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March 14, 2006

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE GIVEN KACHEPA TO LECTURE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AT CCNY CENTER FOR WORKER EDUCATION

NEW YORK, March 13, 2006 — It is hard to imagine that slavery still exists in America, but it does. The U.S. government estimates that each year between 14,500 and 17,500 people are brought into the United States to be used as slaves. This is real slavery, people forced to work against their will under violence or threat of violence and being paid nothing.

Come and learn about Human Trafficking from Given Kachepa, a formidable survivor and human rights advocate. This special one-hour event, co-sponsored by the Student Government of the Center for Worker Education (SGCWE) and Media 4 Humanity, will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at the City College Center for Worker Education, 99 Hudson Street, sixth-floor auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

“SGCWE is excited and honored to co- sponsor this special event with Media For Humanity,” said Lisa B. Jones, member of SGCWE. “Given Kachepa’s lecture on human trafficking, coupled with his personal experience as a child slave, will enlighten audiences to the worldwide atrocity of human enslavement.”

Kachepa will tell his personal story as a former child slave and as a survivor, in addition to discussing the problem of global slavery, as a whole. Highlights include a video screening of a film produced by Rescue and Restore on how to recognize and denounce human trafficking.

“Human trafficking exists largely because it is hidden,” says Melanie Siben, Chief Executive Officer of Media 4 Humanity. “It’s brave men and women like Given Kachepa who bring the problem out in the open. Not only is Given a survivor of child trafficking, he’s a knowledgeable and impassioned speaker on the issue. Media 4 Humanity is proud to sponsor this young man, a role model for all of us.”

About Given Kachepa

Given Kachepa raises awareness and seeks to end human trafficking. Brought to the United States from Zambia at 11, Given was abused, exploited and enslaved, and he became one of the 18,000 people per year who are trafficked in the United States. Rescued by the INS in 2000, Given speaks out about his experience in an effort to help other victims and ultimately bring to an end human trafficking. He has testified at a Texas legislative committee, which passed H.B. 869 — a state Anti-Trafficking Bill that provides justice for trafficking victims and prosecutes alleged traffickers. His story has been used as part of the Federal Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign and also helped create “Slavery Still Exists” – a national guide that has been distributed in numerous communities.

About Media 4 Humanity

Media 4 Humanity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c) 3 charitable organization of media professionals brightening the lives of disadvantaged children. Projects include: rebuilding public school libraries within New York and New Orleans; creating sports days, spa nights, literacy activities, self-esteem building programs, and a national child-trafficking awareness campaign.

About the Student Government of CWE

The Student Government of the Center for Worker Education (SGCWE) is comprised of five students elected by their peers to represent the interests of the student body. Its mission is to: represent the needs, concerns and issues of and for the student body of CWE; to serve as ambassadors of and for CWE in the community as well as a liaison for student government activities on the Main Campus of City College; to work with faculty (both at CWE and the main campus) in order to serve the needs of the CWE student body, and to promote and sponsor activities that would foster harmonious relationships for CWE students with surrounding communities, associations and businesses.

About The Center for Worker Education

The Center for Worker Education (CWE), headquartered in Lower Manhattan, is a division of The City College of New York (CCNY) College of Liberal Arts & Science. Founded in 1981, it has become one of the leading working adult educational institutions in the city. CWE offers an excellent interdisciplinary B.A. degree in Liberal Arts with a number of special concentrations and a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education. It attracts over 750 working professionals per semester and reflects the multi-ethnic composition of New York City.

CWE Contact Information

Elena Romero, Communications Coordinator, CWE, (212) 925-6625 x 258, eromero@ccny.cuny.edu.

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