On May 11, 2011, The Junior League was honored by The United Nations Association of New York (UNA) for our organization’s work in human trafficking. We were honored along with Ruchira Gupta, President of Apne Aap, Emmy winner for her documentary “The Selling of Innocents” and recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Commitment to Leadership in Civil Society.
United Nations Association of New York Honors The Junior League for Human Trafficking Initiatives “The 110-year legacy of The Junior League is rooted in service to the under-served, and few groups in our society are as under-served as victims of human trafficking, particularly in its most vile form-commercial sexual exploitation of children,” said AJLI President Delly Beekman. “Human trafficking is an increasingly important issue for many Junior Leagues, and we’re pleased to receive this honor, and all it means, from the United Nations Association of New York.”
“It’s through the work of volunteer organizations like The Junior League and Apne Aap that the world’s attention will be create awareness-globally, nationally and drawn to the global blight of human trafficking,” said Paula Jackson, President of the United Nations Association of New York. “The key to success, both now and in the long term, is the implementation of credible programs that locally-and keep pressure on authorities everywhere to deal with this issue.”
The Junior League’s key initiatives against human trafficking are taking place at the state level through the New York State Public Affairs Committee of The Junior League (NYSPAC), the Junior Leagues of New Jersey State Public Affairs Committee (NJSPAC) and the Michigan State Council of Junior Leagues (MSC) as well as more localized efforts by individual Leagues in Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, Owensboro, KY and Westchester County, NY.