NFS News Archive April, 2010
As a grassroots campaign, Not for Sale relies heavily on the work of the directors and our constituents to strengthen the movement, educate the public, and re-abolish slavery. A few shout-outs go to Jamee Herbert, the Connecticut State Director, and Anita Coco and Sarah Durfey, Massachusetts State Directors.
Jamee Herbert, a senior university student at Holy Cross put together an amazing fundraising event, which hosted the incredibly talented band, THE WRECKING, and a survivor of sex slavery, Theresa Flores, as powerful headliners.
Just off the Caribbean coast of Honduras lays an archipelago of islands home to an indigenous population who have been marginalized and exploited for years. An influx in tourism in the area has caused a dramatic increase in sex trafficking. In addition, the construction of large resorts, which use improper sewage and garbage systems, have pushed locals to the outskirts where they use traditional slash-and-burn methods to clear the land for grazing. These factors combined are causing substantial pollutants to run off-shore, deteriorating the world’s second largest barrier reef.
There is an inextricable link between the protection and productivity of the land and the health of its communities. Therefore, Not For Sale is building a Hospitality and Conservation Institute. The institute provides vocational training and practical experience to hundreds of vulnerable youth and unemployed women. By creating jobs and employing locals in conservation focused tourist activities such as hiking, diving, and snorkeling, both the land and the people are effectively protected and empowered.
The Stop Paying for Slavery Tour had an epic stop in Columbus, Ohio this week. Intervarsity Christian Fellowship hosted the Ohio State Price of Live Invitational, an incredible, dynamic, interactive weeklong event that focuses on human trafficking. The purpose of the week is to bring leaders, students, and all members of the community together with several local, national, and international organizations that are on the front lines in the battle against human trafficking.