Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Top 7 TED Talks on Human Trafficking

Today, BASI brings you a selection of seven of the most powerful talks on human trafficking to be found on TED Talks. For those of you unfamiliar with the organisation, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and it is a set of conferences worldwide aimed at disseminating "ideas worth spreading". The owner, a private non-profit Sapling Foundation, provides these inspirational talks for free in order to educated the masses and it seems their mission is being fulfilled - over one billion (yes, billion!) people have tuned in to watch their free online videos. Today, let's increase that number by watching the following gems.

1. Combating Human Trafficking (AnnJannette Alejano-Steele)

How do we combat human trafficking? AnnJannette Alejano-Steele has dedicated her life to spotting, researching, and combating human trafficking in Colorado. As she explains in this eye-opening talk, human trafficking takes many forms and it's not always easy or convenient to see the truth in what's happening around us.

2. Human Trafficking - 21st Century Slavery (Faridoun Hemani)

Faridoun Hemani is a broadcast journalist, and founder of independent production company Linx Productions. He has been in the television news business for 35 years, and has covered major international stories around the world -- from the assassination of President Sadat in 1981 for CNN, to the civil war in Lebanon and events in India and Pakistan for ABC News, and as the Bureau Chief for Central Eastern Europe for WTN (Worldwide Television News), covered the revolutions of Central Europe, the violent breakup of Yugoslavia, and the war in Iraq and Somalia. Today, Faridoun works with organizations such as the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the UN and other international organizations covering stories of a social nature in the developing world. In 2010, Faridoun co-produced a 6-part series on Human Trafficking (as part of Moonbeam-Linx), that aired on BBC World Television. The series was supported and funded by End Human Trafficking Now (EHTN), a Geneva based organization that encourages businesses to take an active role to stem this modern form of slavery.

3. Human Trafficking (Rachel Lloyd) 

 Rachael Lloyd is an anti human-trafficking advocate. She is the founder and Executive Director of the New York-based Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS). Since immigrating to the United States, Rachel has worked with incarcerated women, as well as combatting commercial sexual exploitation of children and young women within the United States. GEMS is the only organization in New York State of its kind. The organization has helped hundreds leave the commercial sex industry and the documentary and exposé of human trafficking of young girls on the streets of New York titled, Very Young Girls was directed by David Schisgall and Nina Alvarez and highlights the work that GEMS does. Rachel was named one of the 50 Women Who Change the World, as well as recognized as one of the 100 Women Who Shape New York by the New York Daily News.


4. Human Trafficking - Dreams and Realities (Diep Vuong)

As co-founder of Pacific Links Foundation (PALS) a US-based international NGO, Diep Vuong designed and spearheads an innovative program to combat human trafficking in Vietnam. PALS focuses on human trafficking prevention through scholarships, vocational training and public advocacy in vulnerable communities. It is the only organization that operates two shelters for trafficking survivors at the Southern and Northern borders of Vietnam.

5. How to Combat Modern Slavery (Kevin Bales)

In this moving yet pragmatic talk, Kevin Bales explains the business of modern slavery, a multibillion-dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He shares stats and personal stories from his on-the-ground research -- and names the price of freeing every slave on earth right now.

6. The Fight Against Sex Slavery (Sunitha Krishnan)

Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery, a multimilion-dollar global market. In this courageous talk, she tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these young victims rebuild their lives.

7. Photos That Bear Witness to Modern Slavery (Lisa Kristine)

For the past two years, photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. She shares hauntingly beautiful images -- miners in the Congo, brick layers in Nepal -- illuminating the plight of the 27 million souls enslaved worldwide.

1 comment:

Alysa said...

This is cool!