Natalie Jesionka, a lecturer, reporter and human rights advocate, wrote a three-piece article on Human Trafficking that was published online in the Daily Muse and then re-published in Forbes Magazine. Her first installment discusses Human Trafficking: The Myths and The Realities, which establishes that there are stories circulating about human trafficking that may be incorrect, and attempts to dispel false perceptions of the issue. Anyone interested in understanding a complex issue such as human trafficking must be sure they are aware of the problem from all standpoints. Her second installment presented The Fight for Freedom: 7 Organizations Combating Human Trafficking. In her third and final installment of the article Ms. Jesionka discusses Take Action: 7 Ways to Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking. Along with starting a community group, lobbying local policy makers, holding an event, and finding a job in the field, one suggestion she offers to the readers is to ‘start a research project’. She then references our project:
“Understanding trafficking isn’t about barging into brothels or passing judgment. It takes research, cultural understanding, and even personal experience to get a good grasp on the issues. Recent college grads Alexandra Wolf and Mona Sulieman wanted to do just that, so the two are journeying across the U.S. to learn more about the issue and dispel the myth that it’s only an issue of the developing world. (You can follow their experience looking into the domestic challenge and response to trafficking on their blog, Traffic in Our Streets.) But you don’t have to travel far to do something similar. If you have a paper, thesis, or presentation coming up, consider investigating human trafficking in relation to your sector or field of interest. No matter what you do, there’s likely a way that you can contribute your expertise to the dialogue on trafficking.” (Take Action: 7 Ways to Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking, By: Natalie Jesionka)
These articles are written to bring awareness to an under-publicized issue in the United States, and around the world. We appreciate Ms. Jesionka’s reference to our project. Ms. Jesionka is an inspiration to us in our work and we are grateful to have her support.
Natalie Jesionka is lecturer, reporter, and human rights advocate. Natalie serves as the Director of Human Rights Programs at the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights, and is the founder of the The Prizm Project, the first human rights education organization for young women. She lectures on women and war, gender and conflict, and human rights at Rutgers University. She runs Shatter the Looking Glass, an ethical travel magazine. To find out more about her work, visit www.shatterthelookingglass.com.