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Giving human trafficking survivors a second life

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Every year the US Department of State produces a Trafficking in Persons Report that assesses efforts carried out by governments around the world in combating human trafficking. Together with this report, it honours individuals who have distinguished themselves in the service towards the goal.

Although the award has been in existence for many years, there has never been a Kenyan recipient until now, and her name is Sophie Otiende. She is among the awardees of the Trafficking in Persons Report Hero.

“I became interested in human trafficking when someone from Awareness against Human Trafficking (Haart) explained to me that an experience I went th rough at age 13 was human trafficking. Finding a name for that experience was motivation to be involved in addressing and putting a stop to this issue,” she says.

No school

Sophie remembers vividly how she was turned into a house help in her uncles’ house where she had gone to stay as she waited for school to reopen. She was to be admitted in a boarding school near her uncles’ place in Kakamega.

Looking forward to the new experiences and the new friends she would make, Sophie was neady to beat her fellow pupils to the number one slot as she used to in her previous school at Umoja, Nairobi.

However, that was not how things turned out. When the school term began, Sophie remained in the house and did not go to school. Every day, she would ask her uncle when she would report to school, and all he would say was ‘soon’.

Days turned into weeks and weeks into months, and she still stayed home.

Every day she spent almost all her time performing tasks assigned to her , by her aunt and the little free time she got would be spent reading. “It reached a time I realised I would never go to school and since I couldn’t communicate with my family I had to accept my fate. I was sexually harassed in my uncle’s house by a male friend living there. I had no other option than to keep my mouth shut, but I kept looking for an opportunity to go back home and when I got it, I couldn’t let it pass,” she adds.

The opportunity presented itself in the form of a market day. When running an errand at the market, she met one of her parents’ friends and poured out her heart, explaining the tribulation she was going through at her uncle’s hands. The woman Sophie spoke to called her mother in Nairobi, who immediately came to Kakamega to take her daughter home.

Minimum standards After finding out what she went through was one form of human trafficking, she dug deeper to understand more about it and later joined Haart as a voluntee. She ended up assisting in setting up their protection department, which provides support to survivors of human trafficking. Her role was to coordinate services and learn and think about practical interventions.

She was also quite active in advocating for minimum standards of care for assisting victims of trafficking.

“At Haart, we have always known that Sophie is a hero, but now others are starting to take notice. The award is given to Sophie for her work at Haart and in recognition of her leadership role in the development of victim assistance infrastructure, resources, and practices in Kenya to ensure human trafficking survivors receive the best possible care, and her unwavering efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking in local communities,” says Jakob Christensen, Haart Programme Manager.

Big motivation

While serving survivors of trafficking has been her first priority, she has also led the development of several manuals for training vulnerable people on this vice as she believes there is little information on human trafficking that is contextual to the region.

Currently, Sophie is a board member and survivor advisor at Haart. She has assisted more than 400 victims of trafficking and helped identify victims both within and outside of Kenya. In her role, she continues to provide critical support and guidance to Haart’s victims’ assistance programme.

Sophie says this recognition is a big motivation to her. She is now using her new platform to fight for trafficking survivors and to raise money for Haart’s campaign to support victims, who due to Covid-19, are even more vulnerable than usual.

“My motivation remains seeing survivors like me recover, claim justice and thrive in communities,” she explains.

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You can easily migrate to and work in the US if you have these extraordinary abilities

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US Citizenship and Immigration Services has published a new section in the USCIS Policy Manual relating to the O nonimmigrant classifications. O-1 nonimmigrant status is available for aliens of “extraordinary ability” in the sciences, arts, business, education, and athletics, and aliens with a record of “extraordinary achievement” in the motion picture or television industry, who are coming to the United States temporarily to work in their area of ability or achievement. O-2 nonimmigrant status is available for essential support personnel coming solely to assist an O-1 artist or athlete.

The new section expands guidance on evaluating O-1 eligibility, including how officers determine if the petitioner has satisfied the evidentiary criteria and established that the beneficiary has extraordinary ability or extraordinary achievement, as applicable. It also clarifies when a petitioner may rely upon “comparable evidence” to meet the requirements for certain O-1 beneficiaries.

USCIS is also incorporating existing guidance relating to certain nonimmigrant athletes, coaches and entertainers (otherwise known as the P-1, P-2, and P-3 nonimmigrant classifications), and their essential support personnel into the Policy Manual.

For more information, see the USCIS Policy Manual.

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The 5 things you need to know about H-1B work visa

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BY BOB MWITI

Those very keen on relocating to US on a work visa, or those that are already here in the US on student visa, probably know a thing or two about H1B-visa, but there is quite a very good number of people who do not know anything about this visa that could allow one to live and work here in the US if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

After I graduated from college here in the US, I was able to get a H1B visa before finally becoming a permanent resident. So when I talk about H1B visa, I talk as someone who has gone through the whole process. It can be a bumpy ride, but with determination, you should be able to get there.

So in this episode of Success With Bob Mwiti Show, I give you 5 things you need to know about H1B work visa.Enjoy!.If you like my work, please subscribe to my youtube channel for more content about living and working in the United States Of America.

A Little Bit About Me!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

Keep your dream alive and never give up! To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

www.appstecamerica.com or www.successwithbobmwiti.com

Contact me at;
success@successwithbobmwiti.com
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The 5 must do things when you start looking for an IT consulting job

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BY BOB MWITI

Well, well, well, IT consulting is one of the most lucrative careers across the world. Consulting gigs usually command a six figure salary, but also they come with a lot of high expectations to deliver the project to the client.

Here in America, this Industry is saturated by Indians and it is the high time people from motherland explore the abundant opportunities.If you are out there and you want to get into the tech consulting world, these are the five must do things as you start looking for that project.Enjoy the show.

A Little Bit About Me!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

Keep your dream alive and never give up! To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

www.appstecamerica.com or www.successwithbobmwiti.com

Contact me at;
success@successwithbobmwiti.com
info@appstecamerica.com
+1 813-573-5619 ext 402

 

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