October is Fair Trade Month!

Happy October! While Fall and Halloween are finally arriving, lets talk about something else that is special about the month of October- it’s Fair Trade Month! For those who don’t know, Fair Trade is a certification that companies seek to earn. Fair Trade strives  to “empower family farmers and workers around the world, while enriching the lives of those struggling in poverty.” Fair Trade works to get a good price for a farmers product, while still creating healthy and safe working conditions for workers who will get a decent wage for their efforts. Fair Trade is also eco-friendly and they strive to make products that help the environment.

Fair Trade has gone global. They are reaching new heights to the number of products they license. In 2015, the number of home goods products that were certified was 2.7 million. If you want to buy something that is Fair Trade Certified, visit a Whole Foods because they sell some of their products. Or visit a Starbucks for a nice cup of coffee while also contributing to Fair Trade worldwide. Places all over the world carry Fair Trade, and it’s not far away from you. Companies all over strive to earn the Fair Trade certification. Businesses work hard every day to live up to the expectations of being Fair Trade certified, and businesses who aren’t certified by it work to earn to earn the title.

Fair Trade producers strive to be the best they can be, and they have specific values that embody what they reach for as a company. Those values are- empowerment, integrity, sustainability, excellence, innovation, community, personal development, fairness, and impact. They believe that the best way to help the world globally is through empowerment of workers. They strive to do business with honest people and work with good morals. They are eco-friendly to the world. They try to achieve their mission by making the quality of life in the people excellent. They encourage others to work on themselves and that why they can achieve excellence. They work within the community for a better impact on everyone as a whole. They make opportunities for everyone’s benefit. They work towards improving the world. Overall, Fair Trade is a certification that works to benefit lives, create jobs, and produce products around the world. To read more about their mission, visit here: http://fairtradeusa.org/

Fighting for Freedom

Jenny

The “Bright Act” could have an effect on human trafficking cases

When I see a human trafficking case in court, sometimes I wonder what kind of laws there are to help the victim. Recently, I came across an article about a new law that is going to be voted on within the next couple of months.

The law is called the The Bettering Resources in Guarding Human Trafficking Act, in short, the Bright Act. This law is something special because it plans to create a minimum sentence for anyone convicted of a federal human trafficking law. The minimum sentence would be 5 years, and it also wouldn’t affect any maximum sentence so any person convicted could get any number of years in prison as long as they get 5 years minimum.

Another law that is effective specifically in the state of North Carolina is the NC Safe Harbor Law, which came into effect in 2013. This law has some very specific points  such as, pimping is a felony in NC, and engaging in sexual acts with a prostitute is a felony. This law also protects victims because it makes the consent of a minor not an excuse, and it also makes a mistaken age not an excuse too. This law is so amazing because it focuses more on punishing the offender, and treating the minors involved with prostitution as victims and not criminals. 

Both of these laws are on the right track to abolish human trafficking, or at least discourage these acts. With more laws like these, the amount of people who fall victim to human trafficking could become less and less, and the amount of human traffickers out there could end up behind bars.

You can read more about the new federal law here: http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20160913/walker-introduces-bill-to-increase-human-trafficking-penalties

You can also see more about the NC Safe Harbor Law here: http://www.wect.com/story/21860301/safe-harbor-bill-gets-tough-on-sex-traffickers-better-protects-victims

 

Fighting for Freedom

Jenny