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FIGHT CHILD TRAFFICKING WITH ZOE
The work of ZOE Foundation Australia is focused on both Australia and South East Asia. Our goal in Australia is to implement advocacy and education programs that help to increase knowledge about trafficking. We encourage all Australians to use their voice in order to bring attention to the atrocities of human trafficking, child trafficking and modern day slavery.
By using social media platforms, blogs, local newspapers or other links in the community, we’ve seen everyday Australians make an incredible difference. We also hope to inspire the next generation to raise funds which provide resources for long-term solutions in South East Asia such as vocational training, children’s education, human trafficking prevention programs, staff salaries for Child Rescue Teams as well as restoration programs for rescued children. In South East Asia, ZOE has a holistic model that focuses on the critical areas of prevention, rescue and restoration.
Extreme vulnerability caused by lack of development and education, coupled with inadequate response systems, allows traffickers to flourish. To reduce vulnerability, ZFA supports anti-trafficking training programs that build awareness among the vulnerable and empower them to protect themselves. Our community outreach and public awareness campaigns target the most vulnerable – poor families, rural communities, youth and children.
The first step in saving a life begins with a rescue. Once victims have been identified, the team works with the dedicated men and women in the government’s social services, legal services and law enforcement to conduct rescue operations. ZOE International's investigative team in Thailand identifies ‘at-risk’ orphans and other vulnerable children and develops better strategies to combat traffickers.
The goal of our restoration program is to help rescued children heal from the trauma of their past and to have a renewed hope for their future. Our care of children is based on a 'family' model. ZOE 'parents' are indigenous staff who are trained in trauma-informed care and who look after the day-to-day needs of children in their family. In each country we work in, ZOE respect and value the local culture and encourage activities that promote both the nationality and ethnicicity of each child.
"Australians were the biggest exploiters of Thailand’s child sex tourism"
From the studied patterns of arrests and prosecutions between 1995-2006, Johns Hopkins University
After a number of Australians were prosecuted for child abuse crimes in the Philippines, the Australian Government developed plans to ban convicted pedophiles from traveling overseas.
“There's most certainly deep concern among countries in our region about the number of registered child sex offenders in Australia engaging in the child sex tourism industry”
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, 2017.
We know that this is not the reputation we want as Australians and we are working hard to ensure that the next generation has the knowledge to make ethical choices, and the tools to use their voice for change. By using our first hand knowledge we have been able to develop free curriculum for Australian teachers to enable them to teach the next generation how to protect the most vulnerable.
"The curriculum materials are excellent and I find them invaluable in developing our unit of work"
Robyn Davis, Gippsland Grammar
"My girls really embraced this and were very concerned about what is happening in the world. I will be using this great resource next term with my lively and compassionate group of Year 10 girls"
Vivienne Lynch, Korawa Anglican Girls’ School
ZFA raises awareness through the media, entertainment industry, influential voices, speaking engagements, internet communities, and by encouraging university and high school involvement. ZFA representatives share at school assemblies and chapel services, as well as with business people, churches and public events. We strongly believe that awareness of the trafficking problem must be widespread and include cooperation and collaboration among anti-trafficking organisations. We also know that Australians want to be part of the solution, so we provide opportunities for individuals and groups to raise funds for programs that support the ZOE prevention, rescue and restoration work.
MINISTRIES of ZOE INTERNATIONAL
ZOE International is a Christian organisation with the mission to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ and to make disciples of the un-reached people of the world and to demonstrate God’s compassion through rescuing and caring for orphans and children from human trafficking.