OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Every high school campus in the state is tobacco-free and gun-free.
Olympia High School has been recognized for also being a “slave-free” campus.
Following her speech at the Vatican – about harnessing the business world to establish a certifiable global standard against using bonded labour – Hong was asked to be part of the Global Sustainability Network. An influential group of businesses, media, governments and religious leaders, the network includes, for example, the Virgin Group, UK anti-slavery commissioner, Kevin Hyland and one of the pontiff’s most senior advisers, Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.
“My goal is to create massive awareness and generate consumer demand, and this is a powerful, international team of people working in the supply chain. The seal is just one of the projects and the people in the room can make it work. I want concrete steps and this group is committed to action and they are following through, which is very encouraging to me as a former victim.”
Rani Hong, a survivor of child trafficking who later founded an NGO, the Tronie Foundation, to fight for fellow victims; she urged the papacy to harness the business world in the anti-slavery battle. She wants to establish a global standard or "freedom seal" by which firms and other organisations can certify that no slave or bonded labour has been involved in their supply chain.
Our CEO Rani Hong delivered the keynote speech, stating "That’s why the Freedom Seal is process. By pledging your intent today, we become partners in that process. We educate. Guide. Provide resources and assistance. And work together toward our shared goal. This is the mark of a movement. A commitment to a world of change. It’s testament to the power of focused and dedicated action that gets bigger, and gains momentum, with each individual and each business."
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Rani Hong was sold into slavery at age 7. Today she is CEO and founder of the Tronie Foundation and launched the "Freedom Seal." CNN's Maggie Lake has more.
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The Tronie Foundation held a full day workshop at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, USA. Google employees who were interested in preventing human trafficking volunteered their time to help integrate technological solutions to assist the Tronie Foundation. Throughout the day we brainstormed and executed a social media strategy to promote awareness and assist in connecting survivors of human trafficking through a Google+ page, hangouts, and various Google for Non-Profit solutions.
More about the Summit can be found here
His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the United Nations Headquarters on the morning of 25 September 2015.
The Secretary-General welcomes the visit of Pope Francis as an important part of a historic year in which the United Nations marks its 70th anniversary and in which Member States will take major decisions about sustainable development, climate change and the future peace and well-being of humankind.
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Rani Hong is a survivor of child trafficking and a leading voice helping survivors of slavery worldwide. She was in New York City last weekend when the 193 members of the United Nations adopted a resolution to take immediate measures to reduce human trafficking and by 2025 end trafficking in all forms.