Thursday, October 12, 2006

Texas observes NLAAD, October 15

The fourth annual observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) will take place on Sunday, October 15, 2006. Sponsored by the Latino Commission on AIDS, NLAAD is designed to develop awareness, promote prevention and build leadership around HIV/AIDS issues in Latino communities nationwide.

The following is a list of NLAAD-related events taking place around Texas, provided by (but not endorsed by Texas Department of State Health Services, HIV/STD Program, and published in the Texas HIV/STD E-Update).


The C.A.R.E. Program and the Mission of Restoration Program will sponsor an NLAAD event in East Austin. The event will take place at the Mission of Restoration Drop-In Center, 749 Montopolis Dr., on Friday, October 13. The event will feature HIV testing, counseling, referrals, and information along with drug counseling and referrals, blood pressure/blood sugar tests, and general health information. All services are free. Call 512-247-2222 for more information.

The Texas Department of State Health Services' (DSHS) HIV/STD Program will observe NLAAD with a presentation on HIV-related initiatives along the Texas/Mexico border on Tuesday, October 17 from 10-11:30am in room K-100 (auditorium) at the DSHS main campus, 1100 W. 49th St., in Austin. Scheduled presentations include the Cross-Border HIV/AIDS Multisectorial Policy Group, the Paso del Norte Study of risk behaviors and disease prevalence among IDUs, and the Migrant Clinicians Network. All are welcome to attend this presentation. Call Greg Beets at 512-533-3025 for more information.


The Coastal Bend AIDS Foundation (CBAF) is partnering with the Valley AIDS Council (VAC) Clinic to launch a social marketing campaign to educate Latino/Chicano communities in the Coastal Bend Area about the risk of HIV/AIDS. The campaign also seeks to encourage people to get tested for HIV and to access HIV care services if needed. VAC staff will use the local English and Spanish language media to promote the campaign. Appearances are scheduled on local channels KIII (ABC) and KORO (Univision). The campaign message will be critical to normalizing the presence of HIV as a community problem for the Hispanic/Chicano community. Local HIV/AIDS statistics and trends will be provided and prevention messages will be connected to CBAF’s prevention efforts in Molina, a predominately minority neighborhood on the Westside of Corpus Christi. Testing will be provided at this location from 1-6pm. Testing will also be conducted at CBAF offices on 400 Mann Street, Suite 800, in Corpus Christi from 9am to 5pm. For more information, please call 361-841-2001.


The Dallas County Health & Human Services Department (Mobile Medical Clinic) will co-host two functions to commemorate NLAAD in collaboration with multiple Dallas County community-based organizations. On Sunday October 15, the department will offer HIV/STD education and HIV/syphilis testing in collaboration with Resource Center of Dallas at Kaliente's (parking lot), 4350 Maple Av. at Hondo Av., from 7-11pm. On Monday October 16, the department will provide HIV/STD education and HIV/syphilis testing in collaboration with AIDS Interfaith of Dallas at the Mexican Consulate Office of Dallas, 8855 N. Stemmons Fwy., from 10am to 3pm. For additional information, please contact Monica Tunstle Garrett, Dallas County Health & Human Services, at 214-819-2132.

On Sunday, October 15 from 10am to 2pm, Dallas area HIV-related organizations will commemorate NLAAD with an outreach event at Bachman Lake, located at Bachman Lake Drive and Northwest Hwy. Participating organizations include the Latino Commission on AIDS, Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Valiente DFW LGBTQ, Mosaic Family Services, Inc., Dallas Legal Hospice, and AIDS Arms, Inc. Trained volunteers will be utilizing the OraQuick Advanced HIV Antibody Test, which provides clients with results in as little as 20 minutes. For additional information regarding this event, please contact Efren Garcia at Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, 214-893-5458.


Planned Parenthood Center of El Paso will conduct HIV awareness and testing events on Wednesday, October 11 from 9am to 1pm at the El Paso Mexican Consulate and on Monday, October 16 at El Paso Community College, Valle Verde Campus, from 10am to 2pm. The goal of these events is to reach as many Latinos as possible in the border area to raise consciousness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Latino community. Other agencies have been invited to participate in this event, including La Fe, Thomason General Hospital, the Binational AIDS Committee, and other local ASOs. Entertainment and Mexican folkloric dances will be part of the program. For more information, contact Tony Ramos at

Aliviane, Inc. in El Paso will be providing confidential HIV screenings and Texas A & M University Prevention Resource Center will be providing information on HIV/AIDS, STDs and Hepatitis A, B, and C. This event will take place Friday, October 27 from 9-11am at Socorro Ramirez Community Center (Sparks Center), 106 Peyton Road in Horizon City. For more information, contact Emma Munoz, Aliviane, Inc., at 915-782-4042, or Susan Hernandez or Juan Garcia at the Texas A & M University Prevention Resource Center, 915-860-9528.


Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) hosted “Carnaval de Salud” on Saturday, October 7 from 8am to 12pm at 1101 S. Main St. (at Rosedale) in Fort Worth. This wellness event, part of the sixth annual observance of Binational Health Week, included HIV prevention activities. The goal of this event was to provide the Hispanic community with free information on public health as well as screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV and syphilis. Call 817-321-4700 for more information.

La Gran Plaza Health Fair will take place Saturday, October 14 from 10am to 3pm at the OK Corral Night Club, 4200 South Fwy., in Fort Worth. The goal of this event is to provide the Hispanic community with free information on public health as well as screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV and syphilis. Please call Santos Navarrette at 817-321-5333 for more information. TCPH will also conduct HIV and syphilis screening at the OK Corral on Saturday night from 9pm to 1am. Please call Brian Barron at 817-321-4863 for more information.


St. Hope Foundation will provide HIV testing for NLAAD on Sunday, October 15 from 12-5pm at Club Carnaval, 8150 Southwest Fwy., in Houston. For more information, contact W. Jeffrey Campbell at 713-778-1300, ext. 230.


Special Health Resources for Texas, Inc. (SHRT) will provide education, counseling, and testing in Tyler on Sunday, October 15 at La Michoacana, 310 N. Beckham, from 10am to 4pm, and in Longview on Monday, October 16 at La Michoacana, 1419 S. Green St., from 10am to 4pm. For more information, contact Ernesto Guevara at 903-234-8808, ext. 246.


Health Horizons of East Texas will conduct a community education and awareness event on Thursday, October 12 at 6pm at 2604 Stallings Drive in Nacogdoches. Free HIV testing will be available. Free HIV testing will also be available on Monday, October 16 at 412 North Street, Suite F. For more information, call toll-free 800-745-8240.


Ector County Health Department will conduct an NLAAD event on Thursday, October 12 from 5-1pm at LULAC’s “La Raza,” located at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin campus at 4901 E. University. For more information, call Jackie Venske or Lynn Gorton at 432-498-4141.


The San Antonio Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) will be hosting the following NLAAD-related activities:

Thursday October 12
6:30pm: Procession of Hope, San Fernando Cathedral (meet at Main Plaza)
9-12pm: HIV Testing, food, activities, door prizes at Bermuda Triangle, 119 El Mio

Friday October 13
8:30-10:30am: HIV testing and food at University Health System/FFACTS Clinic 527 N. Leona

Saturday October 14
10am-2pm: HIV testing, music, activities, and door prizes at Good Samaritan Center, 1600 Saltillo
7pm-12am: HIV testing and door prizes Stewart Center 1711 Guadalupe St.

Sunday, October 15
12-4pm: Free HIV testing and prizes at “Festival de la Salud,” Alamodome

The SAPC has joined forces to offer HIV screenings to the population in the San Antonio area that might not otherwise access testing sites due to stigma and denial. The collaborative is comprised of Avendida Guadalupe, BEAT AIDS, Good Samaritan, Community Clinic/Project Save, Mujeres Unidas, Hope Action Care, San Antonio Metro Health District (SAMHD), and the University Health System. The SAPC feels that offering a wide range of events in a health fair setting will help reduce the stigma associated with this pandemic. For more information, contact George Perez (SAMHD) at 210-207-8071 or Yvette Moran (Mujeres Unidas) at 210-738-3393.

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation will offer HIV testing from 8am to 6pm on Monday, October 16 at 818 E. Grayson St. For more information, please contact Vanessa Gonzales at 210-225-4715.


Anonymous said...

Human Trafficking in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a source and transit country for men, women, and children for the object of sexual abuse, involuntary domestic servitude, child camel jockeying, and debt bondage. Women and girls from Bangladesh are trafficked to India and Pakistan for sexual abuse. Bangladeshi women migrate legally to Middle-East country–Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, the U.A.E., and Saudi Arabia–for work as domestic servants, but often find themselves in situations of involuntary servitude. In addition, Bangladeshi boys are trafficked to the Middle-East to serve as camel jockeys and internally as bonded laborers in the fishing industry. Women and girls from rural areas are trafficked internally for sexual abuse and domestic servitude.

There are 15,000 Bangladeshi women employed in Dubai and Bangladeshi women working in the Middle East sends home 72 per cent of their earnings on average.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that 2.45 million trafficking victims are toiling in exploitative conditions worldwide. An estimated 6,00,000 to 8,00,000 women and children are trafficked across international borders each year and among them, 80 per cent are women and girls.

Girls prostitutes is increasing, in part due to the misconception that young girls will not carry or transmit HIV/AIDS. So, many men believe that having sex with young girls will improve their virility or perhaps even cure a sexually transmitted disease or make them more successful in business. Girls prostitutes as young as teen are thus in high demand. So that, trafficking in Bangladesh exists for the purposes of forced prostitution. Although exact figures on the scope of the problem vary widely, the consensus is that the trafficking problem is growing rapidly. An estimated 90 percent of trafficked women were forced to engage in prostitution.

A survey conducted by Rainbow Nari O Shishu Kallyan Foundation that the girls forced (trafficking) into the brothels do not want to return to their homes once they are into it for more than one year. Such girls believe, they would be victim of social stigma and face discrimination from the society. They also believe, their family would suffer several social taboo, self-respect, and social-dignity.

International Human Rights Organization has reported a range of estimates for the number of child trafficking victims. Some 5,000 to 12,000 girls may be trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation annually, and as many as 200,000 trafficked Nepalese girls are estimated to reside in Indian brothels. Girls as young as 9 years old have been trafficked. In 2001, a local NGO recorded 265 cases of girl trafficking victims, of which 34 percent were below 16 years of age. While trafficking of children often leads to their sexual exploitation, there is also demand for trafficked boys and girls to work in the informal labor sector

Traffickers were frequently from the country or India, and had links to brothels in India. In some cases parents or relatives sold women and girls into sex industries or trafficker. Every year, thousands of Bangladeshi girls, some as young as 12 are sent to or procured for brothels in the big Indian cities, like Bombay or Calcutta. AIDS researcher Mr. Mohammad Khairul Alam said, “Trafficking in girls and women is warmly linked to movements in search of employment opportunities. Poverty and gender discrimination make girls and women more vulnerable to traffickers and buyers. The traffickers are not accompanying the women while crossing the border. So it is difficult for the border police to arrest them. There are some female members in the trafficking gang, which helps to hide their identity. Initiatives to reduce poverty and promote gender equality are therefore of direct importance in efforts to combat trafficking.”

The trafficking of girls and women for forced prostitution into Bangladesh is a serious problem and a grave human rights exploitation. Women unemployment in Bangladesh is twice as high as male unemployment. Jobs as domestic worker are so badly paid that it is impossible to live on them. Thus the high number of women who are forced to turn to prostitution is not surprising.

Mir. Jainal Abedin Faruqui
Director (SMMAI)
Jibon Tower

Peter1900 said...

Its very shame for the humans in this modern era. If women girls and boys from rural areas are trafficked internally for sexual abuse, this will be stopped by the government of Bangladesh. It would not make any effect then the united nation will be take initiative to break such crimes.

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