All posts tagged: human-rights

Dottie Laster, Survivors of human trafficking, ImaginePublicity

Dottie Laster: Why Do I Do What I Do? The Positive Effects of Human Trafficking Advocacy Training

As Dottie Laster completes another  Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy training session, the necessity for training across the country becomes clearer, this time in a heartwarming way. To her surprise, on the first day of the 2 day session, the attendees contained two survivors of trafficking  which she assisted in their rescue and restoration.  At the end of a long day of training, her thoughts return to other victims in need of the same services and the dire need for advocates to know exactly what to do for them. The Positive Effects of Human Trafficking Advocacy Training Advocacy training is where anyone can learn about case histories, legal details and distinctions in place to stop and punish traffickers, and how to become an advocate who brings recovery and services to survivors. It takes much more than reading books and articles, or even just the passion to help. Although both important, the rescue of trafficking victims is a dangerous business, and without proper training and support services, the dangers become quite risky. Victim restoration back into society is a …

Attorney Michelle S. Cruz, ImaginePublicity

Michelle S. Cruz and Margaret McLean Discuss Crime Victims’ Rights on “It’s a Crime Radio”

Listen LIVE Saturday with guest Attorney Michelle S. Cruz, Advocate for Victims’ Rights.  To listen LIVE at 1-2 Pacific, 4-5 Eastern CLICK HERE   When it comes to the rights of crime victims not too many are in the league of Michelle S. Cruz. Cruz is the former Connecticut State Victim Advocate and in that capacity she has had experience with all kinds of victims from domestic violence to murder and fearlessly defended their rights. This show will feature two powerhouse attorneys and former prosecutors discussing topics such as victims compensation at Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT to the rights of the victims of  Whitey Bulger currently amidst a dramatic federal racketeering trial, and who left countless victims in his wake. In a society where we feel that the criminals are balancing the scales of justice in their favor, crime victims need so much. Many have no idea exactly what their rights are and how to properly use them, if they don’t know what questions to ask, there aren’t answers they so richly deserve. Michelle Cruz …

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 …

NCCJ,Shattered LIves, Donna R. Gore

Shattered Lives: Reverend LA McCrae of the National Conference for Community and Justice

SHATTERED LIVES with Donna R. Gore, “LadyJustice” Examining the effects of those who have survived violent crime and how it has impacted their lives. Real people, real tragedy, real help. Saturdays at 5pm ET Listen LIVE:  CLICK HERE t Join the discussion with Rev. LA McCrae and one of the interns about how the Anytown Leadership Institute and Youth Establishing Strength campaigns work to transform lives. The mission of The National Conference for Community and Justice is a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism in America. Originally established in 1929 as a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism in America promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education. For the past 80 years, educators, corporate leaders, community organizations, government officials and faith leaders have recognized the NCCJ of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts as a powerful resource for addressing issues of diversity and social justice. Through it’s adult and youth programming, the NCCJ works with students, teachers, clergy, corporate and civic leaders to facilitate workshops, develop …

John and Becky Glezen,Shattered Lives, Donna R. Gore

Shattered Lives: Activism for the Gay Community

SHATTERED LIVES with Donna R. Gore, “LadyJustice” Examining the effects of those who have survived violent crime and how it has impacted their lives. Real people, real tragedy, real help. Saturdays at 5pm ET Listen LIVE or podcast:  CLICK HERE In a time in our country where information and discussion about LGBT (lesbian,gay,bisexual,transgendered) issues is often controversial and many times wrong, Shattered Lives welcomes Becky and John Glezen, co-leaders of the Greater Hartford , CT PFLAG organization. Becky and John Glezen, of Glastonbury, CT, attended their first PFLAG meeting 23 years ago, shortly after their oldest daughter came out to them as a lesbian. Feeling isolated, confused and in need of support and accurate information, they followed the advice of a friend who suggested PFLAG as a good source of what then seemed to be lacking in other institutions in their lives. The acronym PFLAG stands for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. It is a national organization with over 400 chapters nationwide. Its mission is support, education and advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, …