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Global Mondays Weekly Lecture Series - Global Legal Advocacy: Supporting Human Trafficking Survivors in the Philippines and Refugee Women in South Africa

William H. Gates Hall
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

Hosted by the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services, the International Law Society, and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

"Providing Livelihood to Human Trafficking Survivors"

Mr. Benjamin Aritao Jr., Barer Fellow; LL.M. Candidate in Sustainable International Development, UW Law

Mr. Benjamin Aritao Jr. earned a JD from the University of the Philippines and a BS in Commerce from De La Salle University. He currently has a limited private practice that focuses on litigation and election law, and specializes in legal advice for Philippine start-up companies and new business ventures. He was selected as a 2013 Barer Fellow and is pursuing his LL.M. degree in the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program. Two years into practice, Benj, his brother and two friends put up a social business called “The Paper Project, Inc.” (TPPI). TPPI provides livelihood to women escaping prostitution and human trafficking in the Philippines. Livelihood reduces the risk of re-trafficking and is the foundation of recovery and reintegration. TPPI enjoyed tremendous success as a business and is giving decent work to a growing number of women who are otherwise not qualified for any employment available from the general job market. He left law firm practice to attend to the new and growing business but remains engaged as a legal consultant for a conglomerate.

"Empowering Refugee Women in South Africa"

Mary Tal, iLeap Fellow; Founder and Project Director of Whole World Women Association

Mary is the Founder and Project Director of Whole World Women Association, a non-profit organization in South Africa that unites refugee women in a support group that struggles for equality and justices. A refugee herself, Mary was born in Cameroon and has migrated with her family throughout Africa. In the late 1990s, her and her family settled in South Africa where she experienced racism and discrimination, for her refugee status and her gender being female. “Within our region there are many factors, cultural, religious, and institutional that impedes women’s human rights, as well as political and economical participation” Mary explains. Mary is dedicated to raising awareness and making social change for women, especially refugee women, not only in South Africa, but around the entire continent. Mary views the iLEAP Fellowship as a way in which she can build up her own capacities in leadership and, in turn, empower the women with whom she works.