This past Saturday, August 1, 2015, volunteer high school students from Douglaston came to the YWCA of Queens to help with phonebanking in the Queens area. They called hundreds of numbers to ask community members what their greatest concerns are. We greatly appreciated their help!
Yesterday on Thurs, July 30th, YWCA of Queens Board Member Chong Won Kim attended an event supporting comfort women at Queensborough Community College. The theme of the event was “We Will Not Be Silenced” in honor of the Korean comfort women who were used as sexual slaves by the Japanese military and have yet to receive an apology from the Japanese government. Board Member Kim also served as the moderator for last month’s comfort women event which was held here at the YWCA of Queens. We’re proud that she continues to take a stand for comfort women.
Yesterday on July 23rd, 2015, we held an event titled “Sex & Labor Trafficking in NYC: Modern Slavery Hidden in Plain Sight” to raise awareness of the fact that Queens is a hub for human trafficking. The event included a panel discussion with leaders Jimmy Lee, Executive Director of Restore NYC, Mary Caparas, Project Free Manager at the NY Asian Women’s Center, and Rita Abadi, Clinician and Operations Manager at the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program.
The panel highlighted how human trafficking is not the typical “kidnapped and chained” scenario that we’ve come to associate with “slavery.” Many survivors of trafficking are either coerced and/or tricked with empty promises; this includes women and men who are prostituted as well as those who are forced into labor. While many victims feel that they have no options, there are a number of community-based organizations in NYC that have been founded specifically to solve this problem.
After the panel, facilitators from the NY Asian Women’s Center conducted workshops in English, Chinese, and Korean. The purpose of this portion was to reach immigrants in the community with limited English proficiency.