Author: Youth for Human Rights

You are cordially invited as our guest to celebrate the 67th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In Honor of THE RIGHT TO DEMOCRACY Hear Distinguished Human Rights Guest Speakers

Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Pastor Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso
Mr. Guillermo Toledo
Mr. Daniel Alvarez

Thursday, December 10th 2015 • Lunch & Event, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Ybor Square, Current Home of the Church of Scientology Tampa • 1300 E. 8th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

Please RSVP by 1 December 2015 to Paola Martinez: 727-272-3982 • Email

Parking: Palm Ave. Garage • 2010 N. 13th Street (Across from Ybor Square)
A Human Rights Walk, in tribute of Human Rights Day, will commence after the lunch event.

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In celebration of National Freedom Day, The Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Youth for Human Rights Florida are hosting a special benefit dinner and show on Saturday, 31 January 2015.

Venue is The Fort Harrison Auditorium at 210 S. Fort Harrison Ave, in Clearwater, Florida. Doors open at 6:30PM. Semi formal attire. Complimentary Valet parking will be available.

Admission is $40 per person. Donations for tickets can be made using the Donate button on this page.

All proceeds benefit the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Youth for Human Rights Florida.

United for Human Rights and Youth for Human Rights Florida are hosting A Walk for Human Rights on Human Rights Day, Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 2:00 to 3:00pm.

Walk begins at the front entrance of the Church of Scientology, 1300 E. 8th Avenue and ends at the historic Jose Marti Park with a closing speech.

Make your voice heard on this important occasion. For more information, Email us.

Tampa Mayor Proclaims “Stop Forced Child Labor Awareness Day” for Colors of the World Fashion Show for Human Rights

Youth for Human Rights of Florida and the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking together sponsored the "Colors of the World" fair trade fashion show for human rights on Saturday, 9 June 2012, from 1–4pm in Tampa.  The event commemorates World Day Against Child Labor to raise awareness of ongoing violations of human rights of girls and boys around the world through enforced slave labor.

Marking the event, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn proclaimed the day “Stop Forced Child Labor Awareness Day.”  In his official proclamation, Mayor Buckhorn noted, “Worldwide, 215 million children are engaged in forced labor,” and commended the organizations sponsoring the “Colors of the World” fashion show, which he said, “will provide a spotlight on the right of all children to be protected from child labor and from other violations of fundamental human rights.”

Human Trafficking affects over 25 million people throughout the world; it is one of the most horrible hidden crimes of our era.  The most vulnerable victims are the children who are forced into labor thereby depriving them of adequate education, health and basic freedoms. Forced child labor not only entails hazardous environments and slave labor, but drug trafficking and prostitution as well. In the United States, the state of Florida is recognized as a hub for human trafficking.

The fashion show was held in the remodeled Ybor Square complex at 1300 East 8th Ave in Tampa. All proceeds from admission cost went to benefit the non-profit organizations which sponsored the event: Youth for Human Rights of Florida and Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

At the show 23 professional male and female models ranging from age 5 to 30 volunteered their time. Each wore clothes which are guaranteed to have been produced with fair labor, where workers are fairly compensated and treated and where no forced child labor occurs.

Seven different clothes designers and producers contributed clothing and accessories for the show – ranging from hats, boots and sandals from Peru and Ecuador to dresses, shirts and bags imported from Bali and Nepal.  They were:  Green Heart Shop (Chicago, Ill), Indigenous Designs (California), Urban Inca Shoes (Sarasota, FL), Green Veranda (Miami, FL), QRubini (St. Petersburg, FL), Avatar Imports (California) and Novica, in association with National Geographic.

A highlight of the event was a performance by singer/songwriter and human rights advocate Hanna-Li.  She has traveled the world, performing across the US, the Caribbean, UK, South America and Africa. Hana-Li has sung with Isaac Hayes, Doug E. Fresh, Alberto Plaza, David Pomeranz, Angelo Pagan, David Campbell, Chick Corea, Mark Isham and James Barbour. Hanna-Li has a powerful message and a remarkable musical talent.

Professional Photo Galleries of this event are provided by Brad Kugler and Simaen Skolfield.

Read more about the fashion show in Vertical Tampa Bay magazine.

Since 2004, the non-profit Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking has been educating, advocating and working with law enforcement to end human trafficking in the State of Florida. For more information, please go to

Educator Mary Shuttleworth founded the non-profit Youth for Human Rights in 2001. The purpose of the group is to popularize the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which includes the right to not be enslaved or tortured. To find out more, please go to

Colors of the World Fashion Show for Human Rights

Youth for Human Rights Florida & Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking present the second annual Colors of the World Fashion Show.Colors of the World Fashion Show

The show will feature ethical, fair trade and eco fashion. Menswear, womenswear, kidswear, bags, accessories and more!

The show will be presented Saturday, 9 June 2012 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Ybor Square, 1300 East 8th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605. Map

Tickets are $30 per person. To get your tickets call 727-272-3982. Email

All proceeds benefit the fight against human trafficking. Wear the difference, be the change.


More than 100 people gathered Saturday, 19 July 2011 at Ybor Square for the first annual Colors of the World Fashion Show. Models ranging in age from 3 to 35 showcased fashions that were eco friendly and made using fair trade practices.

“Many people think it is just fair wages for goods created,” said MC Joanie Sigal, “but it means a lot more than that. The Fair Trade movement promotes standards for fair labor standards, environmentalism, social policy, fair pricing, and community development.”

In addition to the attendees, support also came from Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who proclaimed the day “Youth for Human Rights Florida and Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Stop Human Trafficking Awareness Day.”

During the show, the models carried signs that gave statistics about human trafficking while a running video projected additional information about fair trade and how it benefits families and children throughout the

As an example, when suppliers use fair trade standards – giving workers a living wage as well as providing a safe work environment and no forced child labor – the workers are able to feed and shelter their families, get health care and ensure that their children go to school.

Two singer/songwriters – John Gold and Jessy Leros provided musical entertainment at the beginning of the show.


Three different groups showcased their fashion and accessories at the event: The dresses were from Nancy’s Gone Green, clever handbags made out of recycled soda can pull tabs and soccer balls made without forced child labor from the Green Heart Shop and handbags and belts from Green Veranda. Fair trade polo shirts, produced by Tompkins Point Apparel were modeled by male models.


Youth for Human Rights of Florida was very encouraged by the turn out and success of the event, and plan to have more events in the future.