District 15 Zontians 
Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking!

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will.

It is estimated that there are
100,000 children in the sex trade
in the United States each year

New Human Trafficking Unit Files State's First Charges Under New Law
Contact:  John Sellek or Joy Yearout 517-373-8060
Agency: Attorney General 

 "Modern day slavery happens in Michigan every day and it must be stopped," said Schuette.  "I am committed to a new fight against this enslavement of our children.  This is a warning for the criminals running these operations: Your time is up."

Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center
if you think you've encountered a
victim of trafficking: 1.888.373.7888

D15 Clubs Take Action

Zonta Club of Gaylord: International Women's Day, Annual WARs Party

Zonta Club of Grand Rapids: Annual FocuZ Advocacy Event

Red Flags - Indicators of Human Trafficking

  • Restriction on freedom of movement of the worker.
  • Especially long work hours
  • Little or no pay.
  • Harsh working conditions.
  • Security measures in the work area.
  • Worker exhibits fear, anxiety
  • Poor physical health
  • The worker has signs of physical or sexual abuse.
  • The worker is not in control of his money or identification documents.
  • The worker cannot speak for himself.
  • The worker has numerous inconsistencies in his or her story.

Human Trafficking

The 2014 District 15 Fall Conference Status of Women luncheon program on Human Trafficking was very inspiring.  Educating the public is a key to reducing its impact on our society.

The Her Story Theater is a theater for social change thru performance and writing.  Their production of The News on Shadow Town II; The Johns is about the men who buy girls for sex and what it costs.  Written and directed by Mary Bonnett, it tells the story about sex trafficking in the Chicago area, facts were obtained thru interviews with the victims and law enforcement.

Proceeds from the play benefit The Dreamcatcher Foundation's Crisis Drop-In Center for Sex Trafficked Girls in Chicagoland. After most performances there is a panel discussion with experts in this field.  The play opened this past Thursday and runs until November 23, 2014.  

Please visit www.herstorytheater.org for more information.

Tentative plans by several of Leelanau County Zontians, is to attend a performance on or around November 7 or 8th.

With State Senator Judy Emmons, her legislative colleagues,
and many concerned Michigan citizens!
Save the Dates for upcoming legislative events
*Thursday, May 22nd, 2014, 9:00 AM*
Legislation updates Rally Visits with lawmakers
Movie viewing
*Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 9:00 AM*
Legislation updates
Visits with lawmakers
Movie viewing
(S.O.A.P. delivery to legislative offices day)
Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution
Both days events will include:
~Updates on the human trafficking legislation moving through the Michigan legislature
~ Rally on the lawn of the State Capitol to show legislators your support of the legislation
(rain or shine – be prepared)
~ Time for visits with your own House & Senate representatives or staffers
~ Private viewing of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls(May 22nd) or
Sex & Money A National Search for Human Worth(June 10th)
***R.S.V.P to –SenJEmmons@senate.michigan.govor 517-373-3760***
**All Worthy of Love an anti-human trafficking non-profit,
 that reaches out directly to those enslaved by prostitution through local weekly outreach will be
collecting travel sized personal care items and individually wrapped, non-perishable snack items to be
delivered to trafficked persons on the streets of Michigan. Suggested items include shampoo, conditioner, soap,
toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, washcloths, cereal or granola
bars, juice pouches, fruit snacks to name a few.
Gift cards to Meijer, Costco or Kroger are always welcome too.**.

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 HUMAN TRAFFICKING Statistics                                                      
14,400 - 17,500:  estimated number of people trafficked into the U.S. each year.

50% of people trafficked into the U.S. each year are children.

800,000 people are trafficked worldwide each year.

East Asia/Pacific is the region that is the largest source of people who are trafficked into the U.S. each year.    
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District 15 Conference Keynote Speaker Honored for
Work Combating Human Trafficking

Brid gett Carr, the luncheon speaker at the District 15 conference this year, has been named by Marie Claire magazine as this year's Top Lawyer and one of 16 Women on Top due to her work combating human 
 trafficking. She is the founder of the
University of Michigan Law  School Human Trafficking Clinical Program. The database of human trafficking case law maintained by the law students in that program is the singular source of US data used by the United Nations in it's recently launched global trafficking database.

The magazine is available on newsstands or read more at http://www.law.umich.edu/newsandinfo









Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force

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Human Trafficking Task Force
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If you think you've encountered a
victim of human trafficking call

District 15 Affiliation with

Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force

At the 2011 District conference, delegates of clubs approved the district initiated proposal that Zonta District 15 establish a cooperative affiliation with the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.  The adoption was recommended by the District 15 Board.

Zonta International Affiliation Policy: CO-OPERATING with another organization means that Zonta and the other organization agree to work together on a specific project or program.  Zonta International, clubs and districts may co-operate with other organizations in order to advance projects or programs that are consistent with Zonta International’s objects, provided that:

a.   Zonta’s nonpartisan and nonsectarian character is preserved;

b.   the “affiliation”1 will not put at risk Zonta’s consultative status with United Nations agencies;

c.   the “affiliation”1 will not put at risk Zonta’s tax status (e.g., tax-exempt in the United States under Sec. 501(c)(4) of the United States Internal Revenue Code).

d)   Zonta’s independence and name are not likely to be adversely affected;

e)   No other organization can use Zonta’s name, logo or reference to same without the written agreement of the ‘Zonta’ party (i.e. Zonta International, club or district). 

Members who attend the District 15 conference received a wealth of information about human trafficking from the founder and two representatives of member agencies of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.  These individuals have extensive knowledge of human trafficking and provided informative presentations about Michigan laws, the prevalence of this modern day slavery as well as advocating for and providing service for victims. 

The Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force exists to facilitate a collaborative effort to prevent trafficking of persons within the State of Michigan, to pursue prosecution of perpetrators, and to protect and rehabilitate trafficking victims.  It is made up of over 90 member agencies consisting of Federal, State, and local law enforcement service providers, NGO's, victim service providers, faith based organizations, the State Attorney General, US Attorneys, Prosecuting Attorneys of Michigan, health service providers, the Trafficking Clinic at U of M Law School, and community members.  The organizational meetings of all members are at least every other month at MSU and membership in committee work is encouraged.  The School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University is the home of the Task Force with the Director from that background.  The Task Force exists through the volunteer work accomplished by its membership and the generosity of individuals and groups who are willing to support the work effort. Currently the focus is on identification of victims and the direction from intelligence, victim services, and community support committees.  

The mission of this organization is to increase collaboration and response between law enforcement and social service agencies relating to the issues of human trafficking, in order to create an ongoing victim support and recovery protocol;  to coordinate and implement an ongoing training model for law enforcement and social service agency providers; to build awareness in Michigan communities on issues directly or indirectly relating to human trafficking;  to create and maintain an ongoing information-sharing network and protocol for various stakeholders; and to collect, evaluate, and disseminate legal mechanisms to combat human trafficking.

Detailed information about the members of the task force, service providers, law enforcement involvement and victim resources is available at the website that will soon be expanded:  www.humantrafficking.msu.edu and FACEBOOK….Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force. 

It is estimated that nearly twenty-seven million people are in bondage today, worldwide. Given the hidden nature of the crimes, the best estimates are only rough estimates. No state in the United States has escaped and all have had victims being rescued and traffickers being prosecuted but the numbers alone do not speak the true picture of what modern slavery is for those most afflicted.  Undoubtedly it appears that women and children in both sexual and labor exploitation are those that are most vulnerable. Native born trafficking victims do not have the kind of protections international victims have access to and this is one arena that the Task Force is working towards correcting. Trafficking is the third most profitable criminal enterprise with profits in the billions of dollars. Commercial sex slaves, construction workers, nail and massage parlors, labor situations including agricultural and landscaping businesses, domestic workers are all examples of occupations where slavery both foreign and domestic workers are found. 

One-third of all identified cases of trafficking uncovered in the United States have been through efforts of community people. The need for service clubs to be actively involved can never be overstated. That kind of leadership and activism has and can produce untold results, whether it is recognition efforts, providing pathways for victims to pursue after being rescued and wishing to restart their lives, lobbying for laws that protect our minor children, many different kinds of resources, and to just be a model in their communities of insisting that trafficking will not continue to be overlooked.  

The Task Force is appreciative of the work of District 15 in so many areas at both the club and district levels through the fine support that has already been given through leadership and activism to the anti-trafficking movement.  The Task Force requested that Zonta District 15 participate in the movement to stop trafficking by becoming a lead service organization in this opportunity to assist untold victims through service and advocacy.

 Only Zonta International can join other organizations. Therefore, approval of the proposal does not result in District 15 becoming a member of the Michigan HumanTrafficking Task Force.  Instead adoption of the proposal formalized a cooperative affiliation with the Task Force.  Such an affiliation does not require any financial obligation at the district or club levels.