NOT HERE Presents:  The Governor’s Summit on Human Trafficking

November 12 & 13, 2015

The Countdown: 97 days remaining

August 4th began our 100 day countdown leading up to The Governor’s Summit on Human Trafficking in Maine. Over these 100 days, we will be sharing a fact, a resource, or a perspective each day, to raise awareness, encourage discussion, and inspire action against injustice, both domestically, and globally.


Today’s Featured Resource: COFFEE INDUSTRY TRENDS 2014

Who doesn’t enjoy an iced coffee on a hot summer day?
Coffee, a favorite beverage of many, has a dark side however. Like many products we all purchase, if you are not examining the companies and supply chains behind the items you purchase daily, you may be unknowingly contributing to the global slave trade. 


You can avoid drinking coffee tainted with the bitter aftertaste of slavery by examining the supply chain behind your favorite beverage, and buying only from companies who take measures to avoid the use of child and forced labor.  The Coffee Industry Trends 2014 mini-report, published by Free2Work, ranks 39 different coffee supply chains on their commitment to avoiding child and forced labor.


Don’t see YOUR favorite coffee company rated on this list? Many smaller, local coffee companies can share with you more information about how they source their coffee beans. Just ask them. Those who source responsibly and make the effort to purchase beans from small scale, responsible, fair trade farmers and cooperatives will be happy you asked!
We are excited to share with you that at The Governor’s Summit on Human Trafficking, we will be serving fair trade coffee locally roasted right here in Maine! To some, this may be just a nice little detail. To those growing the coffee beans however, it can be life changing and provide a sustainable income that keeps children from being pulled into an unjust labor market and out of schools. 


We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, and share these resources in your social networks to help us raise awareness that yes, human trafficking DOES happen in Maine AND around the globe, and EVERYONE needs to be involved to stop it. 


Be a part of the movement that declares Not Here!  

Looking for more information on The Governor’s Summit on Human Trafficking?

Stay tuned! Registration information for the Summit will be coming soon!