Rotary Human Trafficking Briefing - July 17, 2023 

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State of the State 2023 – Human Trafficking - presented by Brody Burks, Assistant Texas Attorney General, Austin TX
TX Attorney General (TXAG) does not have “original jurisdiction”. Must follow or be brought in by another entity. Few county entities have specialized expertise in Human Trafficking (HT).

The TXAG Human Trafficking group has significant resources that smaller cities/counties do not possess. e.g. investigative unit, specialized attorneys, federal counterparts, large HT law library, chairs the TX HT Coordinating Council

TXAG office works mainly on the law enforcement prosecution and demand reduction side of the HT spectrum.

Traffickers obtain victims by making false promises of safety, income, and/or love. They maintain control over victims through emotional and physical abuse and manipulation.
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Combat Human Trafficking Rotary Club Presentation

The purpose of this presentation is to provide basic information about labor trafficking and sex trafficking in our district and beyond; as well as to dispel common myths about human trafficking. The presentation is also intended to provide Rotary Clubs and Rotarians in District 5840 with information about the Mission and Focus of the D5840 Combat Human Trafficking Club; as well as suggestions about what each Rotary Club and Individual Rotarian can “DO” to Combat Human Trafficking.
If your club is interested in a human trafficking presentation or project, please contact us. We welcome the opportunity to work with other clubs to help eradicate this global phenomenon that impacts over 25 million people each year.
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Retreat 4 Kids Project

Retreat4Kids is a healing home for girls who have been sexually trafficked or abused.  Their motto is “There is a darkness that is capturing youth in our region, state, and across our nation.  The darkness of sexual exploitation, trafficking, and abuse.  Thousands are trapped by this darkness.   There is a way out.  We Have the Key.
As we know, Light penetrates darkness.
The young children voted on what they would like Rotary to present to their home to help them move forward in their healing process.  On June 3, 2023, the D5840 Combat Human Trafficking Rotary Club in conjunction with the Dominion Rotary Club, Boerne Noon Rotary Club and Fair Oaks Ranch Rotary Club donated towards the purchase of   materials and provided volunteers to build a Quadrangle Swing that the children expressed their desire in having built on a quiet spot on their property, where they could all congregate to share, learn and pray.
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Rotary’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

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Rotary at the Start of the United Nations

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 


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History of Women in Rotary

Women are active participants in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and serving in leadership positions in Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
 “My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world,” said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01. 
The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.
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Young Inventor Eco-Friendly Bricks Come Full Circle

Every hero has an origin story. “I was 10 years old when the entire journey started,” explains Binish Desai. It began with a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated TV series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers. Desai can still recite the show’s refrain: Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take pollution down to zero! “That tagline stuck in my mind,” he says. “I wanted to do something to help Captain Planet.”

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