February is Black History Month in the United States. Honor this holiday by understanding how human trafficking affects communities of color.
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In 2007, Dr. Birgit LaMothe heard about the issue of human trafficking from her airplane seatmate on a flight to Thailand. Shocked by the statistics and prevalence of contemporary slave-trading organizations, Dr. LaMothe returned to the US determined to make an impact within the state of New Mexico and to raise local awareness about the issue. Later that year, Dr. LaMothe gathered a group of locally concerned citizens to form the Southeastern New Mexico Trafficking Work Group. The organization hosted local and regional meetings, attended seminars and trainings offered by the NM Attorney General’s office, and lectured at local clubs and organizations. The group soon became a member of the NM Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force. The new NM-OATH Information Center serves as the organization’s administrative office a well as to inform the public through the gallery of images, information, and the adjoining research library at the heart of the project for which funding is requested.
New Mexico Organized Against Trafficking Humans (NM-OATH) pursues the following mission through "Healthy World," the NM-OATH Information Center:
The NM-OATH Information Center "Healthy World" features the Birgit LaMothe Research Library and the creative wood products of Real Wood Works. The elegant "Healthy World" facility thus presents sustainable solutions to social and environmental exploitation.
Situated at the front lines of the porous US/Mexican border, NM-OATH serves southern New Mexico through its primary location in Lincoln County and secondary satellite locations throughout the region. The organization, founded in 2007 by Dr. Birgit LaMothe, acquired 501(c)(3) status in September, 2009.