- We want to help people that are being sold and trafficked for the use of forced sex and labor, all over the world. We started with empowering young girls and boys in the favela slums in Brazil. We believe in investing in young women and help them find their independence and sense of worth, however we can.
- We want to provide aid for those living in the poverty of the favelas in Brazil. Housing in the favelas is cramped and shelters are made from bricks, scraps, and garbage. Crime and disease is high and most favelas don't have a sewage systems. Children do not have access to proper education and many children are abandoned in these slums.
Our program is ran by our dedicated leaders Pedro and Nadia Barbazza. They have been working for over 20 years in the favela's on community development. P2F understands clearly the importance of investing in sustainable programs that create independence and growth for the families and children in the favela's rather than investing in activities that in long term perspectives do create a dependence on the structure and resources of a NGO.
The program consists of many different aspects: Education, arts, sports, helping residents in the favela's obtain identification papers, running recycling projects to help favela residents understand the importance of re-using materials. The recycling program also provides jobs for the residents.
Child rehabilitation is in the center of our work strategy and our primary focus is on the individual (Physical, Intellectual and Social Development).
Rehabilitation and development is a planned evolution of all aspects of community well-being that brings improved life quality to the members based on change. We realize that more, bigger, richer or faster is not always better. Real development always means transformation. It always means more justice. But how can a community become just when it's roots are not stemmed in justice? How can life quality, peace, dignity and equality grow in our communities when injustice, gender inequality, irresponsibility are the roots? Where citizenship for the poor means only duties but no rights and where justice can be bought?
Transformation can only happen based on values and principles that are just. It means that the community has to understand it's rights and it's duties based on education, health, gender equality, protection and human rights. Once the favela residents understand their rights and duties toward their own communities, growth and transformation will happen. Change includes initiatives, courage to change from an individual to a collective point of view. It always includes an increase of responsibility as a key value to build on. It always means a positive look towards the surrounding and transformation as an outcome of learning and growing through the diversity. It always means a pro-active community. Only when the community understands this responsibility, sustainable change and transformation is possible.
Vanessa Caldera (CEO)
Hanne H Fellers (Founder)
LaTianna Williams (treasurer/staff)
Kelly King (advisor/artist)
Katharine Smith (secretary)
Rohini Sen (artist/creative marketing)
Bianca Miraglia (photography/graphic design)
Sasha Stark (Photography/advisor)
To ensure that all our apparel is ethically produced, we will only work with production companies who will sign off on our production contract:
As a manufacturer and affiliate of factories that manufactures garments produced and sold to/for Passport 2 Freedom, I state that all practices in the production of these garments comply with the following:
- All local, national and international laws, treaties, conventions, rules, direc tives legislations and ordinances regulating labor and child labor.
- Employment and employment practices terms, wages and hours, including non-discrimination and equal employment opportunities, health and safety, environmental regulations, and laws that govern human trafficking and slavery prohibition.
- In accordance with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, our company agrees that it complies with all environmental standards, including but not limited to, Proposition 65. Prohibiting listed chemicals to be discharged into sources of drinking water. The list contains a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that are known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. We ensure these chemicals are not involved in manufac turing, or as by products in the production process. We understand that our strict compliance is a condition of doing business with Passport 2 Freedom. Failure to comply with any of the above standards will be in violation of the agreement, and will result in all business being terminated immediately. The manufacturer will immediately notify Passport 2 Freedom of any allegation made by any governmental authority or other entity regarding any claimed violation by the undersigned or any of it’s manufacturing facilities, and the resolution of any such allegation of: (i) any wage or labor regulation; (ii) the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; or (iii) local governing anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws; or (iiii) human trafficking laws.
Human Trafficking, what is it?
Human trafficking is commonly referred to as today’s “modern-day slavery.” Federal law defines “severe forms of trafficking in persons” as:
- Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or
- The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
How Big is the Problem?
Each year, over $32 billion is generated by human traffickers. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “After drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and is the fastest growing.” Each year, millions of souls are trafficked across international borders as
well as within their own country. The U.S State department estimates that there are over 20 million victims of human trafficking at any given time.
55% are Female
26% are Children
Is Human Trafficking in Every Country?
Human Trafficking is a global problem of epidemic proportions. Not one inhabited continent is untouched by it, including the United States!
How Big is the Problem in the United States?
According to information found on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 victims are trafficked in the U.S. annually. Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all fifty states of the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of U.S. minor citizens have been estimated to be at-risk of commercial sexual exploitation. Sex trafficking has been found in sex industry venues including residential brothels, hostess clubs, online escort services, brothels disguised as massage parlors, strip clubs, and street prostitution. Average age of entry into prostitution in the U.S. is 12 to 14 years of age. Other major forms of human trafficking include debt bondage, involuntary domestic servitude, and forced labor. Traffickers can be individuals, a small group of people, or a large network.
What is the United States Doing to Combat Human Trafficking?
Human Trafficking impacts many nations, including the United States. In the past, the U.S. Congress passed various legislation to help combat human trafficking in America. The government is training law enforcement on human trafficking and has launched numerous public awareness campaigns. Click Here to find out more about what action the government is taking to combat human trafficking.
Who Are the Victims?
Minors who take money for sex are usually taking part in prostitution but they are also victims of crime. The majority of minors who become involved in prostitution are runaway children from abusive or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Other vulnerable populations may include undocumented immigrants, runaways and homeless youth, survivors of trauma and abuse, refugees, and impoverished groups and individuals.
What are Signs of Human Trafficking?*
A fact sheet produced by the U.S. Department of Education Office states, a victim:
- Has unexplained absences from school for a period of time, and is therefore a truant
- Demonstrates an inability to attend school on a regular basis
- Chronically runs away from home
- Makes references to frequent travel to other cities
- Exhibits bruises or other physical trauma, withdrawn behavior, depression or fear
- Lacks control over his or her schedule or identification documents
- Is hungry-malnourished or inappropriately dressed (based on weather conditions or surroundings)
- Shows signs of drug addiction.
Signs indicating Sex-Related Trafficking Include:
- Demonstrates a sudden change in attire, behavior, or material possessions (e.g., has expensive items)
- Makes references to sexual situations that are beyond age-specific norms
- Has a “boyfriend” who is noticeably older (10+ years)
- Makes references to terminology of the commercial sex industry that are beyond age specific norms; engages in promiscuous behavior and may be labeled “fast” by peers
*It is important to note that this list is not comprehensive of all signs of human trafficking nor are all students who exhibit these signs most certainly trafficking victims. The list is meant to be a guide to help determine if further action is appropriate. Source: U.S. Department of Education. Human Trafficking of Children in the United States a Fact Sheet for Schools. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
Information retrieved from our friends at: www.gozoe.org
Our mission is to help people
We believe that EVERY human being is entitled to basic human rights, particularly their freedom.
We are aware that so many organizations take a huge percentage of what they raise for personal profit or administration.
We want to make sure that everything – 100% of proceeds from apparel sales - will go straight to the people. Today's generation needs to be encouraged to GIVE and get involved. That is why it is so important to us to be able to show where 100% of the money goes.
We rely on private donors, foundations, and sponsors to cover everything from apparel and accessories production costs to basic office systems costs. Our donors are some of the most dedicated. Their investment fuels our long-term mission, our ability to scale-up as an organization, and to continue our mission of using public sales of Apparel to go straight to the People in the Favelas.
Our operations expenses are raised through donations and fundraising events by Passport 2 Freedom and its supporting foundations and organizations.
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