Hungary: Irén Adamné Dunai Honored for Efforts To Combat Trafficking In Persons

Posted by Talley Sergent
June 12, 2010
Children in Hajduhadhaz, Hungary

Every year, the U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons highlights the efforts of individuals from all over the world who work tirelessly to ensure that every person, no matter one's nation of origin or standing in society, is able to pursue a life of freedom. In the days leading up to the release of the annual Trafficking in Persons Report on June 14, 2010, DipNote will share their stories.About of Author: Talley Sergent is a Public Affairs Officer in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Iren Adamne Dunai is the deputy head of the Department for Gender Equality at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor in Hungary. She was a founding member of the inter-ministerial human trafficking working group and has organized numerous training opportunities for professionals and NGO to improve assistance for trafficking victims. In 2005, Ms. Dunai negotiated an agreement between the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide a 50-bed facility and fund a service contract to open the first shelter for victims of sex trafficking in Hungary. The same year, she helped establish the crisis hotline, which has referred more than 70 trafficking victims to crisis centers. Ms. Dunai personally ensured that crisis center workers located near the borders were trained to identify trafficking victims and support their special needs. As a result, these centers now offer short-term shelter to trafficking victims prior to transferring them to the trafficking shelter. In 2009, she secured financial support to open a second shelter for trafficking victims.

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Eric
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New Mexico, USA
June 13, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Hi Talley,

With all the folks being recognized for this on the blog I would find myself repeating myself all day long that "this is what I call doing "the mom thing" (or "the dad thing" as appropriate), so hat's off to one and all!

And the multiple individual presentations struck a thought that here you have the potential for the creation and release of the annual official State Dept Calander.

I'n not talking "Sports Illustrated" here...(chuckle).

But a way to generate public awareness and a donation source to help fund these programs.

How many people working for government have a calander on their office walls and can afford a hundred bucks?

Tax deductable of course.

This is based on the theory that if one wishes to get the message out, the government is going to have to find a way to package and market it so folks can actually hold something in their hands as proof they "got" it and are part of the solution. And furthermore get everyone else to want proof of being involved too just to keep up with the Jones'.

The theory has broad general applications way beyond this particular topic I would add.

In order to create additional funding streams for humanitarian programs in tough economic times it may be that going into buisiness as a "non-profit org." might be in order for my government.

This way, it's not subject to the whims of politics and budget priorities nearly as much and folks can rest easy knowing they won't have to fight battles on Capital Hill to get the job done.

I'm glad State has enjoyed the support it has recieved, but I think there's a way to lock in funding independantly, and that gives long term planning a shot in the arm as well over multiple administrations.

Twitter relief on steroids, globally...how's that grab folks?

Just tweet in your calander order and the donation, and 30 days later you get to have 12 award winning humanitarians pinned up on the wall to inspire ya.

What could serve to create a better world faster than that?

Keep on keeping on,

EJ

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