News & Updates (Category: HUMANITY UNITED NEWS)
Last September, I had the privilege of watching live as President Obama delivered the longest speech on slavery since Abraham Lincoln. With his powerful words, the President provided something we in the anti-trafficking field have long awaited—a call to mobilize the coordinated resources and energy of the federal government, recognition of the strength and dignity of survivors all over the world, and a call for communities to work together to end modern slavery in our time.
Today, Humanity United's David Abramowitz joined 19 advocacy groups and Congo experts to welcome the appointment of former Sen. Russ Feingold as the new U.S. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region:
“We welcome former Senator Feingold’s appointment as the new U.S. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region. He is recognized as an outspoken human rights advocate, particularly on the crises in the Sudans and in Congo. At this critical moment in U.S. policy toward the DRC and its neighbors, Special Envoy Feingold’s continued advocacy for peace, stability, and accountability in the region will be essential.”
Read the group's open letter to Special Envoy Feingold after the jump.
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Humanity United and a coalition of 19 human rights organizations, known as the Prevention & Protection Working Group, marked the board’s one-year anniversary by applauding President Obama and the administration’s commitment to prevent mass atrocities.
However, we also noted several recommendations for implementation—which were highlighted in Wednesday’s article in The Hill. Find a link to the article, full text of the letter, and commentary from HU's Mary Stata after the jump.
Today, five human rights groups--including Humanity United--distributed a joint statement on the release of the State Department’s Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012.
Find the full text of their statement after the jump.
Read David Abramowitz' testimony to members of Congress for a hearing on "Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking."
The hearing was launched to "take a hard look at respective government efforts to fight human trafficking in China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Irap, Azerbaijan, and Republic of Congo, and whether these governments should be promoted to Tier 2, or demoted to Tier 3 in the State Department's 2013 Trafficking in Person Report."
This morning, Humanity United's Federico Borello testified before the Subcommittee of African Relations of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Read his full comments after the jump.
Today at 11:15 a.m. Pacific, Humanity United's President & CEO Randy Newcomb leads a discussion between Humanity United Founder and Board Chair Pam Omidyar, Amb. Luis CdeBaca from the U.S. State Department's office on human trafficking, and Jacquelline Fuller, director of giving at Google, to discuss how traditional international aid agencies, governments and philanthropists working together on this issue.
Humanity United, Guardian News and Media Launch “Modern-Day Slavery in Focus”
Humanity United’s President and CEO writes about the importance of this yearlong initiative: “NGOs and foundations like ours can’t solve the enormous and complex problem of modern-day slavery alone. That’s why partnerships like this are so important.”
As the world celebrates Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, Humanity United and a team of human rights groups are calling on President Obama to appoint an envoy to lead a coordinated U.S. response to the escalating crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.