Dr. Katherine recieves Honorary Degree from University of Indianapolis

When I saw the subject line in my email, “Honorary Degree…” I didn’t quite know what to make of it. Surely it doesn’t mean what I think it means. So I went for a run and opened it later. It turns out, yes, indeed was being awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science from my alma
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CheckPoint Newsletter First Quarter 2017

This year has started out in a different, yet very good, direction. With the recent partnership with Labour Rights Protection Network (LPN) and Multi- stakeholder Initiative for Accountable Supply Chain of Thai Fisheries (MAST), Relentless is doing much more work in the area of labour exploitation and trafficking. I partnered with MAST on our joint
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Field Trip

Last week I traveled with Labour Rights Promotion Network (LPN) on a field trip to Rayong and Khlong Yai near the Cambodian border. We visited a couple of LPN’s Learning Centers that serve as a remedial school/drop-in center for migrant children who otherwise have no place to go. Although it is Thai law that migrant children are allowed to
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Frank and Kyle

I first met Frank at press briefing where he gave a brief testimony of what life was like for him as a slave aboard a Thai fishing vessel. A week later I presented a workshop on trauma informed care and self-care to the staff and peer leaders of the Labour Rights Protection Network (LPN) in
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Labor Trafficking: Doing Something About It

January’s focus on labor trafficking won’t be complete without looking at what is being done about it. Relentless is providing comprehensive health care to people (Burmese, Cambodians, Lao, Thai, etc.) who have been trafficked in the Thai fishing and construction industry. Relentless is also working with Labor Rights Promotion Network    (LPN) and MAST to train the staff of LPN
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Labor Trafficking Summary

The month of January the Relentless Facebook page has been exploring the aspects of trafficking for labor purposes – that is to make a distinction from being trafficked primarily for sexual exploitation. It must be stated that MANY – men and women – who are trafficked for work are also sexually exploited. * Here are the highlights: Much of
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Labour Trafficking 101

This month Relentless will be focusing on the issue of labour trafficking. Forced labour and labour exploitation are other terms that describe slavery that happens TODAY in YOUR country in 2017. Throughout the month I’ll be highlighting various aspects of labour trafficking such as risk factors and vulnerabilities, targeting certain industries (e.g. fishing in SE
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CheckPoint Newsletter 4th Quarter 2016

Hi friends, As I wrap up this year for my organization and myself, I feel so grateful to be connected to each of you. Thanks for your continued support and I hope you have a happy holiday season and new year. Here are some updates on the past year: Relentless moved to Bangkok! Bangkok has
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Reflections from Khun Watt

The only bad thing about moving Relentless’ base of operations to Bangkok is not being able to work with Khun Watt on a regular basis. She is a true joy and full of compassion, energy, and love for those who have experienced the worst. I asked her to write some of her thoughts about working
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Checkpoint 2nd Quarter 2016

EUROPE 2016 I spent seven weeks in Europe in private consultations, training seminars, and presenting workshops in five countries, and ten cities, involving twelve organizations (plus representatives from other organizations at seminars). Training themes included “trauma-informed care”, “essential components of health care for counter-trafficking organizations”, health and human trafficking for health care professionals, HIV-related topics, and caring for yourself and your staff. Each encounter was a rich and fruitful experience
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