Advocating on behalf of women is part of the mission of Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North. See below for the many causes we have supported.

Always exercise your right to VOTE!

This message brought to you by the women who fought for that right.

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What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking occurs when one person obtains or holds another person in a form of compelled service, including sex trafficking or forced labor of some form.

  • Forced Labor
    • The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
    • Bonded Labor is a form of coercion that uses a bond or debt. Traffickers of recruiters unlawfully exploit an initial debt the worker assumed as part of the terms of employment.
    • Involuntary Domestic Servitude - nonconsensual exploitation or forced labor of an individual in domestic service environment.
  • Sex Trafficking
    • When an individual is recruited, harbored, or transported and induced by force, fraud, or coercion to perform a commercial sex act, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.

  • An estimated 12.3 million adults and children worldwide are working in forced labor, bonded labor, or forced prostitution
  • Human trafficking is a $9 BILLION industry, second only to drug smuugling
  • Human trafficking is the world's fastest growing criminal enterprise
  • According to UNICEF, as many as 2 million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade
  • Women and minors prostituted in sex trafficking are often arrested for a crime that victimizes them
  • An estimated 600,000 to 800,000 individuals are trafficked through international borders each year
  • Victims identified in 2009: 49,105
  • Trafficking Victims prevalence World Wide: 1.8 per 1,000 persons


    Click Here for a printable document of what you can do to fight human trafficking.


    Click Here for a printable document of Human Trafficking Resources.

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    A Young Victim from Guatemala Tells Her Story and Warns Others of the Danger of Human Trafficking. Lucia's story of her trip to Florida from Guatemala and her mistreatment by her traffickers on her journey and arrival is told as a warning to other young women and their mothers. Rathern than sending their daughters away in the hope of finding a better life, Lucia suggests that they be educated and improve life in Guatemala.

    To hear Lucia's Letter click the links below and for more information visit www.humantraffickingawareness.org

    Lucia's Letter part 1 (4:30 min.)   Lucia's Letter part 2 (5:03 min.)

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  • The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. For additional information on Zonta's 2011 theme click here. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women, and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a human rights violation. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates, including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. For more information on the significance of these 16 days click here. The 16 Days of Activism focuses on:
    • raising awareness at the local, national, regional and international levels about gender-based violence
    • strengthening local work
    • linking local and global work
    • providing a forum for dialogue and strategy-sharing
    • pressuring governments to implement commitments made in national and international legal instruments
    • demonstrating the solidarity of activists around the world

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