Washington Engage, End Human Trafficking Now,
and Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future
Invite you to
the Launch of the BEST Initiative
President of Corporate and Government Affairs
Several years ago, David worked with international business and government leaders to start a business-facing initiative called End Human Trafficking Now, which provides tools for multinational corporations to prevent trafficking. In 2011, David and Dr. Mar Smith, a local researcher and Business Responsibility Consultant, forged a partnership between Washington Engage and End Human Trafficking Now. Working with business and government leaders they have produced the first anti-trafficking businesses tool for small to medium size businesses: Washington BEST Code of Conduct. By attending, you will learn about this innovative Washington-based initiative and find out how you can participate in global and local efforts to eradicate human trafficking.
Welcome Address by Rob McKenna, Washington Attorney General, President of National Association of Attorney Generals
Why should local businesses care about human trafficking?
Over the past three years, more prostituted children have been rescued in Seattle than any city in the U.S. Yet studies confirm that law enforcement officers are able to rescue only a fraction our youth who are sexually exploited for commercial purposes. Yet children are not the only victims of human trafficking in our state. There are also numerous cases of adults and foreign nationals who are trafficked in Washington State each year and exploited for commercial sex and/or labor. These cases pose serious risks not only to the individuals whose rights are violated but also to our local businesses. Traffickers use businesses to fund and facilitate their crimes.
The Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) Alliance empowers local businesses to take leadership to prevent the crime of human trafficking. By taking a few simple steps, businesses not only protect the youth and the vulnerable in our communities, they protect themselves from the legal, reputational, and financial risks that trafficking poses to local businesses.
Doors open at 5:45pm and speakers begin promptly at 6:25.
Location: Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Ave Seattle, WA 98121
Tickets are non-refundable, however they are transferable.
Cost of ticket includes Tom Douglas Appetizers and a no-host bar.
Please RSVP soon. Seating is limited.
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