In 2002, FAIR Fund was founded as an assistance and empowerment organization to support the successful integration of women's equality into developing civil societies. FAIR Fund works predominately with existing non-governmental organizations that have proven themselves effective in reaching out to women and girls in their communities.
FAIR Fund currently works in the Balkans region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where women's participation is a crucial element to the development of full democracies. They anticipate an expansion of activities into other parts of the world soon.
FAIR Fund and local partner, Future Generation have opened two hotline call centers to support trafficked women and girls in their efforts to return home. Last year, thousands of young women and girls called Future Generation's Tashkent hotline call center, and now these services will be provided to young people and woman in Jizzack and Syrdarya. These new hotlines and shelters will enable trafficked victims in these rural regions to access much-needed support and have contact with counselors and law enforcement. Trained operators and volunteers conduct outreach to inform young people of the dangers of trafficking in their community. The call centers will also act as a resource for journalists and lawyers working in the area of trafficking prevention. The center will also provide training and outreach to school-aged girls in the regions. Healthcare providers and campaign team leaders will talk to girls about trafficking and answer questions about working abroad. In an earlier survey by Future Generation, it was established that most school-aged girls think that 'can't happen to them.' Campaign posters and local advertising will compliment this programs efforts to protect young women from traffickers.
The Campus Coalition Against Trafficking (CCAT), formed in Spring 2005, is an outreach initiative to engage college campus youth in anti-human trafficking efforts in their communities and abroad. It is co-led by FAIR Fund and Law Students Against Trafficking at Georgetown University Law School.
This coalition is vital to building a strong young women's movement against this horrible tragedy that forces at least 800,000 individuals around the world into human slavery each year. The majority of these individuals are young women, many of whom are forced into brothels to be sex slaves. This 'industry' brings in millions each year - and ruins these young women's lives. That is why FAIR Fund is beginning a national coalition of students to combat this gross violation of human rights.
The Campus Coalition Against Trafficking trains university students on how to organize a campus group and activities to combat and raise community awareness about human trafficking, offer training seminars on preventing and assisting victims of trafficking, and matches trained students with area anti-trafficking organizations. CCAT's program includes lectures, workshops, and readings to inform and mobilize college campuses and stop human trafficking. Trainings include, but are not limited to: tools for organizing an anti-trafficking awareness-raising event, identifying victims of trafficking, and research tools to study human trafficking. To date, the Campus Coalition Against Trafficking as conducted trainings in Boston, Washington, DC, and Connecticut.
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