By Rotary Service and Engagement staff
Candlelight Vigil to End Slavery and Human Trafficking, Rotary International Convention, 10 June 2017, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
Modern day slavery – whether in the form of forced labor in supply chains, sex trafficking, domestic servitude, or human trafficking – is a transnational multi-billion dollar criminal activity that is impacting millions of people on any given day in more than 167 countries. According to the Global Slavery Index, 40.6 million men, women, and children are trapped in modern day slavery. No country in the world – regardless of its wealth, size, judicial system – is exempt from it. In 2015, UN member states agreed to take effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and eliminate child labor by 2025 (Sustainable Development Goals 8.7). Many rightfully believe that governments must play a major role to end modern day slavery, but awareness and action at the community level are both critical to effectively identify and address this insidious crime.
Founded in 2013, Rotary Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) provides support to clubs and districts in planning and implementing impactful projects that tackle modern day slavery and human trafficking. During the 2019-20 Rotary year alone, RAGAS supported 56 projects. Three of these projects received funding from The Rotary Foundation, four of them were multi-district projects, seven of them were district-level, and 42 of them were club-level projects. The group offers trainings on how to detect victims of slavery and human trafficking and how to take action. The group also advices on projects that helps victims of slavery transition into a post-slavery life including offering shelter, rehabilitation, and/or vocational training. By bringing in experts, partners, and resources to projects, RAGAS is an instrumental resource in helping clubs and districts make a sustainable impact in this area.
RAGAS is hosting a virtual summit on Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 8:00AM-1:30PM CST where it is bringing together frontline experts and thought leaders from public and private sectors, governmental, and non-governmental organizations to talk about effective ways of eliminating modern day slavery and human trafficking.
Space is limited so register today using the link below!
Wednesday, 27 January
Rotary Action Group Against Slavery
Agenda and speaker list can be reviewed here.