THE paralegal group Balaod Mindanaw will hold a month-long anti-human trafficking drive this March in Cagayan de Oro City.
Kicking off the campaign will be a photo exhibit at Centrio Mall from March 6 to 7 and an advocacy concert at Limketkai Atrium the day after on March 8.
According to Balaod Mindanaw executive director Ritz Lee Santos III, the projects aim to assist in the prevention of human trafficking through the provision of legal awareness and education to high school students, out-of-school youth, parents, teachers and other stakeholders on human rights and laws on human trafficking.
The organization is also planning to intensify and broaden its awareness campaign strategies through a video making contest, an extemporaneous speech contest and jingle contest. The video making contest alone will be participated by 52 schools.
“Human trafficking is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights that involves various acts of exploitation for profit. This pressing social issue exists in Cagayan de Oro City and its nearby areas in Northern Mindanao and its victims regardless of age, gender and social status are forced to engage in the most inhumane and hideous acts that curtail their rights,” Santos said.
Balaod Mindanaw works with marginalized sectors and communities through mainstreaming alternative lawyering and paralegalism.