Human Trafficking Prevention Program
Frequently, human trafficking has been called modern day slavery, despite the commonly held belief that slavery is a thing of the past. Unfortunately, there are an estimated 10-30 million slaves in the world today according to the International Labor Organization (ILO). The US Department of State estimates that each year 14,500-17,500 human beings are trafficked into the United States alone. While definitions of human trafficking vary, they typically reflect the idea that human trafficking involves the recruiting, harboring, receipt, or transportation of persons for some exploitative purposes. This multi-billion-dollar crime industry is third after only illegal drugs and arms trafficking according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (some reports have it second only to illegal drugs). The ILO predicts that $32 billion in profits is generated each year by the human trafficking industry.
It is important to realize and understand that human trafficking happens everywhere. The FBI ranks Minnesota as the nation’s 13th largest center for human trafficking. Together, we must make a statement and set an example to the state and the nation that we want to KEEP ST. CLOUD SAFE! On Thursday April 26, 2012 Hands Across the World hosted an educational event on human trafficking. Participants had an opportunity to hear from a panel of experts and a keynote speaker, as well as participate in conversations about what St. Cloud needs to do as a community regarding human trafficking. Since then, the Central Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force has formed and meets on a regular basis. If you have questions, or are interested in joining the task force, please call or email Brianda Cediel.
Recycle & River Preservation Project
Hands Across the World students learn about the importance of taking care of and preserving our nation's rivers.The students learn about keeping the water clean, conserving their water usage, and the importance of educating others about water preservation. They even volunteer stenciling storm drains in St. Cloud. As part of the science curriculum the students also learn about the water cycle, our wetlands, the Mississippi River, birds of the aquatic corridor, local aquatic invertebrates and plants, and about the St. Cloud water supply and water treatment. Every three months, we continue our learning and updating about recycling and taking better care of our environment in collaboration with the staff from the City of St. Cloud.