2018


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81 January TRF approves a $340k Global Grant for the biggest ever anti-trafficking (education based) project by RAGAS Member  PDG Bob Deering, RC of East Sacramento, D5180, USA – but more funds are required; Fiona Stevenson (RC Tenterden, UK) writes on how a group of people in Kent are raising awareness of modern slavery – a potential model that could quite easily be followed by Rotary Clubs;  Major electronics and electric vehicle companies are not doing enough to stop human rights abuses entering their cobalt supply chains, suggests Amnesty International – see Editorial and their report; UK toughens up Modern Slavery legislation – the Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill will extend reporting requirements to make providing information listed under Section 54 (5) mandatory rather than voluntary. It will also extend reporting requirements to public authorities; UK PM May made Honorary Member of RC Maidenhead and Thames; Ending child slavery by 2025 – a report by the International Labor Organisation (ILO); The three UN Sustainable Development goals most relevant to our focus.
82 February This month’s issue of the RAGAS Newsletter highlights the exploitation of human beings in Malaysia, Australia and the USA. But as Eitor Mark says encouragingly, Malaysia they are creating a special court specifically to protect the victims of exploitation. In Australia moves are afoot to introduce a comprehensive Modern Slavery Act and in the USA many Rotarians are seriously on the move to eradicate human trafficking and slavery as the supporting articles show. We have a call for Volunteer Trainers to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery in Iowa.
83 April Included in this Newsletter is an update report about the amazing 3 years School4Freedom Project which was masterminded by RAGAS member Carol Metzker, information from RAGAS Secretary, Harry Payne about how the new Data Protection Regulations will impinge upon the Action Group and a perceptive step by step account about how women are trafficked across borders and then end up in places like the notorious brothel in Mumbai called “Kamathipura” which is visited by thousands of men each day all hell bent on spending a few hundred rupees for a few moments of “pleasure”. But for the 3,000 or so girls who live and work there, Kamathipura is a place of “pain” as none of the sex workers are there by choice.  Going to the RI 2018 Convention? Book early to guarantee entry to our RAGAS Breakout session on Monday 25 June between 13.00 -14.30 hrs and do visit us at our Booth (Number 312).
84 May Australia’s to introduce Moderen Slavery Act; Slavery features in Commonwealth Summit;  Hong Kong’s first judicial review on Modern Slavery; Vice Chairman of RAGAS. Dave McCleary receives the “Service Above Self” award; Contributions from survivors sheltered in Bakhita House;
85  July RAGAS and the RI Convention in Toronto by Carol Metzker with commentary by Chairman Mark Little;  Anti-Slavery Charter sets out basic measures that states, NGOs, businesses and societies must take to end slavery across the globe; Thwarting the Traffickers and Slave Masters in Sweden, Hong King, New Zealand & Australia; How to spot a trafficked victim
86 September Thousands in UK enslaved in forced marriages; New US policy restricts T visas for immigrant trafficking victims; Use of robots is fuelling modern slavery; Thai Court ruling on Mayanmar workers; A Letter from Matt Friedman in Hong Kong – “Our Collective Goal: The private sector will eliminate forced labour from its supply chains by 2028 without a negative impact on profitability”
87 October Forced marriages in Thailand; The Kafala system (which currently stops 1.5 million construction workers cannot leave the country without the permission of their bosses) is to end in Qatar; 2018 Nobel Peace Prize goes to Yazidi activist; RAGAS appoints two new Coordinators in the USA:   Cozette Vergari is a lawyer by profession living in California and established her own law firm in 1996. Cozette joined the Rotary Club of Westchester (Los Angeles) in 1995, was the Club’s President in 2001/02 and was appointed as Governor in District 5280 in 2017/18, and Steve Grissim was born and bred in Nashville, Tennessee. Steve owned a supply chain service company for 18 years and subsequently sold it to his current employer. In 2008 he joined the Rotary Club of Brentwood and was Club President in 2017/18: School4Freedom project update by Carol Metzker; Rehabilitating the survivors of sex slavery in India – Mark Little; STOP PRESS Reputable car wash operators in the UK will be given Kitemark-style certificate marks to help crack down on modern slavery in the business
88 December Girls from SE Asia are sold into marriages in China; Ending child labour in Indian mica mines; Rotarians from Australia, Russell Green (Regency Park) and Peter Sowden (Walkerville) completed a 31 day kayak paddle from Renmark down to the Murray Mouth, a total of 564Km to raise funds for Phase 2 of the Kalimpong project in NE Bengal, India; BOOK NOW for the RIBI Conference & Showcase 2019 – Slavery Symposium at the Royal Albert Hall, Nottingham – 11th May 2019: A Light in the Darkness – Rebecca Hope from ‘Hope for Justice’; The work of “YouCanFreeUs” in Mumbai;

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District 9810 (Victoria, Australia) produces an End Slavery newsletter for Club Members. Editor Tony Stokes.