Daily Archives: June 22, 2014

2014 Trafficking In Persons Report on Trinidad and Tobago Revealed.

an eye opener…

End Human Trafficking in the Caribbean

Today, Friday 20th June, 2014 saw the official release of the 2014 Trafficking In Persons Report by U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry. This long-awaited annual publication serves as a means whereby the US Department of State ranks the efforts of many of the world’s governments to combat modern slavery.

According to the Department of State’s website, “[t]he Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U. S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U. S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. In the TIP Report, the Department of State places each country onto one of three tiers based on the extent of their governments’ efforts to comply with the “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” found in Section 108 of…

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ASL around the world: A Trinidadian, an Englishman, a Nigerian and a Guyanese walk into a park in Guyana…

More interesting stuff from people making a difference…

Language Blag

In 2012, I made the short trip to Guyana to meet with members of the Deaf community in the capital, Georgetown, to see some of the work being done by a group then called Deaf in Guyana, now called the Deaf Association of Guyana (DAG), and to do some initial linguistic research. Walking through Georgetown’s beautiful botanical gardens one afternoon, a group of us happened to meet a hearing Nigerian man who had gone to a deaf school as a child in Nigeria (his father was the principal, I think). We chatted together for a while as we waited for a rain shower to pass. We talked about the differences between our countries, about languages and religions. As we talked — a Nigerian, an Englishman, two Trinidadians and one Guyanese, some hearing, some Deaf — the language we used was American Sign Language.

fieldwork guyana

I thought of that trip as I read Julie Hochgesang’s…

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