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Trust Conference Actions

Trust Conference delegates take action and forge tangible commitments to empower women worldwide and to fight modern-day slavery. At each conference, inspiring and entrepreneurial thought leaders propose innovative solutions to address the conference themes. We call them Actions.

2016 Actions

Fighting Online Sex Trafficking

Partnering with law firm Boeis Schiller & Flexner LLP to end online violence against women and children.

Jobs to Restore the Lives of Slavery Survivors and Prevent Re-trafficking

Creating a business process outsourcing firm specifically established as a workplace to restore the lives of slavery survivors.

The Hotel Industry Network To Stop Slavery

Establishing an industry-wide blueprint by bringing together leading hoteliers to create a ‘stop slavery standard’ across the sector.

Fisher’s Fund For Survivors Of Slavery In The Thai Seafood Sector

Setting up a Fisher’s Fund for survivors of slavery in the sector with collective involvement and funding from Thai Union and other businesses.

Prevention And Rehabilitation Of Radicalised Children In Pakistan

Expanding an existing programme to reintegrate young Pakistani boys and teenagers who have been radicalized back into society.

Closing The Credit Gap For Female Entrepreneurs

Researching the legal restrictions around women entrepreneurs’ access to capital and collateral in 14 developing countries.

Information And Training Initiative For African Female Entrepreneurs

Empowering African female entrepreneurs to increase job creation and change the public perception of African women living in Africa.

2015 Actions

Stop Slavery Awards

The Stop Slavery Awards will recognize the companies that are leading the fight against slavery in their supply chains.

Not My Style

Launching and crowdfunding for Not My Style, an app that will create a consumer movement to push fashion brands to be more transparent about their supply chain.

Global information and intelligence platform to combat slavery

Creating a central, global platform to assist in the fight against slavery and human trafficking in supply chains to benefit NGOs, civil society, corporations and financial institutions.

Career Academy for Survivors of Trafficking

Introducing an intensive “Career Academy” giving survivors of human trafficking comprehensive training, support, mentoring and professional development opportunities.

Empowering Women Through Mobile Reading

Worldreader is taking action with a commitment to reach 5 million women with life-changing digital books on their mobile phones by the end of 2018.

The Gender Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative

Providing direct financial assistance to survivors of extreme forms of gender-based violence and improving the coordinated response to the gender based violence global epidemic.

TrustLaw Litigation for Trafficking

A hub bringing together lawyers and NGOs in the fight for justice by enabling advocates to share best practices in anti-trafficking litigation.

Support for Yazidi Women and Girls victimized by ISIS

Providing therapeutic support, medical services and income opportunities to Yazidi women and girls victimised by ISIS.

Online counter extremism initiative for women

Using social media to have a constructive dialogue with women expressing extremist sentiments.

2014 Actions

U.S. financial working group to fight human trafficking with data

Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. created a financial working group dedicated to dismantling human trafficking networks with data. The group agreed to incorporate software alerts detecting human trafficking activity in clients’ data, and to share the findings with law enforcement agencies. The group also issued international guidance for the wider financial industry.

“Magna Carta” legislation to protect two million Filipino domestic workers

The Thomson Reuters Foundation worked with White & Case and Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia law firms to produce cross-border legal research on the protection of domestic workers. Visayan Forum, a leading Filipino NGO, used the research to negotiate for landmark legislation to improve the working standards of the over two million domestic workers in the country. The Magna Carta for domestic workers was successfully introduced in February 2013.

$50 million commitment to fight slavery

At Trust Women, Humanity United’s CEO Randy Newcomb announced an additional $50 million commitment to help fight slavery worldwide. "One of the greatest challenges of this era is the abolition of slavery globally in all of its forms," Newcomb told the conference delegates. Humanity United is Pierre and Pam Omidyar’s philanthropic initiative dedicated to building peace and advancing freedom.

Legal strategies to combat slavery in India

With support from the Freedom Fund, the Thomson Reuters Foundation produced and launched a comprehensive legal report to drive action against human trafficking and slavery in India. The study provides practical and innovative strategies to strengthen the level of prosecutions across the country, and to ensure victims receive the right legal support. The Freedom Fund is implementing and scaling some of the strategies set out in the report.

Groundbreaking research on sextortion, a new form of corruption

The Thomson Reuters Foundation and the International Association of Women Judges produced and released an innovative report on “sextortion,” a form of corruption in which sex, rather than money, is the currency of the bribe. The study is a powerful tool to raise public awareness of sextortion, and to effectively support legislators, advocates and citizens in the fight to end this shameful practice worldwide.

Pro bono legal network for strategic litigation

Martina Vandenberg, Founder and President of the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, committed to expand the network of existing pro bono lawyers to pursue individual lawsuits on behalf of victims of trafficking and forced labour in the United States. The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center trains attorneys to represent - pro bono - trafficking victims to help survivors rebuild their lives.

Improvement of worker rights in tea gardens in Assam

Nazdeek, a human rights NGO, announced an advocacy campaign to raise the daily wage and improve the working conditions of the labourers working in the tea gardens of Assam, India. As a result of the initiative, Assam’s Chief Minister called for the tea workers to be paid the minimum wage of 169 Rs/day. That has not yet happened, but the workers’ salary has been increased from 94Rs to 115Rs/day. Nazdeek’s campaign continues.

A new tool to increase sexual violence prosecutions

AEquitas has partnered with Westlaw to build a digital tool aggregating international law, data and research related to sexual violence prosecution. AEquitas is a US-based organization offering prosecutors technical assistance in cases of violence against women; Thomson Reuters’ Westlaw is the world’s leading legal research service. While still in development, the new tool will serve as a public resource around the world.

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