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OFWs use “selfies” to celebrate World Day vs Trafficking

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) participated in the global observance of World Day Against Trafficking (June 30) by posting “selfies” bearing the hashtag #DiAko4Sale on Facebook as part of the joint social media campaign of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Pinoy Blog/OFW Awards (PEBA), two non-governmental organizations helping in the fight against modern-day slavery. The #DiAko4Sale social media campaign ... Read More »

IACAT, POEA enlists support of recruitment industry in fight against human trafficking

  Leaders and representatives of the land-based recruitment industry will convene an anti-trafficking workshop on Monday (May 11) to discuss and map out plans on how to help the government and other stakeholders in combating human trafficking, notably within the overseas employment sector. Organized by the country’s biggest associations of recruitment agencies led by Elsa Villa of the Philippine Association ... Read More »

CSOs and local recruitment hold dialogue on human trafficking

Leaders of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Recruitment Industry will hold today (Jan. 14) a dialogue on human trafficking aimed at forging a framework of cooperation on how they can join hands in the fight against human trafficking and human slavery. The one-day dialogue will bring in experts in the government to help the participants assess the impact ... Read More »

Over 30 million people enslaved worldwide today

Based on a report by the International Labor Organization (ILO), there are 29.8 million or more people working as modern-day slaves today. Statistics revealed that three out of every 1,000 persons worldwide are in forced labor at any given time. Despite the awareness on the issue, it is still rampant because of one reason – it is lucrative. Modern-day slavery is a $150-billion-per-year ... Read More »

Pope Francis condemns human trafficking

In his first mass of 2015 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican, Pope Francis called on all nations to fight modern-day slavery. “All of us are called [by God] to be free, all are called to be sons and daughters, and each, according to his or her own responsibilities, is called to combat modern forms of enslavement,” he said in ... Read More »

Ople Center, IBP and Rotaract Club of Malolos, Bulacan to give free legal aid to trafficking victims

    ONE AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING – On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute headed by Ms. Susan “Toots” Ople (seated from left), in partnership with Atty. Purificacion Bartolome-Bernade and Ms. Julianne Marie Mapalad, presidents of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Gat Marcelo H. del Pilar (Bulacan Chapter) and the Rotaract Club ... Read More »

CSOs to launch anti-trafficking summits with help from Dutch Embassy, IACAT

Three civil society organizations (CSOs) will launch three regional and sectoral summits against human trafficking in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for the last quarter of this year. These three CSOs are the Blas F. Ople Policy Center (BFOC), International Justice Mission (IJM) and the Visayan Forum Foundation, ... Read More »

Ople Center seeks anti-trafficking and pro-labor provisions in the AEDC

Blas Ople Policy Center and Training Institute

April 15, 2014 A non-government organization specializing in labor issues today sought for the immediate inclusion of provisions against human trafficking and labor exploitation in the proposed Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation (AEDC) between the Philippines and the United States. The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, known for its labor and anti-trafficking advocacies, issued the appeal to the Philippine and ... Read More »

The State Department 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Benjamin Franklin Room Washington, DC June 19, 2013 Thank you very much, and welcome, all of you, to this remarkable room, a room named after a Founding Father who was a lonely voice against slavery long before there was a United States of America. And it is called the Franklin Room, and you can ... Read More »