AIT Kaohsiung Branch Office and Kaohsiung City Co-host Event to “Turn the Tide” Against Human Trafficking

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PR-1050E | Date: 8/02/2010

The American Institute in Taiwan Kaohsiung Branch Office (AIT/K) is pleased to join the Kaohsiung City Government in co-hosting the press event, Kaohsiung – Turning the Tide against Human Trafficking, at the Kaohsiung City Hall on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.  The event will highlight the critical role of local governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the international fight to “turn the tide” against human trafficking.  In its 2010 Trafficking in Person Report, the U.S. Department of State noted that Taiwan achieved the highest ranking of “Tier 1” for the year because of the Taiwan authorities’ full compliance with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

The press event will feature remarks by Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu, AIT/Kaohsiung Branch Chief Chris Castro and noted television personality Janet Hsieh, who has agreed to serve as AIT/Kaohsiung’s first “Honorary Anti-Human Trafficking Celebrity Ambassador.”  The widely-acclaimed Kaohsiung City Children’s Choir will also perform at the event.

AIT Spokeswoman and Public Affairs Officer Sheila Paskman said, “AIT is pleased to collaborate with the City of Kaohsiung, and the Kaohsiung based NGOs, in their efforts to ensure that Taiwan maintains its forward momentum on dealing with the issue of trafficking in persons. We recognize the key to ending the crime of human trafficking lies within strong and effective partnerships.”

For more information about the event, please contact Beatrice Lin by phone at 07-238-7744 ext. 625 or by email at