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USAID launches campus challenge to counter human trafficking

Pepperdine University and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined forces last week to launch the Campus Challenge to Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) - a competition that seeks new and innovative ways to end modern slavery.

 

 

The CTIP Campus Challenge aims increase global awareness about trafficking, inspire activism among students and scholars at colleges and universities worldwide, and generate new, creative ideas and solutions to stop human trafficking and victims around the world that are enslaved in sex, labor, or other forms of exploitation.

 

From October 11th to November students have the opportunity to participate in discussion groups on various trafficking subtopics, host online conversations, and crowd source issues that will frame the problems to be addressed in the next phase, all at challengeslavery.org.

 

Between November 28th to January 8th, the site will be accepting applications from students across the world proposing innovative technological solutions to advance human trafficking prevention and protection. And finally, from January 9th to 30th, the ChallengeSlavery.org community will be invited to rate the proposals and provide suggestions on how submissions can be improved.

 

On February 1st, USAID will announce the semi-finalists and in the following three weeks, semi-finalist proposals will be judged by an expert CTIP and technologist panel. The winners will be made public at the end of February and will be invited to share their proposals with donors, CTIP and technology professionals.

 

Included in the implementation of the USAID's 2012 C-TIP Policy , and building on President Obama's speech at the Clinton Global Initiative, USAID policy and programs place a heightened emphasis on innovation, technology, and empirical research to help prevent trafficking and provide assistance to victims.

 

USAID is partnering with Not for Sale, Slavery Footprint, Free the Slaves and MTV Exit on this project to maximize our efforts and inspire millions of people already working on this issue and invite new activists to the cause, ultimately, strengthening the movement to return freedom to the millions of people robbed of their dignity every day.

 

Click here to watch the launch event.

 

For complete details visit: http://challengeslavery.org/