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JUNE 7th YOU CAN SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT CHILD LABOR WHILE EATING CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM !

June 7th is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day in the U.S. This makes it super simple to spread awareness about human trafficking! 

Did you know that 70% of the world's cocoa comes from West Africa where 2 million children are forced to work on cocoa farms?

Picture via Fortune.com

We are so thankful that companies like Ben & Jerry's, 365 EVERYDAY VALUE®Fair Trade Certified™ Chocolate Ice Cream, Luna and Larry's Coconut Bliss, and Three Twins Ice Cream are becoming aware of the issue and incorporating fair trade ingredients in their products. 

Here are 2 quick steps you can do to spread awareness on June 7th.

  1. Buy yourself some delicious fair trade chocolate ice cream. 
  2. Then post a pic, on your favorite social media site, of yourself or your kiddo enjoying your ice cream and in the comments mention a fact about child labor and don't forget to add kudos for fair trade ice cream. 
Picture via u.osu.edu

Spread awareness, buy fair trade and together we can end human trafficking. 

What Is Forced Labor?

If you are new to seeing the world of human trafficking you might be wondering what forced labor is. 

Forced labor is a form of modern day slavery. The International Labor Organization defines it as, " situations in which persons are coerced to work through the use of violence or intimidation, or by more subtle means such as accumulated debt, retention of identity papers or threats of denunciation to immigration authorities. "

Ultimately, forced labor is any work or service in which people are forced to do against their will, under threat of punishment.

Forced labor is typically found in industries with a lot of workers and little regulation. The top industries are agriculture, fishing, domestic work, construction, mining, quarrying, brick kilns, manufacturing, processing, packaging, and prostitution.

Globally, International Labor Organization estimates there are 14.2 million victims of forced labor, 26% of those are children.  

The vulnerable are targeted by labor traffickers. Migrant workers are targeted due to their  limited rights as well as typically not being able to speak the language. Areas suffering from poverty, lack of jobs, or lack of education are also common targets. 

Labor traffickers lure victims by offering high-paying jobs, education opportunities or opportunities for travel. Unfortunately, the reality is very different than what was promised. Victims frequently work long hours with little to no pay in terrible working conditions. 

Forced labor is a global problem that affects men, women and children. Now that you are aware of the problem don't ignore it, become an abolitionist. Spread awareness or volunteer to help with an anti-trafficking group in your area. 

Founder of Survivor’s Ink Jennifer Kempton

This past week was marked by the passing of human trafficking survivor turned advocate, Jennifer Kempton.  Her death at 35, apparently the result of a drug overdose, highlights one of the many problems a survivor can carry forward for the rest of their lives.  

The organization she left behind, Survivor's Ink, among other services provides cover-up tattoos for women who were physically marked through abuse or branding during their time in bondage.  Removing the visual reminder of a violent past is liberating, and can help to move a victim into recovery. Though she is gone, she has left behind a legacy that will endure, not only in her organization, but in countless others that she inspired others to form.  Please visit their site to learn more and make a donation.  Also, the family has started a crowdfunding campaign for funeral expenses.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of a beautiful soul, Jennifer Kempton, founder of Survivors Ink (SI). Our hearts are broken. We have lost an amazing person whose work, passion, and inspiration made the world a better place.

Although Jennifer is no longer here beside us in the fight against human trafficking, we seek  to honor her work and legacy. We will continue to work in God’s name and in Jennifer’s memory to empower survivors to break their chains of bondage. She would expect nothing less of us. 

The two main missions of Survivor’s Ink are to connect survivors to resources and to cover the marks of ownership and violence given to them by their traffickers. Every life touched by SI is in honor of Jennifer and the way she inspired us all to make a difference. And with each life we touch, we hope to find healing for the pain of losing her.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Jennifer's family and many friends in this incredibly difficult time. 

 

Founder & Director / Inspirational Speaker / Educational Instructor / Abolitionist / Advocate

Jennifer Kempton is a survivor of human trafficking who uses her experience to promote awareness and advocate for social change.  During her horrific time on the streets she was branded and sold by her abusers. After obtaining her freedom, these marks became constant reminders of her abuse until she was given a gift of a tattoo cover-up.  The liberation she experienced through covering her brands inspired her to found Survivor’s Ink.   

Survivor’s Ink

Formed in 2014 under the umbrella organization Art for Abolition and later Gracehaven, Survivor’s Ink has quickly grown into a full-service organization receiving global attention. 

Civic Awards:

  • 2016 Liberator Award: Organization of the Year
  • 2016 Role Model Difference Maker Award - Jennifer Kempton

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After establishing an independent 501c3 in August of 2015, Survivor’s Ink expanded its mission and offerings.  In addition to providing cover-up tattoos (sometimes referred to as de-branding tattoos), the organization conducts street outreach weekly, passing out hygiene bags, coats, clothing, and blankets to victims of human trafficking. Survivor's Ink also provides follow-up care and advocacy to our survivors, ensuring their long-term stability and success by connecting them with the resources they need.

 Jennifer has also been a cornerstone in awareness events and campaigns by sharing her story along with her firsthand knowledge of the tactics and psychology of the human trafficking industry.  Some of the events at which she has been a key player include:

  • Unlocking the Chains
  • Concept Freedom
  • Break Every Chain Conference
  • Reynoldsburg Break Every Chain
  • End Slavery, Cincinnati
  • Eyes Wide Open
  • Fit for Freedom 5K
  • Transforming Scars into Art

Through Jennifer’s excellent networking skills, Survivor’s Ink has secured many partnerships and garnered support from organizations across the country including:

  • Girls with Attitude / Hazels House of Hope
  • CATCH Court
  • Woman’s Life
  • Crossroads TV Church

Jennifer’s dedication, perseverance, vision, and drive transformed Survivor’s Ink from dream into a highly engaged and successful reality. Her ability to inspire and activate volunteers and donors has paved the way for the organization’s success, while her natural leadership and networking skills will ensure future sustainability.

Ivanka Holds Talk On Human Trafficking

Love them or hate them, the Trump family has shown a passion to fight against pedophilia and human trafficking.  As the First Daughter and White House counselor, Ivanka Trump is continuing to push forward in this administration's fight by holding a roundtable discussion on the topic.

By Megan Trimble, Associate Editor, Social Media | May 19, 2017, at 3:07 p.m.

https://youtu.be/aso35J9aozQ

Ivanka Trump's prominent role and voice within her father's White House was again evident this week.

While President Donald Trump was away to deliver a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, his oldest daughter hosted a bipartisan group of lawmakers, advocacy groups focused on combating human trafficking, and trafficking victims for a Wednesday roundtable on the issue at the White House.

"Combating human trafficking and modern slavery is both a moral and strategic interest domestically and abroad," she said while discussing the administration's efforts to fight trafficking.

The discussion was a follow-up to a February meeting on the issue, according to a White House spokeswoman. That session reportedly was organized by the first daughter, and back then, President Trump said he would bring the "full force and weight" of the U.S. government to the fight against trafficking.

On Wednesday, Ivanka Trump, who holds the title of White House counselor, said there was a 35 percent increase in cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2016 from the year before. More than 8,000 cases were reported last year, she said.

 

Members of Congress at the session included House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as well as Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

Trump said "Combating Trafficking and Child Protection Week" is slated for next week in Congress, and lawmakers are expected to put forward multiple pieces of legislation addressing the issue.

Hold Cosmo Accountable

We are joining the movement to hold Cosmo's parent company, Hearst Communications, accountable for fueling our sexually exploitative culture. You cannot go through the grocery store checkout lane without being bombarded with their covers about sex. Magazines like Cosmo create a hyper-sexualized culture that leads to more people being sexually exploited and trafficked. 

Photos from Cosmopolitan

Stand with us, along with many other Abolitionist, and fill out an online letter to Executives from Hearst Communications, Cosmo's parent company. The letter is already written, but you can change it if you want. It's really simple and only takes a couple minutes. To take a stand with us click on the button below.