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Petition to U.S. Department of State, John Kerry

Grant Gloria a Visa to Get an Education #LetGloriaLearn

In 2014, my family and I made the decision to leave our home in Indiana and move to Uganda for 7 months as volunteers at one of the country’s many orphanages. There are over 2.5 million orphans in Uganda, and we wanted to do what we could to help. That is where we met Gloria. Alone since the age of 7, she had been living in the orphanage for half her life. Her story is tragic, but not uncommon in her home country. Gloria’s mother was brutally murdered by the Lord’s Resistance Army when she was only 3, and her father passed four years later. When my family and I met her, we were immediately struck by her passion for education, and her deep desire to become a midwife and to help other young women in her home country. But as a young orphan girl in Uganda, her options for schooling were scarce and her chance to see that future was uncertain. That was when we made the decision to help ensure that Gloria could get the education she would need in order to achieve her dreams. The pieces all began to fall into place: Gloria was able to secure acceptance at the International School of Indiana, and I applied to sponsor her F1 student visa. My family and I also agreed to cover any additional costs for her stay and studies in the U.S. Gloria was so excited, and we spoke often of her future and how much she could help her community when she returned with a diploma. But then we learned the devastating news that the U.S. government had denied Gloria’s visa. Shockingly, we were told that her visa was denied because, as an orphan, the government claimed she did not have enough ties in Uganda to ensure her return. This young woman who wants so desperately to learn and use her education to make her country a better place is the best example of what humanity should strive for -- she should not be denied her future simply because she is an orphan. My family, the orphanage where Gloria lives in Uganda, and Gloria herself are all dedicated to following the letter of the law, and Gloria is committed to returning to Uganda when she completes her studies. All we want is to ensure that she has the same opportunity for a high quality education as our own children have, and that she can then use it to create a brighter future for herself and her community. Denying Gloria this opportunity, precisely because she is an orphan, is not what we should stand for as a country. Now more than ever, we need to empower and give girls like Gloria the chance at a better future. Unfortunately, the government has already denied our appeal, again citing Gloria’s lack of family ties. The only path forward would be for the State Department to consider a new visa application, and to accept it this time. The decision to help one girl can impact many more. Now more than ever, we need to make great educations accessible for everyone. Please join us in pushing for the State Department to Let Gloria Learn. #LetGloriaLearn  

Jared Hill
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Petition to USAID, United Nations Environment Program, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, CITES, INTERPOL, International Primatological Society, World Bank, United States Fish & Wildlife Service, WildAid, Freeland, World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, African Wildlife Federation, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, TRAFFIC

End Wildlife Trafficking

Hello, my name is Jane Goodall, and I’m here to ask for your support to end wildlife trafficking. I spend about 300 days every year traveling and talking to people about how we can help animals, but I know the power of social media can connect far more people much more quickly than anyone could do on their own. Please help me end wildlife trafficking. Greed and the desire for increasingly rare “trophies” have resulted in a boom in illegal wildlife trafficking. This is a gruesome trade that is rapidly pushing the earth’s endangered species toward extinction. I’m meeting with some of the top conservation leaders in the world this year, and urgently need your support to tell them you want wildlife trafficking to be a priority for the international community to focus on. My colleagues and I at the Jane Goodall Institute have seen the horrific wounds that wildlife trafficking inflicts on its victims. As a conservation charity that works on the ground in a number of African nations and with incredible global partners, we know the slaughter of such incredible animals is cruel and indefensible. We have also seen the heroism and loss of life of Rangers who defend wildlife against poachers: we cannot let them die in vain. At our Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center, we see apes who have been maimed by lethal snare traps, monkeys suffering from bullet wounds, and infant chimpanzees who have been pried from their mother after she was shot dead by poachers, her body headed for markets where people illegally purchase chimpanzee meat. The chimpanzee infants who come to us are often gravely injured, severely ill and suffering from deep psychological wounds that may never heal. They, however, are the lucky ones. The infants who do not make it to Tchimpounga are often trafficked into the illegal exotic pet or entertainment trades, destined to lead short, lonely lives filled with pain and abuse. This is not a simple issue, but one filled with examples of the intense pressures of poverty, lack of training in enforcement, governmental corruption, and the careless demand for wildlife products by global consumers. The inhumane practice of invading a protected animals’ natural habitat to obtain “parts” based on this complicated global market demand by capturing and/or killing is destroying our world’s most precious species, and it needs to stop. The facts reflect the urgency of this crisis: 35,000 elephants a year are killed for ivory. Poaching of rhinos went up 9,000% from 2007-2014. 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins. A 2014 survey showed there may only be 3,200 wild tigers left in Asia. 3,000 great apes (including chimpanzees) are illegally killed or stolen from the wild each year. And these numbers may be estimates based on population sizes that don’t even exist - as there are fewer and fewer animals left to poach each year. The Jane Goodall Institute has created the Jane’s Traffic Stop campaign, and I want you to be part of it. Our hope is that we will help stamp out wildlife trafficking for good by creating an enormous community of supporters on social media who will continue to hold key decision makers accountable in the fight against this violence. I strongly believe that from majestic elephants to the smallest butterflies, threatened and endangered animals should be celebrated and left to live their lives ... wild and free. But no one person can do it alone. And we need support. This movement needs you! So stand up to wildlife trafficking by signing this petition to show your support, and help me bring this message of hope to groups like the IUCN at the World Conservation Congress, the International Primatological Society at their biannual congress and CITES at the CoP17 meeting in South Africa this year. We must tell the world that wild animals were not put on the earth to be hunted to extinction and sold off in pieces as trinkets and trophies. We also must not support the business of wildlife trafficking, and shop with a greater awareness to avoid buying illegal animal products or support companies that do. Each of us is only one voice in the fight to stop illegal wildlife trafficking, but if all of you as a collective join me and care enough to speak up, our message will be impossible to ignore. I’ll be working closely with our partners to ensure the signatures on this petition add further pressure and momentum in this global movement to save wildlife. Sign this petition now, and join us in Jane’s Traffic Stop as we share additional actions and keep you up to date in the coming weeks and months.Thank you.-Dr. Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall
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