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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Guam, CNMI marks ‘Stalking and Human Trafficking Month’

Guam photo of some of the Human Trafficking Task Force members, courtesy of Cynthia Cabot from the Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence. January 2014 has been proclaimed as National Slavery and Prevention and Awareness of Human Trafficking Month by President Barack Obama. On Jan. 10, 2014, Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo and CNMI Gov. Eloy S. Inos proclaimed “Stalking and Human Trafficking” Month. Communities nationwide join together to raise awareness about the ills of human trafficking, slavery and stalking.

The Guam Human Trafficking Task Force organized several events to commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month in Guam, including a public waving in front of Skinner Plaza, Hagatna on Jan. 16; human trafficking awareness workshops for medical and health professionals at Guam Memorial Hospital and public health centers in Dededo, Mangilao, and Inarajan; and community outreach at Agana Shopping Center on Jan. 20.

The task force also spearheaded simultaneous candlelight vigils on Jan. 22, from 6pm to 7pm in Agat, Asan-Maina, Dededo, Hagatna (Chamorro Village), Inarajan, Ordot/Chalan Pago, Piti, Talofofo, and Tamuning.

The CNMI Human Trafficking Intervention Coalition has planned a community outreach for Jan. 23, 2014, from 5pm to 9pm at the Thursday Night Market in Garapan, and a Human Trafficking Awareness Workshop on Jan. 29, 2014, from 8am to 9am, to be held at Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.

The Guam Human Trafficking Task Force and the CNMI Human Trafficking Intervention Coalition—composed of representatives of federal and local law enforcement agencies, victim service providers, social service providers, medical and health professionals, faith-based organizations, and other community partners—will continue to respond to the needs of human trafficking victims and their families and to hold offenders accountable.

For more information about the events, contact Mae Blas at (671) 477-4144 or via email at salome.blas@usdoj.gov. (USAO)

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