RCSUSA has chosen three areas of focus for programming and monetary donations: Human Trafficking, Health Care, and Education.
Human trafficking is one of the world’s fastest growing criminal industries. It affects every country in the world, and the United States is no exception. According to the Department of State, the United States “is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children—both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals—subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor, including domestic servitude.”(1) In fact, the Department of State has named the U.S. as one of the “top countries of origin of federally identified victims” of human trafficking.(2) RCSUSA will partner with groups across the United States who are working to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
RCSUSA recognizes that many health-related concerns affect people across the globe. Populations are faced with obesity on one end of the spectrum to a crisis of hunger on the other. The rates of cancer and chronic diseases are on the rise. We need innovation to prevent deadly diseases like malaria and education to prevent the spread of AIDS. There is much work to be done to improve health around the world. Each year, RCSUSA will select an organization tackling a health-related issue to partner with and support.
RCSUSA will participate annually in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, which is the world’s oldest international writing competition, established in 1883. With thousands of young people taking part every year, it is an important way to recognize achievement, elevate youth voices, and develop key skills through creative writing. The top four winners are invited to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace. More information about the 2020 Essay Competition can be found here.
In an effort to support and further educational opportunities, RCSUSA will also host a separate essay competition and award scholarships to the winners. More information about this competition will be released in January 2020.
In addition to the essay competitions and scholarships, RCSUSA will also support schools and other educational endeavors as opportunities arise.
12014 Trafficking in Persons Report, https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/countries/2014/226844.htm
22014 Trafficking in Persons Report, https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/countries/2014/226844.htm