PIER INSTITUTE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAMS           

Instant Imprints of Louisville Partners with Supplier
in Honduras to Fight Human Trafficking 

September 18, 2013

Instant Imprints of Louisville (Colorado) and Gildan (Honduras) collaborated this month to bring the Verifica program against human trafficking to Honduras.  The program was implemented in the same community that produces many of the clothing items Instant Imprints of Louisville offers to its customers.  Over a three day period, a staff member from the PIER Institute trained over 200 students in special tactics to protect themselves, their families, and their friends.

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To complete this CSR project, Instant Imprints connected PIER Institute with Gildan in the U.S., then Gildan's office in Honduras coordinated with local schools to schedule the launch of program.  Instant Imprints made the program possible while all local transportation, meals and lodging for PIER's trainer were donated by Gildan.
 
"This collaboration is an excellent example of how two companies can pursue their respective business interests while at the same time working to build healthy communities," said Lucas Velasquez, Global Project Coordinator for the PIER Institute.  "We look forward to working with both companies again."

Verifica is a community-based program proven to stop human traffickers and protect communities.  Traffickers often pose as "recruiters" with promises of employment in distant cities and then sell their victims into slavery or forced labor.

Verifica exposes traffickers before they can exploit the innocent without risk to targeted teens or the community. It uses a combination of outreach, awareness, and training in special tactics to shield vulnerable young people in a neighborhood or community against human traffickers. 

Building on this new "supply chain" connection, Instant Imprints of Louisville and Gildan are also assisting PIER with the development of a micro-enterprise project in the same Honduran community to help us more readily build local relationships and explore future collaborations.

The PIER Institute uses business connections like these complete projects with innovative U.S. companies, their foreign suppliers or customers, and nearby communities committed to sustainable development. 

 Please contact us to learn how your company can turn its international
business connections into positive community relationships.

 

Working for Responsible & Sustainable Market Development

Honduras is a country of about 8.1 million people in Central America.

Economic growth in the last few years has averaged 7% a year, one of the highest rates in Latin America, but 50% of the population (approximately 3.7 million people) still remains below the poverty line.

According to the UNHCR, Honduras is principally a source and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Honduran victims are often recruited from rural areas with false offers of employment and later subjected to sex trafficking in urban and tourist centers, such as Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, and the Bay Islands.

Honduran women and children are exploited in sex trafficking in Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Belize, and the United States.

Companies like Gildan and Instant Imprints of Louisville are working to improve local conditions while at the same time creating new jobs in both countries through responsible and innovative business practices.

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