UNA-USA Queens Chapter’s PEHT Committee, York College Division of Student Development, Epsilon Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The Greater Queens Chapter of the Links, Inc. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Queens Alumnae Chapter are hosting


“Human Trafficking/Domestic Violence: Crimes Against Humanity”


at York College Faculty Dining Room, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY. More information

United Nations Association of the USA Queens Chapter







“As the 21st century begins, the degrading institution of

slavery continues through out the world. Trafficking in

persons is a modern form of slavery, and it is the largest

manifestation of slavery today. At least 700,000 persons

annually, primarily women and children, are trafficked

within or across international border”.


What is Human Trafficking:

Human trafficking is the modern form of slavery in which a person is denied of fundamental humanity through force, fraud and coercion. In the US the law recognizes two types of human trafficking sex and labor trafficking.

Sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to force women, men and children to engage in commercial sex against their will. Under federal law, any minor under the age of 18 years induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking—regardless of whether or not the trafficker used force, fraud, or coercion.

Labor traffickers—including labor recruiters, contractors, and employers—also use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to force people to work against their will in many different industries.

If you suspect of a person is being victimized please call the National Human Trafficking Hot-line


Our Mission:

The Partnership for the Eradication of Human Trafficking (PEHT) is a project sponsored by the United Nations Association USA, Queens Chapter. Our mission is to raise awareness, influence discussions, and advance better political and public practices regarding human trafficking.


Who we are:

We are a group of Volunteers committed to raise awareness, influence the current dialogue about human trafficking.



History of PEHT:

When many civic groups became aware of the growing problem on human trafficking in our part of NYC – the Borough of Queens, we formed a coalition to address the issue. At the same time, UNA-USA/ Young Professionals in NYC had formed PEHT to educate people about human trafficking in the year 2009. When they had completed their one-year program, UNA-USA/Queens Chapter asked that PEHT become a committee of their chapter. Peg Shannon facilitated the transition and has been a member ever since.


Sponsoring Agency:

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is America’s largest grassroots foreign policy organization and the leading center of research on the United Nations and global issues. We are dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the United Nations system, promoting constructive United States leadership in that system and achieving the goals of the United Nations Charter. UNA-USA has over 125 chapters throughout the country that work to engage the American public on UN-related issues through education, advocacy, and outreach. For more information, visit



Our current objectives:

Bring awareness about the crime of human trafficking in vulnerable communities through setting up and facilitating multi-stakeholder forum including community members and organizations, and professionals working within law enforcement, schools, hospitals, and legal and social services. PEHT has held educational workshops at institutions including the International YMCA midtown, in Jamaica Queens Public Library, NYC Midtown Community Court, and the United Nations Association.

One of our objectives is to increase availability to evidence based screening methodologies given the overwhelming number of victims that are not being identified. Hence, developing screening methodologies that are theoretically grounded and that demonstrate evidence-based substantiation is crucial in the progress of anti human trafficking scholarship. PEHT has supported the creation and testing process of the Inclusive Human trafficking Model, a screening methodology with collaboration of the International YMCA, Freedom Week, The Manhattan Community Court, and Children’s Village among other organizations.



PEHT members participated in Freedom Week activities and held an event that brought local artists together to identify who are the victims and/or potential victims of modern day slavery. Dress created by Mandy Kelso of YPIC (Young Professionals for International Cooperation, 2011).



Chairperson, Maria Almario, Co-Chairperson, Linda Theander and Kathleen conducted an interactive workshop with young people from the YMCA.



Throughout the year PEHT members have been meeting to discuss the Inclusive Human trafficking Model, a tool developed by Maria Almario that identifies victims of modern day slavery. Also, through social media the group has been connecting with groups such as Queens Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. who bring attention to the issue.



Kathleen Moran volunteered for Freedom Ladder’s project (Founder, Thomas Estler, Abolitionista). She also participated in “The Rule of Law Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice” at the UN and in the “8 Days” screening. This is a film about a young teenage middle class American girl trafficked in the U.S. Presented the UNA anti-trafficking materials to the PR person of the film for distribution.


In April, PEHT hosted and Kathleen moderated a panel discussion on the topic at the Queens Library. Community leaders participated in a conversation with Maria Almario, (PEHT Chairperson), Anthony Communiello,(Assist District Attorney), Jessica Melton, (Assistant District Attorney), Thomas Estler, (Freedom Ladder Founder). Resources were made available including the number for the national hotline on human trafficking for victims or witnesses.


In May, Maria Almario was a discussant on Human Trafficking at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) consultation held by UNA-USA’s Southern New York State Division, one of five events held in the U.S. Her report of the consultation was reviewed and sent to UNA-USA where it was incorporated in UNA-USA’s report on human rights in the U.S. to the UN’s human right’s office and the U.S. State Department.

The UPR is a tool of the UN Human Rights Council that reviews the human rights situation of all 193 member-states. Civil Society organizations like UNA-USA have a strong role to play in the UPR by submitting accompanying reports detailing the human rights related challenges and progress in each country.


Sponsored Projects

The Inclusive Human Trafficking Checklist: A Measurement Model The identification of victims of human trafficking and consequential service provision is characterized by a significant disconnection between the estimated number of victims and the number of cases identified. Some of this disconnection can potentially be explained by the insufficient theoretical and methodological advancements in the development of measurement strategies, the lack of screening instruments that demonstrate theoretical and evidenced based substantiation, as well as a lack of appreciation for the nuanced types of exploitation that persons who endorse vulnerable social identities endure during the process of victimization. The Partnership for the Eradication of Human trafficking supported the principal investigator Maria Almario in developing an instrument entitled The Inclusive Human Trafficking Checklist (IHTC). The instrument underwent a rigorous validation process for three years. The results of the investigation revealed that the IHTC improves appropriate identification of cases by 40% over the use of traditional measurement methodologies. The instrument was also perceived as useful as rated by professionals with human services, legal, and law enforcement backgrounds. The application of the IHTC in organizations that provide health, mental health and legal services provides opportunities for enhancement of survivor well-being, engagement and activism. For most information about the instrument please e-mail us at peht@unaqueens.org


Freedom Walk 2011- Freedom Week

Founder, Ann Lien (2nd on right), PEHT, Chairperson, Maria Almario, (3rd from right), YPIC member 2011 Mandy Kelso (4th on right), Kathleen Moran, PEHT member (1st on right).


Our Neighbors, Our Friends Event 2014 - UNA-USA Queens Chapter President, 2014, Pat Hollander, speaking at Queens

Library, Jamaica, Queens.


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