Global Initiative

Global Initiative

Emma Thompson's Journey
Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson is joining forces with UNODC to raise awareness about human trafficking. The British actress participatedin the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking that took place from 13-15 February 2008.
She is also the driving force behind a unique art installation - "Journey"- which uses seven transport containers to illustrate the brutal and harrowing experiences of women sold into the sex trade. "Journey" will also be coming to Vienna. Thompson spoke to Louise Potterton.
How did your personal "journey"- getting involved in human trafficking issues - come about?
I'm the Chair of the Helen Bamber Foundation. Helen Bamber is an 82-year-old woman who started her work as a human rights activist in Bergen-Belsen in 1945. She went there with the Jewish Relief Unit, which was one of the first relief units to go into concentration camps. Helen has spent her entire life developing her human rights work. I've worked with her on various forms of human rights abuse. A few years ago she started a new foundation, and I said I would love to help. I got more and more involved in her work, which concentrates on working with survivors of various kinds of cruelty.
http://www.ungift.org/ungift/stories/journey.html

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