Monday, December 3, 2012

Human Trafficking Training in Poltava

As part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence I was invited to Poltava to help out at a training on human trafficking with 11th graders at a local school. For some reason whenever I travel to Poltava the weather is always horrible and weather.com always gives me an unreliable forecast so I am always under-dressed. Today was no different with the down-pouring rain and almost below freezing temperatures. Still I was glad to only be attending the training this time and not sightseeing.

This is the school where the training took place.
An informational poster in Ukrainian about the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. 
For some reason every time I am in Poltava I get interviewed by some kind of news making organization. This time it was TV crew and I had to speak in Russian on camera about human trafficking and my research.
Teaching about human trafficking, the statistics and realities in Ukraine and how to avoid becoming a victim. 
An activity which demonstrated what a victim of trafficking feels like...trapped and helpless to get out.
Another activity simulating the trial of human trafficker with a judge, prosecutor, witnesses and a defendant. 
The jury voting if the defendant is guilty and what sentence he should get.

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