HOURS WORKED THIS WEEK:
03rd Feb to 10th Feb ................................................................................................................................. 14 hrs
This week completed research into the definition area of the website.
Researched You tube for appropriate videos, selected 4 of them for the Victims of Human Trafficking Page and loaded them ensuring that they download and play when selected by readers of our website, making sure that the subject matter was not only appropriate but relevant to this website, and that they related to USA. Found that many are international or related to other countries which was not suitable, but giving me a real sense of the magnitude of the problem. Spent 4 1/2 hours watching many disturbing videos. The subject matter became very real for me creating an awareness of how much videos can give a reader or viewer a more complete picture of the issue. As a website designer and creater this gave me an insight into the value of video's and how our present society relies on moving images as apposed to reading material. I will bear this in mind in future when developing website for clients.
Completed this week:
Layout for the Survivors, Victims and Perpatrators Pages.
Revamped the website as I decided the content area was too heavy (wide) and was wider than the header panel.
Resized all the pictures and the content holders in order to get it looking leaner.
At all times ensuring that the integrity of the holding site was not disturbed.
January Is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
January 1, 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, in which President Lincoln declared that all persons within the Confederate states, "shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free." While the Proclamation did not officially end legal slavery in the United States, it marked a significant shift in the country leading to the passage of the 13th amendment in 1865 which formally abolished legal forms of slavery and indentured servitude.
Unfortunately, slavery still thrives through illicit means. Today, millions of human trafficking victims are enslaved throughout the world and in the United States.
President Obama proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, reaffirming America’s commitment to ending this terrible human rights abuse. He notes that while the road to the eradication of human trafficking may be long, continued commitment to the victims of this crime can again lead to great change; “These achievements [the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th amendment] once seemed impossible -- but on this day, let us remember that they were not, and let us press on toward the future we know is possible.”
This January, OVC asks you to educate yourself about human trafficking and raise awareness in your community. In recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, OVC has produced a 30 second public service announcement (PSA), as well as a public awareness poster that can be personalized with local contact information for use throughout the year.
Download the PSA and poster (PDF 108 kb), which focus on sex trafficking of U.S. minors, to support your outreach and awareness efforts. They will be featured resources in the 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide, available soon on the OVC website.
Learn how to identify victims of human trafficking and where they can go for help by reviewing the following OVC resources:
- Information about OVC initiatives, as well as additional trafficking grants, that focus on the goal of extending critically needed legal assistance to victims of this heinous crime are available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/news/human_trafficking.html.
- Identify OVC-funded grantee programs to help victims of human trafficking at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/grants/traffickingmatrix.html .
- Download the OVC/BJA Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide at www.ovcttac.gov/taskforceguide.
- Visit the Human Trafficking section of the OVC Web site and the Spotlight on Trafficking in Persons, available from OVC’s information clearinghouse, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, for additional resources.
- White House Initiative to End Human Trafficking, http://www.whitehouse.gov/endtrafficking
- U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/crm/htpu.php
- U.S. Department of State 2012 Trafficking In Persons Report, http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2012/index.htm
- Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign, http://www.dhs.gov/topic/human-trafficking
- Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking, http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/programs/anti-trafficking