Justice for Immigrants: World Refugee Day, June 20
The United Nations honors the strength and courage of refugees around the globe with World Refugee Day on June 20. Whoever, Whenever, Wherever, everyone has the universal right to seek safety. The UN 1951 Refugee Convention, also known as the Geneva Convention, and its 1967 Protocol, outlines the rights of refugees built around the principle of non-refoulement – that refugees should not be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom. It also includes the refugees’ obligations to the host country. Let us stand #WithRefugees.
End Human Trafficking: Forced Labor
As we begin a new fiscal year in July, the End Human Trafficking Committee will focus on increasing awareness of the Forced Labor aspect of Human Trafficking. We invite you to join our committee to learn with us about this type of trafficking.
What is Forced Labor?
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines Forced Labor “… when individuals are compelled against their will to provide work or service through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.” Forced labor is an international issue; it occurs in the United States and in Canada. A National Institute of Justice study found that 71% of those experiencing forced labor in the United States entered the country on lawful H-2A (agricultural sector) and H-2B (non-agricultural sector) visas.
[source: DHS site}