by Elizabeth Lee, Volunteer Coordinator
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) will hold its 28th Annual Session in Luxembourg on 4-8 July 2019. OSCE’s mission is to facilitate inter-parliamentary dialogue to advance its goals of comprehensive security. In 1990, the Paris Summit created OSCE. Recognized in the United Nations’s Charter, OSCE primarily focuses on early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management, and post-conflict rehabilitation.
Please read more about the OSCE PA at https://www.oscepa.org/.
The graphic below shows the OSCE PA membership.
How does OSCE and its Annual Session relate to human trafficking?
It is a profound fact that one of the resolutions OSCE PA members will consider at the Annual Session supports the goal of eradicating human trafficking. This resolution is entitled “Educating Schoolchildren to Avoid Human Trafficking.” Representative Christopher Smith; from New Jersey’s 47th Congressional District, is the principal sponsor of this resolution.
Rep. Smith is actively involved in fighting human trafficking. Re. Smith authored the 2016 International Megan’s Law which prevents child exploitation, and other sexual crimes advanced notification of traveling sex offenders, as well as the foundational U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its 2003 and 2005 reauthorizations. Because of his impressive track record in this topic, Rep. Smith co-chairs the United States Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus.
Does Just Ask play a role with the OSCE PA?
You bet it does! Our Executive Director, Bill Woolf, will be an active participant in the Annual Session. Bill will appear on a panel alongside representatives of two other anti-trafficking nonprofits, the A21 Campaign and the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) and Rep. Smith will host the panel. Bill will share Just Ask’s successes with panel attendees who are legislators from around the world, our lessons learned, and why human trafficking prevention education is important because the ultimate goal is that his presentation will lead to Just Ask’s ability to implement our curriculum in other countries.
Just Ask’s participation in the OSCE PA Annual Session and the partnerships we will build while we are there will open up new avenues and opportunities to reach our goal of defeating human trafficking.
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