All posts tagged: Hero Award

Dottie Laster Speaking at Texas State University

On Monday, April 22, 2013, Dottie Laster will be speaking to Dr. Catherine Hawkins’ human rights class at Texas State University, San Marcos about the nuances of human trafficking occurring in colleges and universities across the country. Laster states on her blog, Anti-Human Trafficking News: What do bright college students have to worry about? Part 1 In the past 2 years, I have seen a sharp increase in the number of U.S. Citizen college students targeted by human trafficking. I also hear from victims that sex traffickers are lurking around high school and middle school campuses. After the many campus shootings and the other dangers parents warn their children about before sending them away from home for the first time, it is unlikely that most parents are discussing the tactics of “romeo pimps” with the daughters who have achieved academic success. Dottie will talk to the class about human rights, what they are, and the responsibility of exercising those rights in a lawful manner, not forfeiting them because of misinformation or lack of education about them.  She will also explain …

Hero Award, Dottie Laster

Dottie Laster Receives “Hero Award” From Youth For Human Rights International

In a world of turmoil it’s hard to discern our modern day heroes. Behind the headlines countless people quietly go about their missions. Combatting human trafficking, modern day slavery, has been the mission of Dottie Laster for over 10 years. A hero is defined as “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.”  Dottie Laster and her work to eradicate human trafficking are the epitome of this definition. On April 5, 2013 Dottie Laster was recognized and presented the “Hero Award” by Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, President, Youth for Human Rights International, in Washington, DC, for her continued determination to end human trafficking.  Youth for Human Rights International (www.youthforhumanrights.org) is the world’s largest nongovernmental human rights education program with the purpose of teaching youth the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and thereby making youth advocates for tolerance and peace. It is used by thousands of organizations and governments around the world. “These situations exist all over the world,” says Laster. “Trafficking involves compelled labor or service. You probably automatically think …