Thursday, January 15, 2015

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Event Series: What Business Can Do To Fight Human Trafficking


The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the educational 501c(3) affiliate of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, has initiated an awareness raising program to educate small and mid-size businesses on the human trafficking issue. Human trafficking is considered the worst human rights violation that takes place in the world today.

Businesses can be linked to trafficking through the recruitment, transport, harboring, or receipt of persons for the purpose of exploitation. Businesses also can be implicated unknowingly in human trafficking if their premises, products or services are used for trafficking or linked to trafficking through the actions of their suppliers or business partners.

The upcoming event scheduled for February 12th, 2015 the panel and talking points would include:

David Arkless- Chairman Arklight Consulting, founding counselor Board Member gBCAT Global Business Coalition Against Trafficking :Corporates and the human trafficking landscape/ Importance of corporate engagement/Issues and concerns.

Rosalee Keech- Board Member and UN Observer for the League of Women Voters:Business Operations and Compliance Implications/Zero Tolerance Program Components/Next Steps.

Debra Brown Steinberg, Founder, VS.: Confronting Modern Slavery in America, and Partner (Retired) of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP: - Evolving Legislative front and update.

John Temple -Attorney-in-Charge, Human Trafficking Program, New York County District Attorney's Office -Office Human Trafficking Program-

Moderator: Patricia Cole, Manhattan Chamber Anti Trafficking Founder and Program Director, representative of the UN RSHM NGO, Committee Stop Trafficking in Persons Coaltion at the UN.

These presentations will provide attendees with an understanding amongst other things of; the scope of Trafficking, the implications to the global business community, advocacy in action by small business and other corporate concerns and the benefits of involvement.

This Manhattan Chamber Anti-trafficking education program is an exemplary opportunity for good business to expand and strengthen their internal standards and corporate practices. It enables business to respond to the ever growing global demand for pro-active social involvement and commitment and the ability to join the fight to end human rights abuses and “modern slavery”.

For more information on this series please contact

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