#nomoretraffik

So this week, we launched the 2014 #nomoretraffik festival. It’s been an amazing start and I can’t wait to see what happens next.  We asked you (and the rest of the NMT crew) to share a childhood photo in order to raise awareness of #nomoretraffik and #bringbackourgirls. I was AMAZED at the response: over 700 shares. I gotContinue reading “#nomoretraffik”

When I was 2…

When I was 2, I wanted to be a singer. No one wants to be a slave. Today is the start of #nomoretraffik week. We are using the opportunity to ask the Nigerian Government to #BringBackOurGirls. What did you dream of being when you grew up?

NOMORETRAFFIK2014

Tomorrow sees the launch of No More Traffik’s 3rd Awareness Festival. Our aim is to make some noise about human trafficking so that NI is aware & able to act. Can you help spread the word this week, too?   This is the programme of organised events. It’s not too late to join – talkContinue reading “NOMORETRAFFIK2014”

40

40. The number of victims recovered from trafficking in NI since April 2013*. (We said 39 originally, but 1 rescued from cannabis cultivation last week.) The highest annual total so far – over 170% higher than last year – which is down to effective policing and heightened community awareness (NOT to an increase in the activityContinue reading “40”

Trafficking in NI: statistics, media, panic and hope.

NI is panicking. There has been an 173% increase in human trafficking here in the past year. Nothing is being done – how could there be, with such awful news? ♠ NI is celebrating. There has been a 173% increase in recoveries of victims of trafficking here in the past year. A lot is beingContinue reading “Trafficking in NI: statistics, media, panic and hope.”

No More Traffik – DIABLO

Tonight was the last of three performances of “Diablo”, a play on human trafficking written by Northern Irish playwright Patricia Downey and performed by local actors in Spanner in the Works Theatre Company. Downey was taken by surprise when she first heard of human trafficking: as she researched for a different project, she came acrossContinue reading “No More Traffik – DIABLO”

Knocking Holes in the Darkness

On April 4th, 1968, the Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. He was standing with Jesse Jackson, Ralph Abernathy and Martin Luther King Jr, who had invited his three friends to dinner that evening. The events that unfolded on that balcony are known to us all. LianeContinue reading “Knocking Holes in the Darkness”

No More Traffik 2012 – 2013…what a difference a year makes.

In the middle of the launch day of No More Traffik 2013, I’m taking a few minutes to reflect on what has happened since No More Traffik 2012. The past year has been a whirlwind of events, conversations, changes, victories, losses, waiting and running that in many ways feels like it only began yesterday. It’sContinue reading “No More Traffik 2012 – 2013…what a difference a year makes.”

The Boy and the Starfish and the Possible Impossible

Part of why I love getting to deliver trafficking awareness sessions to groups of people in various contexts and of various backgrounds is that it means that I get to meet many wise people along the way, and their conversation often feels like fresh water on a desert path (not that my life is aContinue reading “The Boy and the Starfish and the Possible Impossible”

NO MORE TRAFFIK 2013: come take a spin with me!

No More Traffik 2013…already!? In just over a week, No More Traffik will launch its second campaign after a crazy year of awareness & advocacy somewhat unexpectedly birthed out of a week of twists & turns last May that looked a little like this (phew…is your head spinning yet!?) and that was kicked off byContinue reading “NO MORE TRAFFIK 2013: come take a spin with me!”