How to Help Refugee Children Globally

How to Help Refugee Children Globally

Refugee Children Anywhere in The World are at heightened risk of violence, exploitation and abuse.

 

RISKS:

Human trafficking, forced into  child labour, exposed to aggravated smuggling. Displaced women and girls are especially at risk of Gender-based Violence.

HOW TO HELP:

  • Do not immediately assume that she is lost. Verify that the child is unaccompanied or has been separated from her family. Do not separate a child from her parents, siblings or other family members with whom she travelled.
  • Since the child’s caregiver may be close by, ask refugees in the immediate vicinity if they know the child. Do not leave the child. Unless there is imminent danger, remain at that location with the child until you can verify the caregiver’s whereabouts and ensure the child is in safe hands.
  • Do not, under any circumstance, leave the child with another volunteer. Do not accept help from another volunteer who offers to escort the child to safety.
  • If, following the above steps, you believe the child is unaccompanied or has been separated from his family, ask the child for his name, age, hometown and information about his family. Record any additional information that may help authorities with family tracing and reunification. If the child is unable to provide this information, ask other refugees travelling near the child what they know.
  • Keep the child’s clothes and belongings with her at all times. These might help authorities trace her family.
  • Contact a competent authority – such as the local municipality government, border police, Ukraine’s consular services in the host country, or officials from UNICEF. Share the child’s information and location, and follow the authority’s instructions. Do not leave the child.
  • Do not share information about the child with anyone else, aside from competent authorities.
  • Explain to the child what will happen next. Do not promise that you will find his parents: This could cause him additional confusion and distress if he’s received, instead, by the safe hands of a competent authority/child protection officer.
  • Do not leave the child until she is in the safe hands of a competent authority/child protection officer. Do not leave the child with anyone else.

#humanrights #protectchildren  #humantrafficking #childtrafficking #genderbasedviolence #kindness #love #humanitarion

https://www.unicef.org/emergencies/guidance-protecting-displaced-children-ukraine

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Organ Trafficking – A Hidden Crime

Organ Trafficking – A Hidden Crime

ORGAN TRAFFICKING

Also Known as Organ Harvesting and Transplant Tourism

Range of criminal activities, including illegal organ harvesting from a living or dead individual and the illegal sale and transplantation of human organs.
Organ trafficking is the practice of stealing or buying organs through exploitation to be sold on a black market for profit, and transplant tourism is traveling to another country for the purpose of buying, selling, or receiving organs.

Information suggests a wide spectrum of actors are involved in organ trafficking in North and West Africa with connections to the medical sector in countries from Africa and beyond, notably in Asia and the Middle East.

Organ Trafficking can be done only in the framework of complex networks, due to the required skills (medical specialists, surgeons, nurses), logistics (matching compatible patients and donors), and healthcare facilities (analytical laboratories, clinics, operating rooms)

CHARACTERISTICS:

Individuals who sell or otherwise provide organs for the illegal trade may be

  • deceased persons who did not consent to the use of their organs, or individuals who are killed for their organs;
  • living persons who do not consent to the use or harvesting of their organs or are coerced, including by threat of force or offers for payment that take advantage of economic duress; or
  • living persons who consent to sell an organ (in some cases, such individuals may be misled about the nature of the medical procedure and recovery).

Kidneys are the most trafficked organ worldwide because a patient or donor can survive with only kidney. It is estimated that approximately 7,000 kidneys are harvested and trafficked illegally each year.

“Organized criminal groups profit from the desperation of the unemployed, migrants, asylum seekers and refugees to coerce them into selling an organ. Victims of human trafficking for sexual and labour purposes also find themselves at additional risk.

The techniques used for the recruitment and control of the victims are the same as those used for other types of human trafficking, such as promises of job opportunities abroad, as well as the use of threats and violence.

Most often, victim-donors receive a smaller amount of the money than had been agreed with the recruiter or broker, and in some cases they may not get any of the promised payment. Many victim-donors have suffered post-operative complications and health issues.

The socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to fuel    Trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal (THBOR -is one of the most coercive, exploitative forms of the human organ trade) as it will likely be easier for brokers to coerce vulnerable individuals to sell an organ to improve their economic conditions. This is exacerbated by the fact that legal organ donations, and therefore transplants, have suffered major decreases since the outbreak of COVID-19

Then currently, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has plundered the people there into total desperation in every aspect and many are becoming refugees which worstens the situation and becuase of the desperations presented they are now vulnerable to predators who will exploit their vulnerabilities to recruit victims into all forms of trafficking.

World Health Organization (WHO) Guiding Principles on Human Cell, Tissue, and Organ Transplantation

live donations should occur with the donor’s informed and voluntary consent and that donors should be provided professional medical care (Guiding Principle 3),

• cells, tissues, and organs should be donated, not sold, and that sales should be prohibited, though compensation for donations is permitted (Guiding Principle 5), and

• health professionals should not engage in, or provide insurance coverage for, transplantations that involved “exploitation or coercion of, or payment

The safe and legal way of donating organs is to choose to become an organ donor.  In South Africa should you wish to become an organ donor, you can contact the Organ Donor Foundation on 0800 226 611.

 

https://www.fairplanet.org/story/a-penny-for-a-kidney-ille.gal-organ-trafficking-in-africa/

https://www.iol.co.za/news/watch-shock-tactics-highlight-lucrative-organ-trade-8567457

https://uk.blastingnews.com/world/2017/03/the-alarming-number-of-children-killed-for-black-market-organ-trade-001521247.amp.html

https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/surve-philanthropies-and-independent-media-continue-to-support-season-2-of-docuseries-investigating-baby-trafficking-78d99dee-e25d-43f0-8964-14b7892ce5b5

https://www.interpol.int/en/News-and-Events/News/2021/North-and-West-Africa-INTERPOL-report-highlights-human-trafficking-for-organ-removalhttp://Trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal (THBOR) is one of the most coercive, exploitative forms of the human organ trade.

https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IN/IN11345
#endhumantrafficking

#endchildtrafficking

#organharvesting

#transplanttourism

#savinglivesthroughawrenessandeducation

We appeal to you to Donate now to keep our doors open and ensure ACT Africa’s financial sustainability during this perilous time and far into the future and will be assisting us in our mission to Save Lives Through Awareness and Education. #Donate today

Your donation will be used for the sustainability of our projects and the organisation.

Our banking details are:

Account holder: Awareness for Child Trafficking Africa (ACT Africa)

Bank:  First National Bank

Account Number:62827188237

Branch Code 256055

Swift Code FIRNZAJJ

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Webinar Registration Ignite: 2022 Leadership Training Series on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Webinar Registration Ignite: 2022 Leadership Training Series on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

ACT Africa is part of the CESE ( Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation) across Africa

Finally, everyone, the start of our CESE Africa 2022 webinar series in collaboration with World Hope International and ICOSE. Please circulate far and wide and let’s get people inspired to do something about the harms of pornography and its links to sexual violence and exploitation.

Starts Tomorrow

https://ncose.salsalabs.org/worldhopewebinar1/index.php

#webinar

#training

#endsexualexploitation 

#endgenderbasedviolence 

#endhumantrafficking 

#africa

 

 

How To Take Advantage of Tax-Deductible Donations to Charities

How To Take Advantage of Tax-Deductible Donations to Charities

Question: Are Charitable Donations Tax-Deductible in 2022?   

Answer:Yes, 10% of taxable earnings towards an approved Public Benefit Organisation is tax-deductible

Tax season 2022 ends 28 February 2022 for South Africa

Please take advantage of the tax-deductible amount for donating to charitable causes.

The current tax year for individuals and many companies is coming to an end, and we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that, since Awareness for Child Trafficking Africa (ACT Africa) is registered under section 18A of the Income Tax Act, any donations made to our organisation are fully tax-deductible.

How to take Advantage of Tax- Deductible Donations To Charities:

Section 18A of the Income Tax Act allows individuals to donate up to 10% of taxable earnings towards an approved Public Benefit Organisation on a tax-deductible basis.

Tax benefits of Donating to Charity – Click on the link blow to Know More…

https://www.sars.gov.za/types-of-tax/donations-tax/

We would like to appeal to you to consider making a donation before the 28th of February in return for a Section 18A certificate which will make this donation tax-deductible. 

Donate now to keep our doors open and ensure ACT Africa’s financial sustainability during this perilous time and far into the future and will be assisting is in our mission to Save Lives Through Awareness and Education. 

Your donation will be used for the sustainability of our projects and the organisation.

Our banking details are:
Account holder: Awareness for Child Trafficking Africa (ACT Africa)

Bank:  First National Bank

Account Number:62827188237

Branch Code 256055

Swift Code FIRNZAJJ

Email Proof of Donation to accounts@actafrica.org.za

OR

Click on the link below

https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/awarenessforchildtraffickingafricaactafrica

We look forward to hearing from you 

Kind Regards

Hilary Leong

Co-Founder/Chairperson

Awareness for Child Trafficking Africa (ACT Africa)

#actafrica

#endgenderbasedviolence

#endhumantrafficking

#donate

#taxseason2022

#taxdeductibledonation 🇿🇦

#savelives

#awareness

#education

 

It Is Your Business-How to Protect Your Children Online

It Is Your Business-How to Protect Your Children Online

We have been doing blogs, speaking on various platforms, hosting various programmes and activities about the dangers online, how predators are using online platforms to reel in their victims etc. and advice on how to keep safe.Two of such blogs amongst others which I refer to so we don’t rehash what’s already been penned down are:

Stop Online Child Sexual Abuse

and

Secret codes and language used by kids and traffickers.

Furthermore as per the Internet Watch Foundation, 2021 has been the worst year on record for Child Sexual Abuse Online 😱😱💔💔

” The Internet Watch Foundation reported its worst year on record for child sexual abuse online in 2021 as it confirmed 252,000 URLs containing images or videos of children being sexually abused, compared with 153,000 in the previous year.

“https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jan/13/2021-was-worst-year-on-record-for-online-child-sex-abuse-says-iwf

As parents we need to protect our children at all costs. So here is how..

  1. Communication is key ie healthy and what I call Linear Communication and not Vertical Communication.  Linear means talking to someone at their level  so they feel comfortable to communicate and  Vertical means talking down and ultimately makes one uncomfortable to communicate.
  2. It is your business as the parent of a child to know what is happening in their lives, what clothes they wear, what’s in the school bag, cupboard, pocket, under the bed, who they meet, who their friends are, what sites they visit online, what social media platforms they on etc
  3. It is your business and responsibility as a parent to protect, provide, nurture and love your children.
  4. It is Not your business or right to abuse them mentally, emotionally and physically in any way, form or shape. Children learn from what parents do and are affected accordingly and this will become actionable in their lives in the  present and future .
  5. Human Trafficking and Gender based Violence does not only happen when the perpetrator and victim are physically present within the same space. It happens virtually too..which means over online platforms  and to mention a few like WhatsApp, Instagram, Tik Tok, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, Messenger, Twitter, Gaming Platforms, Internet Sites,  etc  

So we are not all tech savvy and able to protect our children online ourselves but help is out there to assist us in doing so.  ACT Africa believes in bringing tangible solutions to the Awareness and Education we came across one such tangible solution to assist with protecting your children online which is the Bark tech platform which offers this help  –

https://www.bark.us/how/

We strongly encourage you to go through it,  see how it works, download the app and get started with protecting your children.

#Let’slookafterourchildren✅

#endgenderbasedviolence ❌

#endhumantrafficking ❌

#breakthesilence ❌

#breakthechains ❌

#safespaces✅

#actafrica ✅

Furthermore, should you wish to assist us to continue to Save lives through Awareness and Education, please Donate.  We cannot do this without your help…Our banking details are:

Account holder: Awareness for Child Trafficking Africa (ACT Africa)

Bank: First National Bank

Account Number:62827188237

Branch Code 256055

Swift Code FIRNZAJJ
Email Proof of Donation to accounts@actafrica.org.za

Or Click  on the Link Below

https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/awarenessforchildtraffickingafricaactafrica

Please note, all donations/sponsorship to ACT Africa is tax deductible and a Tax Certificate will be issued upon request as per Section 18A of the Income Tax Act of 1962 of South Africa.

Written by: Hilary Leong

Press Conference Held for Upcoming International Men’s GBVF Conference on 14 August 2021 – Moved to 18 September

Press Conference Held for Upcoming International Men’s GBVF Conference on 14 August 2021 – Moved to 18 September

GBVF and Human Trafficking has been steadily increasing over the past 5 years but more so since Covid-19 Pandemic. The consequence of lockdown being a major economic downturn, which resultantly impacted very negatively on Socio-Economic conditions plundering many into poverty making people vulnerable to the evils of Human Trafficking and GBVF and thus the statistics of these atrocities have spiked since.

GBVF is South Africa’s second Pandemic and in fact, the rest of the world is not far off from this. Domestic Violence has especially increased during the Covid-19 lockdown as frustration and depression levels have maximised. Forced Labour and sex trafficking have increased as Traffickers thrive in situations like the world is experiencing with Covid-19 by preying on peoples vulnerabilities.

In the past month alone, to mention a few amongst many cases of human trafficking.  Three weeks ago in Sandton 3 girls were rescued from sex trafficking. They were being held in an apartment after being lured from Upington to Sandton and used for prostitution. Last week a 13-year-old was rescued from sex trafficking too in the Vaal area. She was allegedly kidnapped and about to be sold to a human trafficking syndicate by her step-mother and step-grandmother for R40 million. In East London, 3 weeks ago, a 13-year-old down syndrome girl and a 15-year-old boy was rescued from sex trafficking after their mother sold them  to two shop owners in Keiskammahoek. In all these cases perpetrators have been arrested.

Gender-Based Violence cases in the past month to mention a few. Last week, ACT Africa received two calls for help against extreme domestic violence in less than 5 days. In both cases, alcohol was a huge driver and the men after being intoxicated became very abusive towards their wives, threatening to kill them. Last week Thursday a woman was beaten and burnt to death in Walkerville. Two weeks ago in Kwazulu Natal an 11-year-old was allegedly raped by her teacher in the toilet and threatened to be killed if she reported the matter to anyone.  Lerato Nkadimeng was brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend, her funeral was on 6 June 2021.

The Press Conference held at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton on 24 June, highlighted programmes to help men, offered by some of the organisations participating at the International Men’s Gender-Based Violence Conference on 18 September, which aims to address these atrocities by together with the men attending to find tangible solutions to break these cycles and to provide at the conference help for perpetrators and abused to receive the needed help from the various organisations present like NICDAM, SADAG, SANCA, FAN, MADA and Come Back Mission for continued assistance to break the cycle of abuse in their lives.

#endgenderbasedviolence ❌

#endhumantrafficking ❌