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Districts of Guam & the Northern Mariana Islands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Guam And CNMI Commemorates Prevention And Awareness Of Human Trafficking And Stalking Month

January 18, 2014

            January 2014 has been proclaimed as National Slavery and Prevention and Awareness of Human Trafficking Month by President Barack Obama.  On January 10, 2014, Governor of Guam Eddie Baza Calvo and Governor Eloy S. Inos of the CNMI proclaimed “Stalking and Human Trafficking” month.  Communities nationwide join together to raise awareness about the ills of human trafficking, slavery and stalking.  

            The Guam Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF) has organized the following events to commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month in Guam:

     
    WAVE in front of Skinner Plaza, Hagatna from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
  • Friday January 17, 2014
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Workshops for medical and health professionals at GMH and Public Health Centers in Dededo, Mangilao and Inarajan
    Community Outreach at Agana Shopping Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014
  • Candlelight Vigils simultaneously from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Agat, Asan-Maina, Dededo, Hagatna (Chamorro Village), Inarajan, Ordot/Chalan Pago, Piti, Talofofo, and Tamuning

            The CNMI Human Trafficking Intervention Coalition has planned a community outreach for January 23, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Thursday Night Market in Garapan, and a Human Trafficking Awareness Workshop on January 29, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to be held at Commonwealth Health Care Corporation.

            The Guam Human Trafficking Task Force and the CNMI Human Trafficking Intervention Coalition comprised of representatives from federal and local law enforcement agencies, victim service providers, social service providers, medical and health professionals, faith based organizations, and other community partners, will continue to respond to the needs of human trafficking victims and their families and to hold offenders accountable.

            For more information about the events, please contact Mae Blas at (671) 477-4144 or via email at salome.blas@usdoj.gov.

Attached are photos taken at the Proclamation Signing in Guam and in the CNMI.

Guam photo of some of the Human Trafficking Task Force members,
courtesy of Cynthia Cabot from the Guam Coalition Against Sexual
Assault & Family Violence.

CNMI photo of Human Trafficking Intervention Coalition, courtesy of
Angel Demapan from the CNMI Governor’s Office.

Monday, January 20, 2014
Updated January 7, 2015