By Liezl Tomas Rebugio, Anti-Trafficking Project Director
March 31, 2008 was the official launch of NAPAWF’s anti-trafficking action agenda, Rights to Mobility & Survival: An Anti-Trafficking Activist’s Agenda. It was a great event that brought together 100 people to the Yesler Community Center in Seattle, WA! The audience members were mostly community and NAPAWF members, but there were also folks from academia, the labor movement, reproductive rights organizations, legislative staff, and allies from other progressive organizations. Founding Sister, Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, gave a powerful welcome followed by cultural performances by a super kick-ass Filipino women’s hip-hop group duo, 1st Quarter Storm.
We were also fortunate to have really incredible co-sponsors: Asian and Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center, Pinay sa Seattle, University of Washington Women’s Center, Honorable Velma Veloria, Hmong Association of Washington, Community to Community, Lao Highland Association, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, American Civil Liberties Union, Chaya, U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration, Organization of Chinese Americans-Greater Seattle Chapter, National Organization of Women – Seattle Chapter, Communities Against Rape and Abuse, Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing Women’s Leadership Committee and the National Federation of Filipino American Associations. Stay on the lookout for pictures!
Folks were really excited to attend the event and shared with us that they learned a lot. Our event was just the beginning of a series of anti-trafficking events in the Seattle area. On April 12th, NAPAWF will be co-sponsoring an anti-trafficking conference, Asian Pacific Islander Community Responds to Human Trafficking: Working Together to Create Change, where our kick-ass Anti-Trafficking Intern, Mary Nguyen, and powerhouse Seattle Chapter Member, Ann Novakowski, will be facilitating a workshop on the intersections between reproductive justice and human trafficking.