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The National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS), the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Notre Dame de Namur University partner to “Shut Out Trafficking”

Belmont, CA – From 11/09/16 thru 11/12/16, students at Notre Dame de Namur University will participate in an effort to help end human trafficking and forced labor, an issue that affects an estimated 21 million people globally, with 5.5 million estimated to be child victims.

The National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) has partnered with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s End Trafficking project to create Shut Out Trafficking, a program to raise awareness against human trafficking on ten university and college campuses across the United States each academic year. Shut Out Trafficking educates college students on the brutal human trafficking industry, which generates an estimated $150 billion annually.

Using sports as a platform to help inform campuses about the issue, the campaign engages student-athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators to educate the larger student body on the issue. In addition to student-athletes and coaches, participants from Notre Dame de Namur University will hear from survivors of human trafficking; participate in discussion groups; attend film screenings and more in an effort to empower students to take action.

There are an estimated 5.5 million child victims of trafficking and forced labor globally. These children have been bought and sold, forced into prostitution, or made to work at grueling, dangerous jobs with little to no pay.

Thousands of trafficking victims are right here in the United States. Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states, and thousands more are exploited through labor trafficking in agriculture, carnivals, and domestic servitude.

Last year, Shut Out Trafficking reached nearly 57,000 students on 8 college campuses throughout the US, helping to highlight this important issue to many more. This year, Shut Out Trafficking is being planned for 10 campuses.

During the week of 11/09/16 – 11/12/16, Notre Dame de Namur University will be hosting Shut Out Trafficking through the following events:
• Wednesday, 11/09/16 – UNICEF Keynote – NDNU Theatre @ 7pm (Public Welcome)
• Thursday, 11/10/16 – “Survivor-made” Art / Fair Trade Event – NDNU Quad @ 10am – 2pm
• Friday, 11/11/16 – “Not My Life” Movie Screening – NDNU Theatre @ 7pm (Public Welcome)
• Saturday, 11/12/16 – Athletic Games Day – NDNU Gleason Gym (Public Welcome) Women’s Basketball: 1pm – Dominican University vs. Sonoma State University 3pm – Chico State University vs. Notre Dame de Namur University Women’s Volleyball: 7pm – Chaminade University (HI) vs. Notre Dame de Namur University

About National Consortium for Academics & Sports

For 30 years, the mission of the NCAS has been to “use the power of sport to effect positive social change.” The NCAS educates and empowers individuals and organizations by inspiring values-based thinking leading to actions that promote social responsibility and equality. Through Dr. Richard Lapchick’s (President and CEO) leadership, the NCAS has improved college student-athlete graduation rates, advocated for diversity and inclusion in all athletic organizations, and created programs to affect social change in sports and society, including combating domestic violence.
About U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s End Trafficking Project:
The End Trafficking project is the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s initiative to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities to take meaningful action to help protect children. In partnership with concerned individuals and groups, the End Trafficking project aims to bring us all closer to a day when there are no exploited children.

For more information about the Shut Out Trafficking campaign, visit www.ncasports.org/services/human-trafficking/
Contact: National Consortium for Academics & Sports (NCAS), 407-823-4770
Website: www.ncasports.org
Twitter: #ShutOutHT

ABOUT NDNU

Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,800 students from diverse backgrounds.  Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU is the third oldest college in California and the first authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women. NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice and community engagement.  The University is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of undergraduate, graduate, doctorate and teacher credential programs.  The historic campus is located on the San Francisco peninsula in Silicon Valley.
Media Contact: Scott Kimmelman : (925) 708-0220; skimmelman@ndnu.edu

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