Global Center on Human Trafficking at Montclair State University
The Global Center on Human Trafficking at Montclair State Univerity is a multi-disciplinary effort focused on developing innovative solutions to the global problem of human trafficking. Montclair State University, one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the United States, has a history of supporting social justice and human rights issues affecting communities across the world. What began as a university initiative spearheaded by a group of committed leaders, faculty and staff, has grown into a global centre working hand in hand with survivors around the world to transform the response to human trafficking.
The Global Center on Human Trafficking team is dedicated to mobilizing collective action to develop novel solutions to the complex problems of human trafficking so that all people may live free from human trafficking. The Global Center on Human Trafficking is focused on building survivor-inclusive research, policies and practices that reflect the lived experience of human trafficking survivors. The Global Center on Human Trafficking envisions a world in which all people live free from human trafficking.
Pilot Program Course Partner & Project Consultants
In 2013 Anti-Trafficking International founder, Detective Bill Woolf, had just recovered a seventeen-year-old victim of human trafficking. For three years, Emily was subjected to countless sexual assaults arranged by her trafficker, the man whom she believed to be her boyfriend. With an intact and loving family, Emily did not fit the typical picture many people associate with trafficking – a child abandoned, homeless, desperate. Yet her grades slipped, her behaviour changed, and eventually counsellors, school officials, and even the courts got involved. Despite it all, Emily did not get the help she needed and the abuse continued. When Bill asked where the system failed, she simply said, “No one ever asked.”
These words are what propelled Bill to form the precursor to Anti-Trafficking International (ATI). Aptly named the Just Ask Prevention Project, Bill brought law enforcement, schools, and other partners together to train professionals on identifying trafficking victims and develop our Just Ask Prevention Curriculum for students. Communities in the U.S. and abroad craved more. What began as an awareness campaign has grown into a flourishing 501(c)(3) global foundation now known as ATI. Today, we partner with students, parents, and professionals like you to empower everyone to abolish human trafficking right from where they are. A community trained in education, prevention, and intervention will no longer let children like Emily be coerced and trapped for years in a situation like hers. Instead, out children will be surrounded by support systems at every level to stop human trafficking before it starts.
Lead Program Partner
With our partners, Savana Signatures will act as an advisor in the development of program content, drawing on their extensive first-hand project experience and local knowledge. Based in Tamale, Northern Region, Savana Signatures will be the delivery partner for the implementation of the Hope Education Project program on the ground. They will be responsible for implementing the pilot project in Walewale, Mamprusi West District, North East Region of Ghana and subsequently for the roll-out of the broader project within Ghana.
Act for Change
Act for Change is a youth-led NGO registered in 2011 based in James Town, Accra, an historic centre of the colonial slave trade and both source and destination for human trafficking in Ghana. They use forum/interactive and popular theatre as well as other participatory methods to advocate social issues that affect communities. Act for Change has been working mainly in Accra but also in the Eastern, Western, Central, and Northern regions targeting mainly young people, women and children.
The vision of Act For Change is to implement sustainable programmes where young people are able to access information and opportunities to make informed decisions about their health and well-being. Its mission is to effect behaviour change and improve the quality of life using forum theatre and various tools to effect social change.
The objective of Act For Change is to empower young people through human rights training using informal education and training methodologies to develop their self-esteem and acquire vocational and life skills to help them make informed choices on issues that affect them and the community. They use interactive theatre to bring about behaviour change, thereby reducing anti-social and criminal behaviour, domestic violence and sexual abuse. Their programs also seek to promote the sexual and reproductive health rights of all marginalised and disadvantaged people within the community.
Act For Change will act as an advisor in the development of program content drawing on their extensive experience with victims and survivors of human trafficking. Act For Change will implement the theatre element of the Hope Education Project program for the pilot project and the subsequent roll-out within Ghana.
Mullen Lowe Accra, also known as Lintas Ghana Ltd, is a wholly Ghanaian-owned integrated communications agency established in 1927. They are a member of the Mullen Lowe Group and affiliate of the InterPublic Group.
Mullen Lowe Accra has been building brands and shifting consumer behaviours over decades. They are proud of their heritage having worked with most household brands and social causes within the public and private sectors of Ghana.
Mullen Lowe Accra will leverage their decades of experience and expertise in social behaviour change communications to deliver campaign materials, initially videos, for the Hope Education Project.
Mullen Lowe Accra has vast insights and local knowledge in creating award-winning and targeted health and social change campaigns. They are currently working in 17 Districts within the northern parts of Ghana as well as on national-level social change campaigns.
Legal Partner in Ghana
With over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm and has the capacity to deliver on your business requirements across all major industries and the African continent. We are able to leverage our resources to deliver legal solutions that suit your pricing preferences and timeframes.
Over many years, ENSafrica has developed a large knowledge base of resources and a deep understanding of local nuances and ways of doing business. We have practical experience working on the ground and direct access to high-end, professional contacts across the continent, assuring you of consistent quality and world-class service.
ENSafrica is recognised by top ranking agencies such as Chambers Global Guide, Legal 500 EMEA Guide, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide and International Tax Review’s World Tax Guide, as well as by the African Legal Awards, for achieving consistently high standards when working on the continent.
Monkey Business Images
UK Video Partner
Monkey Business is a leading producer of quality royalty-free imagery and footage. Based in the UK but with projects across the globe, our in-house team shoots all aspects of life. With a focus on the genuine and authentic, our portfolio of creative and engaging visuals provides media producers around the world with original and trend-driven content.
The Bawa Creative
The Bawa Creative was founded by Aashna Bawa, a branding and web designer based in Orlando, FL.