Help stop human trafficking, slavery

first_imgJanuary has been designated as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to better focus attention on this horrific crime and the exploited victims whose lives are forever changed.Many of our state and local politicians have been so very instrumental in co-sponsoring and/or supporting various bills which treat survivors of human trafficking as the victims they are, rather than as criminals. I would personally like to thank: Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, City Councilman Ed Kosiur, state Sens. George A. Amedore and James Tedisco, Assemblymen Angelo Santabarbara and Phillip Steck, U.S. Sens. Kirstin Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, and Rep. Paul Tonko. Since its inception in 1985, Safe Inc. of Schenectady, located at 1344 Albany St., has been at the forefront of providing emergency shelter and outreach services to more than 8,000 adolescents, teens and young adults.Its two highly regarded programs, Safe House — a co-ed youth shelter for homeless, runaway and other at-risk youth — and Project Safe, a continuum of services including counseling, health and wellness care, job training and life skills development (for ages 18-35), offer positive alternatives to street life where sexual exploitation and victimization are so rampant.Safe Inc. of Schenectady is the designee for New York state’s Safe Harbour initiative in Schenectady County. Safe Inc. of Schenectady has developed a collaborative task force, a community awareness campaign, provides case assessment referrals in collaboration with the County Multidisciplinary Team and Child Advocacy Center, refines interview strategies for the Department of Social Services and Safe Inc., and trains all staff in trauma-focused care.Barbara DworkinSchenectadyThe writer is board president of Safe Inc. of Schenectady.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Better monsoon to ease price situation: Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 5 (PTI) Better monsoon and foodgrain output will help ease the price situation, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today even as he listed performance of PSU banks, stalled projects and private sector investments as challenges. The meeting of the Financial Stability Development Council (FSDC), chaired by Jaitley, also decided that India will not let guards down on preparedness to deal with external sector vulnerabilities including those arising from Brexit. Financial sector regulators, including RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and Sebi Chairman U K Sinha, also deliberated on the macro-economic situation and financial developments globally. Jaitley said the major challenges before the government include strategy to improve the overall performance of public sector banks, to make stalled projects functional and economically viable and to increase private sector investment. “Due to better spread of monsoon, we are expecting higher production of pulses this year compared to previous years which in turn will substantially ease their prices in the market,” Jaitley said as per an official statement issued after the FSDC meeting. The Council also reviewed the measures taken by the government and the central bank for handling stressed assets and discussed ways to manage the situation. It called for continuous monitoring of the situation developing from Britains exit from the European Union as it would take long time for the full scenario to unfold, official sources said. There should be no complacency on Brexit situation, said the FSDC, which met for the 15th time today since its formation in December 2010. “The Council also discussed issues relating to developing a comprehensive framework for identification of Systematically Important Financial Institutions (SIFIs) across all sub-sectors of financial sector,” the statement said. On the issue of maturity of concessional swaps of 2013 against FCNR deposits during September-December 2016, FSDC noted the steps taken by RBI to suitably address the issue and its consequences. PTI JD DP ANZ SAadvertisementlast_img read more