Among participants from 189 countries, representatives of Global Education Philanthropists (Global EP) attended the 68th Annual United Nations (UN) Civil Society Conference in late August. The conference was unique as it marked the first time the UN held it in the United States outside of New York City. “Building inclusive and sustainable communities” was the three-day conference theme, fitting with Global EP’s mission to combat human trafficking by helping human survivors reenter society and educating communities to prevent it in the future.
Global EP volunteers Wendi Frederickson and Allison Stingley at the 68th annual UN conference, holding signs stating major UN goals. Global EP’s educational and human trafficking aftercare programs will play a role in fulfilling these goals.
Discovering its International Potential
“One main idea that was expressed amongst all thematic sessions involving human trafficking was that education is key to prevention” said Global EP CEO Cammy Bowker, who previously worked as an elementary school teacher. As its name implies, education is at the center of Global EP’s strategy to fight the world’s fastest growing crime. In developing countries such as Haiti, the organization supports schools by holding teacher workshops, collecting supplies, and fundraising for teacher salaries. Global EP volunteers such as small business owners, hair stylists, and electricians also hold workshops to teach locals employable skills. With better employment prospects, people are less likely to turn to traffickers who make false promises of income.
Fulfilling UN Goals
The conference was an opportunity for Global EP, founded in St. George, to realize its potential to make a major international impact. Bowker said “we will be working on the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the global level, specifically Goal 8.7.” Goal 8.7 calls for an end to human trafficking, modern slavery, and forced labor. Most ambitious is its call to end child labor in all forms by 2025. Bowker said on Friday morning: “we are dedicated to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We will be focusing our collaboration with other agencies and nations as we come together to focus on Goal 8.7: Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labor in all its forms.”
Global EP will help fulfill UN goals as part of the “Be the Change” campaign.
Throughout the conference, UN leaders emphasized the 2030 Agenda, which aspires “to end poverty and hunger” and “to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality.” Global EP is already working to accomplish this through its aid to orphanages and schools, skills programs to give people a leg up in society, and human trafficking aftercare to help individuals escape the horrors of being trafficked.
Partnerships and Expansion
At the conference, Global EP made partnerships to expand its human trafficking aid to Costa Rica, Ghana, Pakistan, Kenya, India, and other parts of Asia. During this expansion, Bowker plans to work “with aftercare centers that have successful histories” in order “to bring educational resources to empower villagers through education.” Additionally, last week’s conference was only the beginning of Global EP’s work with the UN. At the end of the month, its representatives will present at the UN Peace University in Costa Rica and will begin offering aid and education at an aftercare facility located in the country.
Utah attorney General Sean Reyes speaks at the conference. After meeting with Reyes, Bowker said, “we share the same views on the fight against trafficking and its prevalence in Utah”.
Within Utah, Global EP used the conference to prepare to make a greater impact on human trafficking within the state. Global EP founder and CEO Cammy Bowker, a former schoolteacher, met with Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. Bowker said “we share the same views on the fight against trafficking and its prevalence in Utah.” The crime is particularly rampant in southern Utah due to its proximity to major cities, according to the Utah Attorney General’s office website.
A Call For Volunteers
The organization is looking for volunteers willing to help in the United States and abroad. Interested volunteers can sign up at GlobalEP.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 866-589-HOPE (4673). In the United States, volunteers can collect items for Rescue Packs, which are backpacks containing basic necessities for recently-rescued survivors. Small business owners can make their business a safe space for trafficking survivors. Abroad, volunteers can lead skill workshops for communities and work directly with local doctors, dentists, teachers, mental health professionals, electricians, self-defense experts, or small business owners. Volunteers can also help at schools and in the community. The organization has spots available for trips to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Belize.
About Global EP
Founded in St. George, Utah, by Cammy Bowker, Global Education Philanthropists (Global EP) and is a Federal 501(c)(3) organization. Global EP works to prevent trafficking and empower communities worldwide through education and aftercare. Domestically, Global EP aids extraction teams, provides aftercare for human trafficking survivors, and works to educate on the danger of human trafficking in America. Internationally, Global EP provides aid and educational resources to vulnerable villages in an effort to stop the orphan/trafficking cycle. International humanitarian aid expeditions are currently taking place in the Caribbean and Latin America.
The 501(c)(3) charity hosts international trips to destinations such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Belize, and Brazil and is quickly expanding its list of destinations. Volunteers including doctors, dentists, teachers, mental health professionals, electricians, self-defense experts, or small business owners empower villagers by teaching them employable skills while working on projects at village schools and orphanages. Domestically, the charity collects items for Rescue Packs, which aid human trafficking survivors. Items needed include mini toiletries, pajamas, flip flops, journals, pens, chapsticks, water bottles, and small treats. A 501(c)(3) charity, all donations are tax deductible.
Volunteers can find information about donations or international humanitarian trips on globalep.org. For more information or to apply, email email@example.com, visit globalep.org, or call (425) 343-5851. To book Cammy Bowker to speak or present to your office, church group or family email firstname.lastname@example.org.