafficking. They had been living at Sanlaap’s shelter home for several years, where they were physically, emotionally, and mentally rehabilitated. While living at the shelter home, these girls also received training in various handicraft production methods, such as block print, batik dyeing, sewing and embroidering, and jewelry making. They are now living together in an apartment, and earning money from their handicraft production. In their own words, they say, “We are not looking for charities and welfare schemes.” The Emancipation Network is supporting every step of this process, from purchasing their cooking utensils and mattresses, to developing their business model. Our goal is to make this hybrid production unit/independent living home a successful model for other NGOs to follow in their reintegration of survivors. In addition to, and in support of, this project, The Emancipation Network proposes to open a production center with residential space. This unit will be catered towards women and adolescents who were trafficked into prostitution, or are at extreme risk of being trafficked. Throughout the day, the center will provide adequate room for the women to work on handicraft production. At night, the center will serve as a residential area for women and children in need of immediate shelter. Our various NGO partners have expressed this need for safe shelter; it is one of the biggest obstacles for women trapped in prostitution. The production unit will initially be a rented building, situated near one of the red light district communities, so that the women can easily come to receive training and develop a relationship with The Emancipation Network. Our NGO partners currently working in the district will support this process of rapport building. It is essential that we provide the women an
immediate and reliable source of income, in order to provide a real economic alternative. Handicraft production cannot be a supplement to their earnings from prostitution. Working for The Emancipation Network will be a full-time job that provides the women safety and security in their work place and residential space. Once we have secured enough funding, we will move the production unit to the outskirts of the city, where we can purchase a larger space. This area is the ideal location because it is a relaxing, natural environment, removed from the overwhelming chaos of the city. The location is also situated near the Destiny girls’ apartment, so that those girls can come to work there when the orders increase. This production unit will be large enough to produce items efficiently and thus more cost-effectively. When moving into wholesaling their products, for example T-shirts, much space is required to set up the dyeing and printing tables. The production unit will also provide adequate land for the women to grow vegetables and raise livestock for both sustenance and local market sales. THE POKER TOURNAMENT In order to fund this misison, we are planning to hold a high-end Poker Tournament on Wednesday, May 14th 2008 at Touch Nightclub, 240 West 52nd Street in New York CIty. This event will include a 10 table Texas Hold-Em style tournament, free open bar, catering services, celebrity personalities and an attractive waitstaff. Our fundraising goal for the evening is $50,000-$100,000. The first, second and third prize will be a gift from a sponsor (i.e. Sporting event tickets, Gift Cerficates to Old Homestead Steakhouse, etc.) and the remaining players who make it the final table will be presented with a professional poker kit or quality cigars. To raise the remaining amount we hope to have enough time and sponsors to have auction items available. Thank you for your time to read about our plan. Any contribution is tax-deductible through T.E.N. Charities, a federally registered non-profit organization in the United States. Together, in union with the survivors, we can build a brighter future for them and their children. In freedom,
Becky Bavinger Director, Indian Programs The Emancipation Network www.dreamsfreedom.com www.madebysurvivors.com email@example.com +91-98-3068-0324
Jennifer Munz Director of Events, Dreams of Freedom The Emancipation Network www.dreamsfreedom.com www.madebysurvivors.com firstname.lastname@example.org 703-635-4431
Every year, over one million women and children are forced into the commercial sex industry throughout the world. This emerging problem is one of the worst human rights crises in the world today. After being sold, tricked, or kidnapped into brothels, girls endure a torturous break-in period involving rapes, food and sleep deprivation, and severe beatings. Trafficking in persons is modern-day slavery. Annually, approximately 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders; millions more are enslaved in their own countries. The common denominator of trafficking scenarios is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit a person for commercial sex or for the purpose of subjecting a victim to involuntary servitude, debt bondage, or forced labor. The use of force or coercion can be direct and violent, or psychological. Most instances of forced labor occur as unscrupulous employers take advantage of gaps in law enforcement to exploit vulnerable workers. These workers are made more vulnerable to forced labor practices because of unemployment, poverty, crime, discrimination, corruption, political conflict, and cultural acceptance of the practice. Immigrants are particularly vulnerable,2 but individuals are also often forced into labor in their own countries. One form of force or coercion is the use of a bond, or debt, to keep a person in subjugation. This is referred to in law and policy as “bonded labor” or “debt bondage.” It is criminalized under U.S. law and included as a form of exploitation related to trafficking in the United Nations protocol on trafficking in persons. Many workers around the world fall victim to debt bondage when they assume an initial debt as part of the terms of employment, or inherent debt in more traditional systems of bonded labor. In South Asia, this phenomenon exists in huge numbers as traditional bonded labor in which people are enslaved from generation to generation. Domestic workers may be trapped in servitude through the use of force or coercion, such as physical (including sexual) or emotional abuse. Children are particularly vulnerable to domestic servitude which occurs in private homes, and is often unregulated by public authorities. For example, there is great demand in some wealthier countries of Asia and the Persian Gulf for domestic servants who sometimes fall victim to conditions of involuntary servitude. Most international organizations and national laws indicate that children may legally engage in light work. By contrast, the worst forms of child labor are being targeted for eradication by nations across the globe. The sale and trafficking of children and their entrapment in bonded and forced labor are particularly hazardous types of child labor. Forced conscription into armed conflict is another brutal practice affecting children, as armed militias recruit some children by kidnapping, threat, and promise of survival in war-ravaged areas. In October 2006, The Emancipation Network (TEN), a non-profit organization who helps survivors of human trafficking and provides awareness to the community, held its first Dreams of Freedom Arts Event and Human Trafficking Conference in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Since then, TEN has held several events nationwide in New York, Orlando, Washington DC, and Portland . The intention of these events is to raise awareness on the issue of human trafficking and to raise money for our partner organizations across the globe. One of the most important goals of the “Dreams of Freedom” event series is to build an empowered community by inspiring other individuals to spearhead events in their respective communities. For more information about the Dreams of Freedom events, please visit www.dreamsfreedom.com.
The Emancipation Network Inc. and TEN Charities helps survivors of human trafficking, and women and girls at high risk for being trafficked, by offering them a means for self-sufficiency and an economic alternative to further exploitation. TEN partners with anti-trafficking organizations and women’s craft collectives around the world, including Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, and India. We buy gorgeous and unique handicraft products from our partners, and sell them at home Awareness parties, colleges, and community events across the US, raising awareness of this human rights crisis among Americans at the same time. TEN offers concerned persons in the US the opportunity to take action to fight human trafficking, and to make a real impact in the lives of survivors and high risk girls. Ultimately, we plan to help create a critical mass of concerned persons who can work together to bring pressure to bear on those who tolerate the modern practice of slavery. TEN was launched in 2005 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on a relatively small scale with minimal capital and all-volunteer labor. In our first 8 months of operation, with the help of committed volunteers across America, we sent over $50,000 back to our overseas partners, where the funds pay salaries for the survivors and high-risk girls making the handicrafts, as well as contributing to the trafficking prevention, legal aid, and rescue work being done by our partners. We have also educated thousands of Americans about human trafficking, mostly in small groups of 10 or 20, in volunteers’ homes, schools, and places of worship. South Asia and Southeast Asia are two regions of the world with the most severe sex trafficking problems, so TEN started our programs there. The target age for girls sold into brothels in this region is 11 to 14 years old. If these girls are fortunate enough to escape or be rescued from brothels, it is extremely difficult for them to reintegrate into society due to discrimination, lack of education or skills, and the physical and emotional damage resulting from years of exploitation. TEN has so far chosen 20 partner organizations, from which we buy our products. Many of these organizations provide trafficking survivors with a safe place to live and a full range of support services to help them heal and reintegrate, including job training jobs, and therapeutic handicrafts programs. Others operate trafficking prevention programs for children born into brothel districts, or for girls in remote, impoverished villages where they are likely to be sold into slavery. Donations from TEN also support the trafficking prevention and rescue efforts of our provider groups, and other anti-trafficking agencies who are not in a position to create products (such as rescue groups which do no operate shelters). TEN also addresses one of the primary difficulties in stopping trafficking – the fact that the areas that the girls are taken from often have depressed economies and few employment options to “compete” with the profits of trafficking. TEN is a source of economic opportunity for young women in areas vulnerable to trafficking. For more information, visit www.tencharities.org and www.madebysurvivors.com.
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