Read, “Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade—And How We Can Fight It,” by David Batstone.
Pacific Gateway Center (PGC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower immigrants, refugees and low-income in building skills so they may access opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency. PGC’s key operations include social services, economic development, education and training with integrated strategies and interventions that address the critical needs of our targeted populations.Immigrants, refugees and the economically-disadvantaged live under broad conditions of vulnerability that encompass social, cultural, economic and political factors. Risk factors include social and culture exclusion, stereotyping, poverty, lack of job and communication skills, shame, limited education and/or limited access to education, gender issues for women, as well as personal confrontation with political instability, war and conflict in home countries. Many of the immigrants and refugees we serve are victims of human trafficking.PGC's client populations face daunting challenges inherent with transitioning to a new country with new cultural values. Throughout the year, PGC assists about 5,000 clients per year with a bilingual and bi-cultural staff that support daily survival needs such as language access, health care, affordable housing, food, job training and placement, education, and economic empowerment.PGC services the entire state of Hawai'i with current clients on O'ahu, Big Island of Hawai'i, Kauai, and Maui. For decades, Pacific Gateway Center has been the portal for immigrants and refugees to Hawaii seeking opportunities to reclaim and rebuild their lives for themselves and their families.
Pacific Gateway Center engages in outreach and education to increase public awareness for victim identification and human trafficking prevention through the work of the Rescue and Restore Coalition: 808HALT. Flyers are available in over 10 different languages. To learn more about trafficking in Hawaii including multi-lingual short videos about Hawaii trafficking see:www.808halt.com