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What's On at the Thomson Reuters Foundation

This month at the Thomson Reuters Foundation: our anti-trafficking toolkit is endorsed by the Wolfsberg Group, we release a special investigation into India’s deadly sand mining industry, we announce new Trust Conference speakers, we’re on the lookout for journalists with an interest in covering security, and place welcomes a packed house at London’s iconic Frontline Club.

This newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest news, events, and developments from our key programmes: free legal assistance, media development and training, coverage of the world’s under-reported news, and Trust Conference.

Global Banking Network Endorses Anti-Trafficking Toolkit

The Wolfsberg Group, a network of the world’s largest banks and a global standard-setter on financial crime, has endorsed the European Bankers’ Alliance Anti-Trafficking Toolkit developed by TrustLaw. The group has urged financial institutions worldwide to adopt the toolkit, created in response to rising concerns about the growth of trafficking rings across Europe. The toolkit includes a set of ‘red flag’ indicators tailored specifically to European financial institutions, together with case studies and resources that will help detect and report suspicious patterns in financial activity that may be linked to human trafficking.

Special Investigation Into Miners Drowning for Sand

Do you know what the hidden human cost to Mumbai’s glittering new skyline is? This month, our news team put out a special multimedia investigation into India’s illegal sand mining industry - which generates approximately $150 million a year - with the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat the main hotspots. "There have been so many times when I have gone down for sand and touched a body", said Shiva Shahni, a miner interviewed by our correspondent. Read the full story.

World-Renowned Activists to Speak at Trust Conference

Each year, our annual Trust Conference welcomes some of the world’s most inspiring speakers. At our 6th annual event, taking place on November 15 and 16 in the heart of London, the line-up will include famous Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, Raha Moharrak, Saudi Arabia’s first female Everest climber, Kevin Bales, founder of Free the Slaves, and Kenyan lawyer Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, who uses the power of sport to fight FGM, early marriage, and domestic violence. Register today or email tahsin.ahmed@thomsonreuters.com.

Journalism Training on Uncovering Emerging Threats

We’re looking for journalists to take part in a unique media skills development programme designed to strengthen stories on under-covered security threats and responses across the globe on subjects ranging from climate change to mass migration.The three-day residency, brought to you by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with the Stanley Foundation and Gerda Henkel Stiftung, will support journalists in collaborating with researchers to uncover emerging threats in specific communities, countries or regions, and produce stories that reach a wide audience. Apply here.

‘Politics of Death’ Launched with Packed Film Screening

place, our news website devoted exclusively to reportage on land, property, housing and indigenous rights around the world, welcomed a packed room for a screening and panel discussion around its latest film at London's iconic Frontline Club this month. Worth Dying For? explores the aftermath of the murder of Honduras' most well known environmental activist Berta Cáceres, and the extraordinary epidemic of death sweeping land rights campaigners in Honduras. The film is part of larger feature, Politics of Death, released this June.

LGBT Asylum Seekers Film Selected for Dublin Festival

Our short film on the struggles of LGBT asylum seekers in Ireland has been selected to be screened at the GAZE International LGBT Film Festival in Dublin. While Ireland made history as the first country to legalise gay marriage by a popular vote, asylum seekers find their attempts to build new lives in Ireland continually challenged thanks to a system that has been criticised both domestically and internationally. Watch the full feature here.

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