U-ACT is a grassroots volunteer organization that partners with existing local and international anti-trafficking NGOs to fight human trafficking. U-ACT is based in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Email: info@u-act.org
~ Facebook.com/IndyUACT ~ Twitter @IndyUACT

Visit the U-ACT website
for current meeting information and projects!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The "New Look" of U-ACT

We are so excited to be growing and expanding as an organization, and with that growth has come...our new website!

We will no longer be updating the blog with current projects or volunteer opportunities, so please visit www.u-act.org to stay up-to-date with all things U-ACT!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sarah Joy in Ghana

Want to keep up with Sarah Joy, the NFS: Indiana rep who's been so amazingly good to us at U-ACT for the past 2 years, while she's volunteering in Ghana for the next year? Check out her blog at http://sarahjoym.wordpress.com!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

New Legislative Opportunities to Fight Trafficking!

1. Petition to end forced labor in Vietnam:

All over Vietnam, some 40,000 men, women, and children are being held against their will and forced to work for up to four years in centers run by the Vietnamese Ministry of Labor. The victims are held without a hearing or a trial in a court of law after testing positive for illegal drugs. Some people, in desperate need of medical treatment for drug addiction, have even entered the centers voluntarily to find too late that medical treatment is not offered, but that they are not free to leave and now have to work shelling cashews or sewing garments for private companies. Before rewarding Vietnam with the benefits of joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership [Free Trade] Agreement, we call on the USTR to join with the United Nations to denounce the Vietnamese Government’s sponsorship of forced labor, and to demand that Vietnam permanently close the forced labor centers.
---> Sign a petition today to call for an end to state-sponsored forced labor in Vietnam: http://action.laborrights.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2769

2. TVPRA in the House!

Just last week, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) was introduced in the House of Representatives. This bi-partisan bill renews and strengthens the legislation that established U.S. programs to fight slavery at home and abroad. Many of you joined us in asking the Senate to pass the TVPRA. Now we have an opportunity to urge the House to do the same - and we need your help.
Current legislation governing U.S. anti-trafficking programs expires in a few short weeks. Let’s remind Congress that they have an opportunity to impact the lives of children, women and men living in slavery today.
---> Please take one minute NOW to urge your Representative to co-sponsor the TVPRA:

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Freedom Drive

Join us this Friday, July 29 for Freedom Drive, a film screening with a twist!

Where: Friedens UCC
When: 7-9pm
Cost: FREE!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

June/July Updates

Hello U-ACT! We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and enjoying the hot summer sun!

Below are important updates and this month's meeting agenda. Read on! :)

Many many thank yous to the following people/organizations for their hard work in organizing, hosting, volunteering with, or providing training for various human trafficking awareness events during the past few months:

-Abby, Kaylin, Emily, Brian, and Sharon for your early-morning commitment to spreading awareness at the Mini Marathon!
-Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic for a wonderful awareness forum this past Saturday!
-Sharon and Carol for educating the community at a recent Indiana Criminal Justice Association meeting!
-Julia for her continued work on the fair trade shopping guide, as well as her design expertise!

Upcoming Opportunities :
NOW --> check U-ACT's June blog update or facebook.com/IndyUACT to sign the online petition presented by IJM
July 29, 2011, 7-9pm --> Freedom Drive film screening at Friedens UCC (volunteers needed! please email if available!)
Sept 7, 2011 --> Sex+Money film screening, location TBA
Fall 2011 --> Love146 fundraiser
*We are looking for someone to step up and organize a fundraiser for Love146. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Kaylin Linnemann at k.linnemann7@gmail.com

July Agenda:
1.Guest speaker Jen Mukes from the non-profit byTavi will be presenting! Don't miss an opportunity to learn about this great local organization! Learn more at byTavi.com, shop online at www.etsy.com/shop/byTavi?amp&, or follow them on Twitter @byTavi
2.Updates from Julia about the fair trade shopping guide!
3.New legislative opportunities, including upcoming visits to Senator Lugar's office

Sarah and Laura
co-founders, U-ACT
Twitter @IndyUACT
Facebook "IndyUACT"

Vision of Hope

One of our very own U-ACTers, Kaylin Linnemann, is participating in the July 23, 2011 Race For Hope 5K Walk/8K Run to benefit Vision of Hope, a faith-based residential treatment program for girls age 14-28 struggling with unplanned pregnancy, alcohol or drug abuse, eating disorders, or self-harm. To support Kaylin and Vision of Hope, donate online. If you prefer to give via check or cash, mail in your donation to:

Vision of Hope
5652 Mercy Way
Lafayette, IN 47905

To specifically sponsor Kaylin for this run/walk, be sure to write “Race For Hope/Kaylin Linnemann" in the memo line, or on a note accompanying cash!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2011 TIP Report

The 2011 TIP Report was released this week. Check it out :)