As a sociologist, and a person who believes in the art of living: Those art I explore the need as a woman & all alivening beings to both retreat into a sense of hibernation, mystery, and dive into movement & awe in practical terms. Love has explored meditation, tantric practices, and sensory development through a global spectrum of traditions designed to uphold and propel the spirit into the center of human discourse.
Monday, November 5, 2018
Trinity: Finding Sustainable Solutions to Eradicate Human Trafficking
by Connie Huntsman, Esq.
President, Trinity Human Rights Group
The Trinity Human Rights Group is a nonprofit dedicated to partnering with organizations, such as Rise of the Butterfly, to identify viable solutions to eradicate human trafficking and halt the escalating impact of climate change has on slave labor. Trinity’s Founder and President, Connie Huntsman, was a global Program Manager at the United Nations Development Group to streamline service operations worldwide between the four key UN agencies: UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA and WFP. She became acutely aware how human trafficking affects the most defenseless. By holding over 50 public speaking engagements on the subject, she came to understand how climate change affects the most vulnerable by destroying crops, property and livelihoods, causing migration, and leaving people desperate for work and easy prey for human traffickers.
To give back to the local community, Connie founded Trinity to research sustainable solutions and offer pro bono legal services to survivors of human trafficking, such as an indentured servant—hidden away for 8 long years forced to perform abusive work. Ultimately, through the support of Trinity, she triumphed by securing a T Visa and by receiving financial restitution through a court settlement. She is now facing her traffickers in criminal court while awaiting her United States permanent residency and attending a university to become an ICU nurse.
Prior to her legal career, Connie acquired knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) as a former Senior Engineer with Northrop Grumman Corporation, where she drafted and negotiated contract modifications for which she received a corporate Letter of Commendation and a rare A+ rating by government auditors. She discovered that financial power places corporations in a unique position to identify and remove labor violations within their supply chains and labor pools, and to assist the local communities in which they reside.
Based on this experience, Connie realized there exists a tremendous opportunity for public and private entities to push for greater environmental protections and ecologically conscious laws in conjunction with increased protections for those victimized by human trafficking. With her skills and expertise, she formed Trinity to bring together corporations, nonprofits, analysts and other stakeholders to examine cutting edge sustainable technologies that assist to restore and benefit devastated countries and their people.
Trinity is dedicated to exploring ways in which technologies can generate new jobs and increase employment with respectable wages, thereby reducing poverty and the vulnerability that contributes to human trafficking. Trinity provides corporate consulting on combating slavery in supply chains and government contracts, and offers trainings in several languages. Trinity trained such entities as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Security Agency (NSA). Trinity plans to travel to Ghana to assist the fishing boys on Lake Volta and work with members of the Côte d’Ivoire government to study their efforts on enhancing women’s rights and combating human trafficking.
Trinity and Rise of the Butterfly together are dedicated to supporting each other’s vision. We are partnering to use Layla Love's captivating art to raise awareness and provide financial aid to those recovering from human trafficking. Part of the proceeds used in the purchase of Layla’s beautiful and meaningful art will benefit Trinity and those abused by traffickers who desperately need funds. It is a win-win for all. On the Rise of the Butterfly website please find a 10% discount load code if you would like a portion of the proceeds to benefit Trinity.
Trinity is grateful for this opportunity to start a conversation with like-minded individuals on the role everyone must play if human trafficking is going to be eradicated and offer sustainable solutions in each installment of Rise of the Butterfly’s Newsletter. Join the conversation at TrinityHumanRightsGroup.com.