VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University’s Department of Athletics is set to host a “Shut Out Trafficking” (SOT) week of advocacy, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s End Trafficking Program. This week of advocacy—March 14-17 on the campus of Villanova University—will bring together the campus community and highlight the human rights issue of human trafficking.
Villanova Athletics will partner with the following University centers, in a cross-curricular coalition to bring awareness and educational programming to students, faculty and staff:
The goal of SOT week is to utilize the platform of college athletics at an institution of higher education as a vehicle to create social change. The week of events will feature prominent sports figures along with academic, social justice and law enforcement speakers and presenters, all of whom will speak to the plight of the millions of humans around the world who are currently being trafficked.
As defined by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF: “Human Trafficking has been likened to modern-day slavery that subjects children, women, and men to force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. This horrific practice can include prostitution, pornography, and sex tourism as well as labor for domestic service, factory of construction work, and migrant framing.”
It is estimated that there are 5.5 million child victims of trafficking and forced labor around the world, with instances of human trafficking reported in all 50 states in the U.S. According to UNICEFUSA.org, “anyone can be trafficked, regardless of class, education, gender or age when forcefully coerced or lured by false promises.”
Villanova Athletics is one of eight member schools of the NCAS who have hosted or will be hosting SOT Weeks on their campuses during the 2015-16 academic year. Villanova Athletics has been a member institution of the NCAS since 2000.
All SOT Week events are open to the entire Villanova campus community. The following is a list of the SOT Week events:
Monday, March 14
Tuesday, March 15
“Not My Life” Documentary Screening and Q&A
Wednesday, March 16
Panel: “Sex Trafficking in South Eastern PA: the Criminal Justice Response “
Thursday, March 17
March Madness End Trafficking Event
For more on the SOT Week initiative and the issue of human trafficking, visit The National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and The End Trafficking Program, U.S. Fund for UNICEF.