April Upstream 2015
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Community Spotlight
 

     This month we are proud to shine the spotlight on a young community member who is raising awareness about the issue of human trafficking; his name is Kabir Samlal and he is 14 years-old. In 2013 Kabir became the International Yoga Asana Youth Champion. This allowed him to travel, attending yoga festivals and leading workshops in Europe and around the world. During this time, Kabir became aware of the issue of modern-day slavery and decided to raise awareness about human trafficking through yoga. Kabir currently lives in Houston and teaches Kids Yoga classes at Bikram Yoga Meyerland Plaza, owned by Ana Saldaña Thyagaraja.

     A portion of the proceeds generated by Kabir's classes are donated to United Against Human Trafficking. The Bikram Yoga Meyerland studio also sells postcards with drawings of some of Kabir's poses (see picture, above); a portion of these sales are also donated to United Against Human Trafficking.  

     Kabir believes that more young people should be involved in the fight to end modern-day slavery, because so many kids are affected by this crime, world-wide. We are so grateful to people like Kabir and Ana who are raising awareness about this issue, in order to bring it to a halt. To learn more about Kabir and his story, click here
Volunteer Orientation
 

     Would you like to become a UAHT volunteer? Our volunteers participate in raising awareness about Human Trafficking within many different facets of the Houston community through events like a Neighborhood Outreach.  If you are interested in being a part of this program, join us at our next volunteer orientation.

When: Thursday, April 23rd 6-8 pm  
 
Please RSVP to this event by contacting UAHT Community Outreach Coordinator, Jo Jo Bromfield (volunteer@uaht.org). Once your RSVP has been received, you will receive the location of the orientation.
A Baby Shower for Survivors of Trafficking


     The Trafficked Persons Assistance Program (TPAP), at the YMCA International, is throwing a baby shower for two survivors of human trafficking, who are expecting. They are asking for donations for these women, who are both having boys! All items being requested can be found here

Where: Items are to be dropped-off at the YMCA International, located at 6300 Westpark Dr. Suite 600, Houston Texas 77057
When: Items can be dropped off any time between now and Friday, April 10th
Contact:
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ada Wicks, at Ada.wicks@ymcahouston.org 
First Fair Trade University in Texas

  

     St. Mary's University, in San Antonio, recently became the first institution of higher education to receive Fair Trade University Status, in the state of Texas. St. Mary's, in collaboration with their contracted food service, has provided fair trade-certified beverages, meals and other items to campus dining halls, stores and campus catered events. 

"'What we buy, eat and drink impacts people and the environment around the world,' said University President Thomas Mengler, J.D. 'This is a vital step in living our Catholic and Marianist mission on campus.'"1

     To learn more about St. Mary's fair trade status, click here. To learn more about Fair Trade Colleges and Universities, click here.
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1St. Mary's University. N.p., 26 Mar. 2015. Web. 6 Apr. 2015. <https://www.stmarytx.edu/st-marys-designated-texas-first-fair-trade-university. 
"Was Your Seafood Caught by Slaves?"
 

    A yearlong investigation by the Associated Press resulted in the discovery of men who are being held, forced to work and fish, against their will on an Indonesian Island, called Benjina. This investigation also followed the product, that was caught by slaves, to see where it ended up. Read more and listen here.

(Photo by Dita Alangkara/AP)
Hotline Statistics
 

 

Are you interested in learning more about Human Trafficking in a specific state, such as Texas? The National Human Trafficking Resource Center website has hotline statistics for every state. Visit the NHTRC website here.  
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