Caroline Nguyen Ticarro
Topics: Human Trafficking / Gender Equity / Poverty Alleviation
Caroline Nguyen Ticarro is a prominent figure in the non-profit sector providing direct humanitarian aid to Vietnam. An inspiring leader who continually supports the voices of the people she serves, Caroline balances guidance with respect, helping communities establish self-governance and a belief in themselves. Caroline has more than 17 years of experience speaking in front of audiences and inspiring all ages to action. She speaks about many topics relating to human trafficking, children’s human rights, community organizing, social work, global development and more. Caroline travels to Vietnam quarterly to oversee the important work of Catalyst Foundation.
Human Trafficking Is Real
The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that over 1.3 million persons have been trafficked into forced labor within Asia, representing over 55% of the world’s trafficking industry. For many years, Vietnam has been known as a “source country” for child trafficking. Catalyst Foundation is currently working in a rural part of Vietnam to build communities to fight human trafficking. Their story, the work they do, and their fight to stop trafficking has been featured on the CNN Freedom Project. Caroline will share the international facts of human trafficking, how it affects daily life, and how those in the audience can be a catalyst to end it.
Working to Empower Across Genders and Cultures
As a woman founding, operating, and managing Catalyst Foundation on her own, Caroline has had to fight to overcome stigmas and stereotypes on both sides of the world. As a daughter, sister, wife, mother and boss, Caroline has had to adapt her method over 16 years. However, her mission has remained constant while always striving to address the imbalances in the benefits available to both males and females. With more than 16 years working in the poorest parts of Vietnam, Caroline will discuss the changes she has seen take place. She will relate several personal stories of triumph and setback. Dealing with the ups and downs of sexism in her home country, Caroline will relate how constantly working to balance the unbalanced rewards not only her, but future generations with hope.
Poverty Alleviation: Sustainable Goals for the Future
In 2001, the United Nations established a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which were a “new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators” expected to use to frame an agenda for political policies over the next 15 years. However, the goals made no mention of human rights and did not specifically address economic development. Working in Vietnam since 1998, Caroline has seen the real impact of the United Nations and the U.S. State Department. The message is pure, but impact is negligible. Breaking down each of the 17 goals, Caroline will explain how everyone has a role in the future and how everyone is responsible of the future development of the world.