Despite past and continuing efforts, human trafficking remains a tragic reality with wide-ranging social, economic and legal implications that affect all segments of societies around the world. While the primary responsibility for eliminating human trafficking lies with governments, an effective response requires participation of everyone.
“This is why EDOF has decided to partner with one of the most important anti-slavery entities working in the world today: The CNN Freedom Project”
EDOF is joining the CNN Freedom Project in order to provide another voice to amplify the global issue of modern day slavery, raise awareness of what credible organizations are doing to end human trafficking, and publicly support the Freedom Project by increasing global awareness among the business community. EDOF has implemented a wide social media advocacy campaign in an effort to add its voice the CNN Freedom Project’s message of hope and justice.
To date, the CNN Freedom Project has:
- Reported over four hundred unique stories on human trafficking across more than sixty countries
- Provided documented evidence leading to the rescue of 1000+ people
- Sparked tens of millions of dollars in donations to anti-trafficking organizations
- Changed laws and multi-national corporate policies in the food and hospitality industries
- Inspired the formation of numerous non-profits and campaigns around the world
- Won dozens of journalism and human rights awards, including a finalist nomination for the Sakharov Prize, European Parliament’s most prestigious human rights honor
The International Red Cross is the largest humanitarian network in the world. Its mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies. It is present in every country and supported by millions of volunteers. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with which EDOF is partnering, is one branch of the International Red Cross.
“The Red Cross works hard to assist people separated from loved ones both in emergencies, ensurgin they are treated with dignity, respect and compassion”
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In honor of its excellence and to promote its further expansion, EDOF has provided funding to the ICRC to support the research, policy, and regional networking activities of the Office of the ICRC President.
EDOF will expand upon this partnership with the ICRC by contributing funds to its War Trauma Hospital in Tripoli (Lebanon). EDOF’s efforts will help the ICRC continue to serve those who are suffering and be ready for an expansion of services should they be needed.
EDOF will be contributing to the efforts of two important projects led by the ICRC:
- Provide medical care to the victims of the Syrian war and establish a center of knowledge and expertise in the field of traumatology in Lebanon
- Help families who were separated during wars and natural disasters locate their loved ones and get back together (Restoring Family Links)
Although their cultures and backgrounds differ greatly, the U.S. and Arab countries have a long history of cooperation. Whether it be diplomats, business people, travelers, scholars, scientists or lay people, U.S. and Arab citizens have been collaborating professionally and personally for many, many years. However, despite their respective interests being deeply intertwined, to this day those who reach out in an attempt to bridge divides, foster mutual respect and encourage the exchange of knowledge are sometimes met with resistance that stems from a lack of understanding.
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Founded in 1983, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) is an organization that attempts to correct this situation by promoting learning about and enhancement of positive U.S.-Arab relations.
“EDOF has decided to get involved in NCUSAR’s mission by funding initiatives that play an integral part in their ongoing efforts to bring both parts of the world closer together.” - Dr. Nawaf Obaid, CEO
EDOF is supporting NCUSAR's educational goals because educated individuals, especially those who have gone through one of the NCUSAR internship programs, are the best guarantors of an insightful and productive cooperation between the cultures. EDOF’s advocacy efforts are based on the belief that, at a time of rising tensions, it is more than ever paramount that moderate, inclusive and enlightened individuals be given a forum of expression and the opportunity to share their knowledge.
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