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Yoga for trafficking survivors

May 11, 2020 in News

On May 23, strengthen your body while supporting human trafficking survivors impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic! Join Breathe Barre and Pilates studio for a virtual Breathe Barre and Breathe Yoga class — 100% of the proceeds will be donated directly to 10ThousandWindows.

The Class

This class is a dynamic fusion between Breathe Barre and Breathe Yoga classes! The Barre tracks will focus on strengthening, firming, and toning your body from head to toe. You will be performing exercises that deeply isolate your muscles and work them to fatigue. The yoga portion will utilize conscious breathing and intentional movement to organize the body, release tension, and cultivate a meditative mind. All fitness and skill levels are welcome. Modifications will be provided. 

Sign Up

Step 1: Sign up for the charity class on Eventbrite.
Step 2: Make your donation. Click on the link in the email confirmation that you will receive and it will take you directly to the donation page.
Step 3: Come to our Virtual class. You will receive an email confirmation with a link for you to access the class.

Your generosity in action: COVID-19 Crisis response update

April 23, 2020 in News

Dr. Laura Cordisco Tsai shares a frontline report on how your generosity to our COVID-19 Crisis Response is unfolding in the Philippines.

COVID-19 is impacting human trafficking survivors. Here’s how.

April 2, 2020 in News

As the global Coronavirus crisis disrupts all of our lives, it is critically affecting the world’s most vulnerable. Here is how COVID-19 is impacting human trafficking survivors. 

Three weeks ago, my husband and I had our tent trailer packed and ready to go for an epic camping trip to Nevada and Utah with our three kids aged eight, six and four. We canceled at the last second as the Canada-US border closed to non-essential travel. Instead of hiking in Arches National park and marveling at the Las Vegas Strip, we found ourselves hunkering down at home to protect my mom (who lives with us), who is a cancer survivor and at higher risk for suffering serious complications related to COVID-19.

Like millions of others around North America, our lives and immediate plans have been disrupted. Even now, as friends are laid off from work and as the crisis wears on, canceling a long-dreamed-of vacation is the very least of our worries. My husband and I feel mounting stress as we try our best to work, parent, and school our kids from our house, which suddenly feels far too small for the five of us.

But these are not the things that keep me up at night.

What does disturb my dreams is the devastating impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on the world’s most fragile populations, including the human trafficking victims I serve through my work with 10ThousandWindows.

COVID-19 is critically affecting the world’s most vulnerable. I am receiving daily reports from my frontline colleagues that trafficking survivors who fought so hard to integrate into their communities, to upgrade their schooling, and to get good jobs are now being laid off. When they call us, they tell us how hungry their children are and that they don’t have money for food.

This is unlike anything I’ve seen before in my 10 years working in the counter-trafficking movement. Modern slavery, an egregious evil all on its own, is now enveloped within a global crisis that is spreading throughout the entire world, disrupting everything we’ve known and held dear.

It threatens to damage and undo so much of the work that has been done to restore and reintegrate victims of trafficking into their communities.

Right now, the trafficking victims we have fought so hard to free, to restore, and to integrate into their communities, are at risk again. Women who have worked hard to get good jobs and to provide for their families with dignity, are now wondering how they’ll make money to feed their kids. We’re seeing spikes in debilitating anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and returning trauma symptoms.

What we’re seeing is likely just the beginning. The impact on trafficking survivors around the world will exponentially increase over the coming months as the entire world reels from this crisis.

Even as I write this from my house in Canada, I’m aware that this can feel like an issue that’s far away, that doesn’t impact us here. But, if there’s anything COVID-19 has shown me, it’s how deeply connected we are, whether we want to admit it or not. We are a migrating, traveling world. Our economies, our collective health, and even our futures are intricately enmeshed.

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc on our lives, how do I want to remember my own response? I want to know that I honored the most vulnerable and fragile communities in the world – health workers, the elderly, the immune-compromised and victims of modern slavery.

On April 8, 2020, 10ThousandWindows is hosting an online virtual event to raise critical funds for trafficking survivors impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. I hope you’ll join me at the event as we Show Up for Trafficking Survivors.  If you can’t, I hope you’ll consider donating to our COVID-19 Crisis Response.

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Written by Amie Gosselin, External Relations Director for 10ThousandWindows

Show Up – A Virtual Event to Help Trafficking Survivors Impacted by COVID-19

April 1, 2020 in News

The world is a strange place these days, and we hope you are staying safe and well. As COVID-19 wreaks havoc in all of our lives, the impact on human trafficking survivors is devastating. Women who have overcome violence and exploitation are now losing jobs, losing income, and becoming more vulnerable to re-trafficking. 

On April 8, 2020, 10ThousandWindows is hosting an urgent fundraiser to raise the critical resources needed to support trafficking victims impacted by this crisis.

We hope you’ll join us. 

COVID-19: The situation in the Philippines is deteriorating

March 27, 2020 in News

A frontline update about our COVID-19 response in the Philippines.

We talked with Dr. Laura Cordisco Tsai, Technical Advisor for our programs in the Philippines. She is in daily communication with our frontline staff in Cebu, where the situation is getting worse every day due to the COVID-19 crisis.

These are deeply uncertain times, and we understand not everyone is able to give right now. But if you can, please consider giving to our COVID-19 Crisis Response. $25 feeds a trafficking victim and her family for a whole week. And right now, this support is critical. 

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Our frontline response to the COVID-19 crisis

March 25, 2020 in News

Our Frontline Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to affect the most vulnerable people in the world and human trafficking survivors are the hidden victims of the pandemic.

How does COVID-19 affect human trafficking?

We know trafficking is most likely to happen in economically depressed environments. Right now in Cebu City, businesses are closing and many trafficking victims have been laid off from their jobs. They are worried about having enough money to buy food. As the COVID-19 crisis intensifies, the risk of trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable people also grows.

How are we operating our program?

Though our programs continue, our approach is evolving as the crisis unfolds, and as we hear from survivors what their greatest needs are.

Like countless other organizations and businesses around the world, we have had to be creative. Our entire team across the Philippines and North America is working from home. However, staff and counselors in Cebu remain in close contact with survivors via phone calls, texts, and social media, knowing this is a crucial time to stay connected.

We have deployed our Crisis Intervention Team to respond to survivors who are facing urgent and critical needs. The number of survivors who are being laid off, or whose income has been affected by the pandemic is rising every day.
We have also initiated emergency cash transfers to help survivors who have lost jobs and are hungry and cannot afford food for their children.

How are we keeping staff and survivors safe?

All of our staff are following COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and raising awareness with survivors about the virus and now to minimize risk. We’ve postponed all in-person meetings and training sessions and continue to provide emotional and financial support to survivors as needed. We’ve also asked any staff member who shows symptoms of COVID-19 to immediately let us know so we can help them access healthcare.

We are committed to hearing from survivors how business closures are affecting them and are prepared to adapt our response as the crisis evolves.

How can you support trafficking victims during this crisis?

These are unprecedented times and we invite you to help the most vulnerable people right now by donating here.

This is a global crisis that affects us all. We are all in this together. Thank you for your support, for your compassion, and for your generosity.

Donate to our COVID-19 Crisis Reponse.

 

3 stories of amazing survivors to inspire you this International Women’s Day

March 6, 2020 in News

#IWD2020

This International Women’s Day We Celebrate

On International Women’s Day, the world celebrates women and their achievements. Of the 40 million people globally who are victims of modern slavery, 71% are women and girlsBut through the generosity and compassion of our partners and supporters, restoration is taking place

We honor the hundreds of women 10ThousandWindows serves that have suffered the horrors of slavery. We celebrate these women who have persevered through trauma and forged restored lives of purpose and dignity.

We also honor the amazing partners and supporters who are crucial in this mission of restoring survivors’ lives.

Here are the stories of three remarkable women who have overcome so much. Nina, Natalie, and Valerie endured the horrors of exploitation and trafficking, but with YOUR support are now living safe, free, and hopeful lives.

Ending human trafficking begins with awareness

January 27, 2020 in News

ending human trafficking

Ending human trafficking begins with awareness

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. Organizations, individuals, and advocates, including 10ThousandWindows, are working together to generate awareness about ending human trafficking.

Human trafficking, though it impacts 40 million people globally every year, is still a largely hidden issue.

What is human trafficking?

Slavery is not a thing of the past. In fact, it is a current, multi-billion dollar global industry. Every year, millions of people are trapped, coerced, and exploited in commercial sex or forced labor. This is human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery.

What you can do about it

– Learn more about human trafficking and know the facts.

– Learn how 10ThousandWindows is responding to a higher risk of suicide among human trafficking survivors in the Philippines.

– Follow 10ThousandWindows on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn for regular updates about human trafficking.

– Read stories of survivors and be inspired by what they have overcome.

Get involved with 10ThousandWindows – host an event or become a Pathway Partner.

– Spread the word – ending human trafficking begins with awareness!

How 10ThousandWindows confronts human trafficking

Most human trafficking survivors we work with ended up exploited after searching for a job. This story is far too common. Many victims we serve come from desperately poor communities with few opportunities for education or safe employment. These circumstances create perfect conditions for modern slavery and human trafficking to thrive.

Unless victims of trafficking have immediate access to good jobs post-trafficking, they remain at high risk for re-exploitation. That’s why 10ThousandWindows works at the intersection of poverty, human trafficking, and economic opportunity. When victims get job-readiness training and find safe work, they can stop the cycle of slavery in their life.

Human trafficking survivors have a heightened risk of suicide. This is how we’re responding.

January 21, 2020 in News

Human trafficking survivors are at higher risk for suicide than the rest of the population. In the Philippines where 10ThousandWindows operates, this alarming trend is also true.

Staff at trafficking-specific shelters in the Philippines have reported that up to one-third of their clients have expressed suicidal ideation. The 10ThousandWindows team in Cebu has also witnessed a growing number of survivors of trafficking disclosing suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts to staff over the past year.

“As the senior technical advisor at 10ThousandWindows, I have witnessed non-mental health staff struggling to support clients in crisis on a near-weekly basis. Building the capacity of our staff in suicide prevention and intervention has been a critical priority in my work. Because of this, we pursued a partnership with Columbia University and the University of Alabama so that our staff can be trained by global experts in suicide prevention,” says Dr. Laura Cordisco Tsai.

Traumatic experiences that survivors face during human trafficking can lead to depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Post-trafficking, survivors often experience community stigmatization, poverty, and family pressure and conflicts. All of these can heighten an individual’s risk for suicide.

In the Philippines, mental health services are rare and stigmatized. There is also an insufficient number of trained mental health professionals and a lack of culturally adapted evidence-based interventions in the country.

To address this urgent need, 10ThousandWindows is partnering with Columbia University’s Global Mental Health Program and the University of Alabama in a groundbreaking new strategy to deliver suicide prevention in the Philippines through non-mental health professionals. 10ThousandWindows staff are being trained by faculty from Columbia and the University of Alabama in the evidence-based suicide prevention intervention, the Suicide Safety Planning Intervention. Throughout the study, a suicide prevention program will be culturally adapted, and local staff capacity will be developed through a pilot program.

Columbia Suicide Intervention Training

Suicide Intervention Study leaders and participants from left to right: Dr. Laura Cordisco Tsai, Janice U., Dr. Milton Wainberg (Columbia University), Dr. Cady Carlson (University of Alabama), Rhea B., Dr. Terriann Nicholson (Columbia University)

As part of the study, 10ThousandWindows’ Philippines Deputy Country Director, Janice U., and Clinical Team Manager, Rhea B., traveled to the US for training with the Columbia team.

“What I appreciate most is the high level of support and encouragement everyone giving us in this project,” said Janice. “We are united in our goal of reaching out and helping each other in order to save lives.”

Rhea said that receiving training by leaders in the field of suicide prevention was important.

“I got to really learn from those who developed the Safety Planning Intervention,” said Rhea. “My training experience was a great learning opportunity and I look forward to integrating what I learned in our programs and processes.”

The study is co-led by Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellow and 10ThousandWindows Senior Technical Advisor Dr. Laura Cordisco Tsai, Dr. Milton Wainberg of Columbia University, and Dr. Catherine Carlson of the University of Alabama.

Lessons learned throughout the study and pilot program will be shared with other anti-trafficking organizations in order to improve the entire anti-slavery movement’s response.