Today, this morning, The U.S. Arab Radio on 690 AM and its host Ms. Laila El Hussaini hosted a special program dedicated to addressing the growing challenge of human trafficking at home and abroad. This special segment on human trafficking was in light of the recent bust of the human trafficking ring in Lebanon, where 75 young Syrian refugees were the most recent victims of such a crime against humanity. Mr. Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director, was joined by Dr. Nesreen Suwan, who is board certified in psychiatry and neurology, Ms. Joumana Merhi, Director of The Office Branch of the Arab Institute for Human Rights in Lebanon, and Mr. Mohammed Abu Asaker, Public Information and Communications Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Mr. Hamad and guests stressed on the importance of collective efforts at all levels to combat human trafficking. Hamad reiterated the AHRC position in calling for the United Nations Refugee Affairs as well as the U.S. Administration to help rescue these stateless refugees and provide them with a safe-haven far from danger as the Lebanese authorities continue to investigate this matter. AHRC echoed the guests’ serious concerns about the well-being of these victims in Lebanon. AHRC urged education and awareness about human trafficking as one basic step to combat this heinous crime.
AHRC is committed to combating human trafficking in Michigan and abroad and is a proud member organization of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF). The Task Force is a collaboration of more than 90 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, non-profits, and community members working to prevent human trafficking in Michigan.