DIGICEL PARTNERS WITH THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Tackling one of the biggest global issues by promoting awareness and providing direct victim support
Thursday July 21st 2011 – Kingston, Jamaica: Digicel today announced its partnership with the United Nations’ Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT). The partnership will see the company piloting a project promoting awareness raising on human trafficking and providing direct victim support by establishing service hotlines.
The pilot project – which will begin in Haiti and Papua New Guinea – will provide victim empowerment through the provision of free hotlines and donation lines as well as raising awareness among customers and staff concerning human trafficking.
Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, said; “At Digicel, we go to great lengths to move our communities forward in a positive way across all our markets. As such, we are pleased to be working with the UN on this pilot programme in the fight against human trafficking by extending our services to benefit those who may be in trouble, especially in countries such as Haiti and Papua New Guinea, two countries known for their difficult conditions.
“We have seen how technology can benefit society, but using it to help people free themselves – and indeed save lives – is a service we are very proud to be associated with.”
UN.GIFT Public Information Officer, Siria Gastelum, said; “We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Digicel for getting on board and piloting this programme in Haiti and Papua New Guinea. While employers and business have an opportunity to play a pivotal role in the fight against human trafficking, technology can play a unique role. For many victims of human trafficking deprived of other means of contact with the outside world, their mobile telephone service provider – in cases where the provider can be contacted for free – may be their only potential source of help.”
The core aim of UN.GIFT will be to educate Digicel staff in areas of human trafficking to raise their awareness to the issue as well as the methods and techniques needed to adapt anti-human trafficking measures. In addition, Digicel will provide toll-free hotlines to strengthen direct victim support as well as open donation hotlines for victims of human trafficking in Haiti and Papua New Guinea.
Digicel is the largest mobile provider in Haiti and Papua New Guinea and in both countries makes every effort to move communities forward in a positive way. While Digicel proudly sponsors a number of sports, cultural and social activities, through the Digicel Foundations it has also contributed heavily in education, the reduction of crime and the improvement of health services in both countries.