PREVENT HATE Speakers Bureau for At-Risk Youth Going Strong

On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, PREVENT HATE brought one of our speakers to Canoga High School in Los Angeles, CA for a program to inspire youth away from hate and violence, and to open their minds to creative outlets for their frustrations.

Mr. Zuhdi Sardar, a brilliant artist from the Kurdistan region of Iraq, spoke for approximately 45 minutes to a large group of students about his experiences with institutionalized discrimination and intergroup violence under Saddam Hussein’s regime, as well as his determination to channel his anger into productive methods. Today, Zuhdi Sardar’s smile is irrepresible, as well as is the love for humanity that he exudes.

An ethnic minority in the Middle East, the Kurds have been subjected to systemic violations of their human rights by various political parties representing ethnic majorities in the region. Mr. Sardar’s story is one of hope and inspiration, explaining how the friendships he cultivated across ethnic lines saved his life at a time when nearly all his childhood friends were murdered by government forces. At the end of the program, he opened his portfolio and shared some of his art with the students. The swarm of youth that approached Mr. Sardar at the end of his speech was a strong testimony to his message and his ability to speak directly to the hearts of at-risk youth.

For more information on Zuhdi Sardar’s art, please visit zuhdisardar.com.

PREVENT HATE’s speakers bureau brings survivors of genocide and severe crimes against humanity to speak to students about overcoming their differences, rejecting violence, and making a productive contribution to society. Our speakers are role models who have been through the worst hellfire, and yet, celebrate life.  As is always the case, at the end of the program, we were asked to come back.

PREVENT HATE Exclusive: Human Trafficking is a Bias Crime

“Most people don’t know what human trafficking is, and when you tell them, they say, ‘so what'” — Los Angeles City Councilmember, Tony Cardenas.
 
PREVENT HATE has devised an equation using the economic theory of supply and demand to demonstrate that human trafficking is a bias crime.  

 

Human trafficking is a bias crime
As we all know, demand for a commodity drives its supply. That’s commerce. This equation shows that, for human trafficking to occur, the in-take society must have pre-existing biases, coupled with its needs for sex and labor (demand), resulting in the flow of human bodies (supply). The bias is not merely demonstrated by the people directly enslaving those who are trafficked, but by the society-at-large into which people are brought for illicit sex and labor without much public outcry or intervention. Essentially, trafficking/slavery would not occur if there were no pre-existing institutionalized bias against the victims on the part of the in-take society-at-large. This is true for all societies that have slaves for sex and labor.
 
Societies have needs, their concerns for the gender and ethnic groups of the victims are less than for those getting served by the victims, so that hence — cultural values, plus public demand for sex and labor, creates institutionalized bias resulting in trafficking and slavery.

 

Human trafficking is a bias crime. Prevent hate!
 
[Note: Human trafficking should not be confused with human smuggling.]