Liam Neeson Isn’t The Only One Fighting Human Trafficking Anymore
A term not thrown around frequently in the day to day conversation. Isn’t human trafficking what happened to those girls in the movie Taken? Like, what happens in third world countries? Right?
Human trafficking Is actually a crime that is happening everyday on the streets of major US cities where you would least expect it, and we’re not just talking about in the suspecting run down urban streets.
WHAT? WELL, WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT THIS?
Thought leaders in the health and legal systems are making strides towards bringing freedom to females who have been subjected to the human trafficking business and are taking initiative to bring positive changes to their lives.
Massachusetts General Hospital is opening a new Freedom Clinic for Human Trafficking Survivors, which will be the first of its kind to provide a “comprehensive medical, mental health, and dental clinic for trafficking survivors” in the state of Massachusetts. This $600,000 grant that was recently awarded to MGH by the Partnership for Freedom, will provide a variety of resources specialized in bringing recovery and enabling a fresh start for human trafficking survivors. Dr. Wendy Macias, the co-director of MGH’s new program, is collaborating with local supporting agencies who have already stepped up and taken a stand against human trafficking to free our ladies.
A few years back, the Hollywood community launched a “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls,” a campaign founded by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher,aimed to educate the public about human trafficking slavery in the United States.
And, most important of all, in February 2014, for the first time ever under new legislation, a Suffolk County jury found two local men guilty of human trafficking.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
As a result to the new initiatives led by Mass General Hospital and supporting agencies to raise awareness for this unsuspecting crime, more and more people are starting to take a stand. We are excited to see innovation stirring in the health and legal systems to free women of being used as a cash business.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR: Christine Berardino is an advocate in law enforcement. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 2011, with a dual major of Psychology and Justice Studies.
Originally posted 2014-06-17 08:00:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter