Learn about a recent white paper below, published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which offers guidance to financial institutions and law enforcement agencies in identifying financial transactions linked to human trafficking.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, issued international guidance aimed at helping the wider industry to identify and report irregularities in financial transactions that might be linked to human trafficking activity. The document is the product of a unique collaboration with some of the world’s leading financial institutions, and is the key outcome of the financial working group initiated last year on 25 April by DA Vance and Ms. Villa…read the full post.
The Foundation’s second annual Trust Women Conference closed with strong commitments to action from leading women’s rights organizations and global leaders in law, finance, business and government.
Over 450 global leaders from 40 countries attended ‘Trust Women’ which featured a range of high-profile speakers including UK Home Secretary Theresa May, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino, New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance;Queen Noor, Cherie Blair, Christy Turlington Burns, and Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), who brought their knowledge, influence and experience to the debate.
Trust Women focused on the pervasive global exploitation of vulnerable individuals, men and women alike – from everyday street harassment to modern-day slavery. Many of the speakers recalled their own experiences of abuse and violence, inspiring shock, surprise, and action from the audience.
Speakers attending the conference were asked to present specific actions that directly addressed problems facing women around the world. In dedicated ‘action groups’ delegates were then encouraged to contribute by offering concrete help and solutions. (more…)
Over 100 high-level representatives from the global TrustLaw community gathered in New York on November 5 to celebrate the success of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s fast-growing network of lawyers, social enterprises and high-impact NGOs.
The occasion, the third annual TrustLaw Connect Awards, brought together professionals from Turkey, China, South Africa, Cambodia, Mexico, the Philippines and many other countries, who flew to New York to attend the ceremony hosted by Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO and TrustLaw Founder Monique Villa. The TrustLaw Awards honor teams of lawyers working with NGOs or social enterprises through TrustLaw Connect, the Foundation’s global pro bono service.
“We chose New York to recognize the fantastic impact of the law firms based in the U.S. which have been so active to help our social enterprises and NGOs through TrustLaw. The top law firms in the U.S. are members of TrustLaw Connect, and since its creation three years ago, the network has generated $35 million worth of free legal assistance to our beneficiaries,” said Monique. (more…)
Thomson Reuters Foundation’s third annual poll of gender experts gives a snapshot of the state women’s rights in Arab states three years after the Arab Spring and as Syria’s conflict threatens further regional upheaval. Sexual harassment, high rates of female genital cutting and a surge in violence and Islamist feeling after the Arab Spring uprisings have made Egypt the worst country in the Arab world to be a woman. Check out more coverage of our expert poll on women’s rights in the Arab world.
Almost half the world’s estimated 30 million slaves (defined as persons denied of freedom and exploited for profit or sex) are in India, according to a global index released last week. Make sure to read Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO, Monique Villa’s excellent editorial on the subject. You should also check out her appearance on Al Jazeera’s Inside Story.
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The work of the Thomson Reuters Foundation in the global fight against human trafficking was featured on AlJazeera’s flagship program Inside Story. The roundtable brought together Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa, Free the Slaves President Kevin Bales, and modern slavery expert Benjamin Skinner, to discuss the lucrative and growing business of modern-day slavery.
Make sure to read Monique’s excellent piece on human trafficking.
By Oliver Balch, The Guardian
Monique Villa never planned to join a charity. But then the Thomson Reuters Foundation is no ordinary charity. With 26 full-time journalists around the world and a globally recognised media brand attached to it, the foundation looks and feels very much like a professional news provider.
The clue to its social-orientated identity lies in its content. Click through to its online portal and you’ll find precious little of Thomson Reuters’ bread-and-butter stories. So it’s out with stock market updates and breaking political news. Instead, the foundation favours hard-hitting stories from some of the most overlooked corners of the world.
“We really pick the issues that are usually under-reported. If Reuters is going to cover a story, we won’t cover it. There’s no point duplicating,” said Villa, who took over as the foundation’s chief executive five years ago. (more…)
Imagine the unimaginable. Think for a moment of a world without pictures. Assume that cameras were no more, that humanity had lost the power to document reality with images. Our lives would certainly be poorer, society drastically different, and history, perhaps, set on a very different course. (more…)
As Egypt remains broiled in political upheaval, we spoke to Saif Eldin Hamdan, Senior Editor at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Aswat Masriya news service in Egypt, about running a successful news operation out of Cairo during one of the most turbulent moments in the country’s modern history. (more…)
Against the backdrop of the recently launched Foundation-led alliance to fight human trafficking, Monique called on a new set of “unlikely superheroes” including bankers, lawyers, and reporters to “suit up” and join the global fight against crime and injustice. “Save the world from your desk,” she said. “This is your chance.”
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