I am a Man and I Care about Ending Human Trafficking.

My journey:

Friends and family ask me why I do this line of work – anti-trafficking work. My response has changed over time from, “Because I care about women,” to “It could be my own daughter,” to “I refuse to live in a world where exploitation exists and do nothing about it.” It is clear that my journey and understanding of human trafficking has shifted from being centered on men and women’s importance in relation to men (which is already problematic), to seeing human trafficking as an issue that impacts everyone, including boys and men. 

Over 40 Percent of Syrian Refugee Children in Turkey Missing Out on Education, Despite Massive Increase in Enrollment Rates – UNICEF

NEW YORK (January 19, 2017) – Nearly half a million Syrian refugee children are currently enrolled in schools across Turkey. But despite a more than 50 percent increase in enrollment since last June, over 40 percent of children of school-going age – or 380,000 child refugees – are still missing out on an education, UNICEF said today.

Sandra Lee Appointed U.S. Fund for UNICEF Special Nutrition Emissary

NEW YORK (January 18, 2017) – The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced the appointment of Sandra Lee, as U.S. Fund for UNICEF Special Nutrition Emissary. The celebrated television personality, author, chef and long-time supporter of UNICEF will use her multi-media platforms to draw attention to the effects of malnutrition, which is linked to nearly half of all childhood deaths globally.  Lee recently travelled to Haiti, to witness UNICEF’s programs to treat children with severe acute malnutrition. Through U.S.

Statement by UNICEF Director for Emergency Programs Manuel Fontaine on the Tragic Loss of Life in the Rann Camp for Displaced People, Northeast Nigeria

NEW YORK (January 17, 2017) – “UNICEF is deeply concerned by the loss of life in Tuesday’s tragic incident in Rann, Borno State. Our thoughts are with all those who were injured.

These deaths, in a remote area of northeastern Nigeria, where protracted conflict has caused extreme suffering and triggered a severe malnutrition crisis, underline the importance of protecting civilians in complex humanitarian emergencies. 

Barron Segar Supports UNICEF’s Mission in New Capacity

NEW YORK (January 17, 2017) – Over the past year, the world has seen the greatest uprooting of children from their homes since World War II, along with natural disasters and ongoing conflict.  Putting children first matters now more than ever. To help the U.S. Fund for UNICEF save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children, Barron Segar has taken on additional responsibilities as Chief Development Officer & Executive Vice President. 

Joint Statement on Syria

NEW YORK (January 16, 2017) – While efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Syria continue, we again appeal for immediate, unconditional, and safe access to reach the children and families who are still cut off from humanitarian aid across the country.

Number of Unaccompanied or Separated Children Arriving by Sea to Italy Doubles in 2016 – UNICEF

NEW YORK (January 13, 2017) – Some 25,800 unaccompanied or separated children arrived to Italy by sea in 2016 – that’s more than double the 12,360 who arrived during the previous year. These children account for a staggering 91 percent of all the 28,200 children who reached Italy’s shores in 2016 as refugees or migrants.

What Fuels Human Trafficking?

At its most basic form, human trafficking is the buying and selling of people. It exists across continents and is facilitated through a variety of venues, but ultimately - human trafficking is an industry, and it profits from the exploitation of people.

Human trafficking has been likened to modern-day slavery, and in many respects, the similarities are obvious.

Statement Attributable to Meritxell Relaño, UNICEF Representative in Yemen on Attacks Near a School

NEW YORK (January 11, 2017) – “One child was confirmed killed and four others were injured when two attacks hit near the al-Falah school in the Nihm district outside the capital, Sana’a.

“Attacks on civilian areas continue to kill and injure scores of children in Yemen. Instead of learning, children are witnessing death, war, and destruction.