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{November 19, 2010}   Australian Art Therapists in Laos

I have not posted for a long time, for many reasons, but I wish to add some more relevant information with a focus on Arts.

1. I stumbled across this whilst researching Australia and Arts therapist information. In OCtober 2009 a group of Australian Art Therapists (Lydia Tan, Nyrelle Bade, Lucille O`Brian and Linda Torchia) worked with AFESIP (Acting for Women in Distressing Situations, an anti-traffiking organisation) though the Art2Healing program founded by Lydia. 

Working with social workers to help them gain a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma and how to use arts based interventions in addition to a 2 day workshop with survivors.



{May 28, 2010}   BATH JAPANESE FESTIVAL

May has been a busy month and the preceding ones were also busy so apologies for my lack of blog updates.

The project I was working on was the Bath Japanese Festival, which encompassed both creative elements (Book Art, Haiku and Film) as well as awareness raising events about Human Trafficking.

I want to focus on the Human Trafficking Speakers event

Art Has a Heart: Human Trafficking in Europe and Asia at the BRLSI (Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution)

We had 4 organisations represented:

David Patterson – a Bristol based solicitor who worked in Kolkata, India countering sex trafficking in 2008-9. He is speaking of behalf of International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.

http://www.ijm.org/

Jennifer Conlan – Stop The Traffik: Act v Regional Co-ordinator, and will be speaking with Anti Trafficking charity “Unseen” representative Cassie Grist.

STOP THE TRAFFIK is a growing global movement of individuals, communities and organisations fighting to PREVENT the sale of people, PROTECT the trafficked and PROSECUTE the traffickers. http://www.stopthetraffik.org/ 

unseen(uk) is a charity established to disrupt and challenge human trafficking at all levels. unseen’s specific focus is to combat the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation.

http://www.unseenuk.org/

 

Kit Loring – a UK State Registered Arts Therapists with a specialism in Dramatherapy. He is also a qualified and registered Clinical Supervisor. As senior partner/practitioner and Director of Therapy Services for The Ragamuffin Project.He has also conducted extensive training and supervision programmes in Cambodia, Russia and Finland and provided training workshops at conferences in Germany, Greece, Hong Kong and Singapore. http://ragamuffinproject.org

In addition The Stairway Foundation Film: – Red Leaves Falling animated film will be shown. Stairway Foundation Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government child care organization located in Puerto Galera, in the island of Oriental Mindoro. It was established in 1990 by Lars C. Jorgensen and Monica D. Ray as an alternative program for the most marginalized and endangered streetchildren in the Philippines.

http://www.stairwayfoundation.org/stairway/home

We are also supported by Love146 who work toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through Prevention and Aftercare solutions, and contributing to a growing abolition movement.

http://love146.org/

These are all wonderful charities and THANKS to people for coming and speaking so eloquently, knowledgeably and movingly about the problem and what we can do.



{September 5, 2009}   FOCUS – South East Asia

Unesco made a report

Combating Trafficking

in South-East Asia

A Review of Policy and Programme

Responses

 

see it here

 

Other reports include

 

South East Asia’s first “Women’s Court” on trafficking and HIV in Bali

 

POLARIS (Japan)

 

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (page)

 

BBC article about Thailand

 

Japan Times – Feb 2009 reports on Japan`s failure to prosecute those caught

 

UCLA  International Institute report on sexual abuse and trafficking in Japan

 

Wikipedia: Human Trafficking in Japan

 

Prof Meryll Dean has published an article here about the legal situation in Japan.

 

Japan Subculture Research Centre 

 

short documentary about trafficking from China to Japan



{September 5, 2009}   Bonded Labour

Many people are lured into work situations abroad then their passports are taken away, and they are forced to work for no pay as slaves. Check out Anti-Slavery`s page on bonded labour.



{August 31, 2009}   AUDIO – hear their stories

Click here to listen to Audio stories from  the Voice for the Voiceless web site.

 

Ping Lau trafficked from China to London tells her story here (Guardian)



{August 30, 2009}   FILMS

After talking with a friend of mine who is a filmaker today, I realised that film is an incredibly powerful medium through which to raise awareness about issues but also about how these issues effect individual peoples lives. I watched a trailer for the film The Stoning of Soraya M  powerful stuff. Which leads me to write this post in reference to films dealing with the issue of Human Trafficking.

The Sold Project have made a documentary about trafficking in Thailand. Great org, I will order the film…

Here are the top ten as listed by change.org.

1.Born into Brothels

2. Slumdog Millionaire

3.NOT for Sale:The Documentary

4.DEMAND

5 Memoirs of  a Geisha

6.Very Young Girls

7.Holly

8.Call + Response

9.The Day my God died

10. TRADE

To watch trailers click here



{August 27, 2009}   Survivors Stories

survivors stories



et cetera