The TIP Report Heroes Global Network aims to both publicize and connect the TIP Report Heroes. The resource itself is an incredible tool for educators, and for spreading awareness. The website is found at Tipaward.com.
Use in the Classroom
One way in which this tool can be utilized is in the classroom. Educators are often looking for ways to teach current issues within the classroom. The stories of these Heroes working all around the world on anti-trafficking issues present a unique and interesting way to educate students on modern-day slavery. The nuances of the discussion are often missed in many presentations, but the scope of the Heroes provides for a full discussion of all slavery and slave like practices around the world. From the fishing village slavery of Lake Volta in Ghana (Patience Quaye or Chief Togbega), to issues of migrant workers (Wahyu Susilo), to the abuse of domestic servants (Nirmala Bonat), and to sex trafficking issues (Gary Haugen), the Heroes work on all issues and in all areas.
Educational curriculum is being developed for educators to use this more effectively, but for now just directing them to the website at www.tipaward.com is important. The site itself is incredibly user-friendly, and made so that people can browse based on interest. The stories of these modern abolitionists have as much to teach us as the stories of the Underground Railroad heroes, and this site provides a useful educational platform that teachers can use to facilitate that conversation.
Use in the Community
People, organizations, fraternities and sororities, and other groups are often interested in putting on an event or a community gathering for social awareness. While human trafficking has become a more common topic for such events, there is rarely material available for people outside of the United States. For example, many people ask where this is happening and what can be done. By providing them with concrete examples of people who are doing something in every corner of the world, the group helps to educate them in a productive and compelling way. Indonesia, for example, has large problems with their massive population of overseas workers, as does the Philippines. There are even examples within the United States.
Often, educational resources are bent towards an organization’s goal or agenda. Much of the educational material is centered on sex trafficking. This resource, however, covers a variety of people working on a variety of different types of modern-day slavery. Even in the U.S., Laura Germino of the CIW was given a TIP Report Hero award for their work on forced labor in the tomato fields of Florida. What this website provides is an unbiased cross-section of anti-slavery efforts in the world today, and some of the most prominent and important people working on these issues. Their stories, and the resources that have been collected, provide an incredible tool for community-based educational events.