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Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Cultural Care Au Pair

Solidarity petition for new family search (rematch)

Au Pairs support each other !   Hello everyone, I am Quentin Ona Morel, an au pair in California for 3 months. I left my host family on the decision of Cultural Care in Boston. I did not have a choice, they decided for me. Let me explain my problem. What is supposed to do Cultural Care in the context of a problem with their au pair? Throw him in the first plane or help him find a new family quickly? The answer seems obvious. But it seems that the agency wants to avoid the slightest problem and thus send us back to our country to flee its responsibilities. Every au pair has his motives and made sacrifices to work as an au pair: it can be leaving a job in his country, leaving his family or friends, taking a break from his life, etc. In my case, Cultural Care in Boston doesn't allow me to rematch because they think there is a risk ... But what risk are we talking about and why? What real reason do they invoke? Perhaps you will find this reason ridiculous but their only excuse is: "you can't go in rematch because you said a few bad words to your kid and you were violent with him". Where is the neutrality we hear about every day? The family is dirtying my name by telling stories and I should go home for simple lies. Do you really believe that au pairs are there to mistreat their host kids? When your kid is disrespectful, he insults you all day long, hites you, bites you, spits on you, says bad words that he is not supposed to say or know at age 7 years old. In addition he comes back from the toilet with his paper full of poo to show you and wipe on you. Do you believe it's respectful? So defending yourself by trying to control your kid, without hitting him and being in restraint, is considered like violence. Au pairs are not robots or toys that we decide to throw whenever we want. If parents are not doing anything to change the intolerable behavior of their child, do you think it's appropriate to continue being patient and respectful with your kid? In addition, when your kid has other troubles, like private troubles, I think it is unsuitable for any au pair to be integrated into this kind of family. Of course you will understand where I am coming from. Why does a 7-years-old kid already have this kind of trouble at this age??? Would not you be worried about discovering problems you did not expect? How to handle this embarrassing situation? I know this aspect of the problem is very delicate, but the simple fact of controlling more seriously and more regularly the families would avoid us this kind of situation. Indeed, it undermines the psychological well-being of your au pairs. So that's my question: do you think Cultural Care is right to refuse me the rematch? From an objective point of view, we all know the answer. If you agree that Cultural Care gives me the rematch, thank you for your support. You can already sign this petition. Indicate your full name, your agency if you are an au pair or your job, as well as your country. We must prove to Cultural Care that we stand together and that we will not let our feet go so easily. Objective : the most signatures possible. Thank you for your support !  

489 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to United States Senate

Petition for the US Senate to investigate suspicions of an intellectual property crime

French entrepreneur asks US Senate to investigate a YCombinator startup - – on suspicions of trade secret theft On Thursday February 22nd 2018, Sylvain Courcoux, a French internet entrepreneur wrote as a last resort to every US Senator and to the Governor of California to ask for an investigation on, a Silicon Valley startup that launched out of YCombinator, on suspicions of trade secret theft. His objective: determine how come is operating a CRM software with almost the same intellectual property as GoyaTelemarketing, a software prototype developed over a year prior to launching, and submitted under non-disclosure agreement to Startup Chile. For the full letter: A software prototype for a telephone sales software submitted to the Startup Chile incubator After a 12-year career in Silicon Valley, in financial sales and with his first startup in 2007, Krilix, Sylvain Courcoux leaves California at the end of 2010, teaches himself software programming, codes for a year and submits a prototype for a telephone sales software, GoyaTelemarketing, to Startup Chile. To launch the Startup Chile incubator, the Chilean government calls on startup experts from Silicon Valley. Sylvain Courcoux submits an online application in October 2011, under non-disclosure, to the incubator through the website YouNoodle. It’s a company headquartered in San Francisco: entrepreneurs submit their intellectual property and incubators throughout the world use this platform to evaluate startups. To help the Startup Chile incubator, YouNoodle relies on Silicon Valley judges who review startup applications. The notarized application of GoyaTelemarketing is available online at   In December 2011, he learns that he’s not selected. Discovery of, a YCombinator startup, and its similarities with GoyaTelemarketing He goes back to Europe, reapplies to Startup Chile in April 2012 without success and continues coding his software. On November 29th 2012, he discovers, a startup in beta launching from YCombinator. This is the flagship incubator of Silicon Valley, a global reference in tech entrepreneurship, with a portfolio of startups estimated at 80 billion dollars. The innovation of Sylvain Courcoux was in creating a CRM that worked a sales communication tool, whereas existing CRMs were focused on data management. With GoyaTelemarketing, salespeople could make phone calls in one click, without manually dialing phone numbers, and send emails using email templates. Since sales communications occurred within the same user interface, the software automatically logged the entire sales history without the user doing any manual data-entry. And since the software had all the sales history, it then enabled salespeople to optimize their follow-up. For instance, the software makes it possible to find in just a few clicks all the leads with which you’ve had a conversation that lasted more than 10 minutes, over 3 months ago, and who were willing to receive an email. This type of search engine didn’t exist and it’s what enables salespeople to find interesting leads and thus to recycle the work already done into new sales opportunities.  Sylvain Courcoux used his 7 years of sales experience to develop the phone for salespeople. As the videos below show, even if the color palette and the layout are different, seems to implement the key functionalities of GoyaTelemarketing: almost identical intellectual property. Video overview of GoyaTelemarketing: Video overview of Video interview of the founder: Video interview of the founder: Additional videos: Contacts with over 80 lawyers in the US At the end of 2014, while still coding his software, he realizes that in addition to a civil tort, misappropriating protected intellectual property also has criminal implications. At the beginning of 2015, he contacts an intellectual property attorney who refers him to another lawyer. But in the US, filing an intellectual property lawsuit costs 200-300K. In the summer of 2015, he decides to blow the whistle on the dispute and ask for a cease-and-desist without any compensation. He prepares a blog post and an hour-long video to show the similarities between the two software and marketing messages. He then contacts about 50 lawyers in the US, some of whom see the blog post and the video. However, a more traditional approach seems preferable and so he contacts to seek a settlement prior to the expiration of California civil statutes of limitations. No reply. In July 2016, he takes part in a startup competition in Stuttgart: 10 entrepreneurs competing for 3 spots in front of a panel of 5 German startup experts. He pitches his startup, now called goyaPhone which became the evolution of GoyaTelemarketing. He’s not selected and asks what he can do to improve his pitch: “nothing, you had the best pitch but your software looks too much like” At this point, he decides to file a complaint with the FBI. He contacts about 20 lawyers to assist in the filing of the complaint: 10K upfront… which he doesn’t have. However, the last attorney he speaks to, a former US attorney, asks him a simple question: “apart from the similarity of the two software and a timeline that matches within days, do you have a second track of evidence?” Yes: Sylvain Courcoux remembers that in 2013, the founder did several videos on the origin of his software, which have been deleted from his YouTube channel: not a single video left about the origins of from 2012-2014. And on the few interviews of him on other channels, the founder seems somewhat deceptive. Not a formal proof, but a second track of evidence that supports his suspicions. Sylvain Courcoux continues coding, incorporates his company, but thinks he misses the November 2016 5-year federal statutes of limitation deadline. However, under California law, statues of limitations run 5 years after discovery, not commission, and it seems that for frauds, the statues actually start running when the victim files and the Attorney General discovers the issue. And, quoting from "Prosecuting Intellectual Property Crimes" from the US DOJ 4th edition, page 174, "Because §§ 1831 and 1832 do not contain a specific statute of limitations, the general five-year statute of limitations for non-capital offenses applies. See 18 U.S.C. § 3282. In one recent prosecution for economic espionage (United States v. Chung), however, the court held misappropriation that occurred before the five-year statute of limitation does not defeat a trade secret prosecution because possession of trade secrets is a continuing offense."  11 criminal complaints He finally files a criminal complaint with the California Attorney General in April 2017, but he’s referred back a civil litigation, even though he explained he couldn't afford it. He files again in May: no reply. He files a complaint in France in June. He files a complaint with the Santa Clara District Attorney in June and in July: nothing. In September 2017, he files a complaint with six US jurisdictions, including a federal complaint, because federal statutes of limitations for financial violations run for 10 years. If trade secret theft occurred, it would mean that the founders of also committed a 25 million dollar financial fraud by raising capital from prominent Silicon Valley investors. The 13-page complaint is sent to multiple law enforcement agencies but to this day, no reply. Letter to the US Senate to ask for an investigation On February 22nd, he asks every US senator to launch an investigation. The full-length letter is available at . The goal is to determine how come, a startup that launched out of YCombinator, is operating with essentially the same intellectual property that Sylvain Courcoux developed and submitted under non-disclosure agreement to YouNoodle, for the benefit of the government of Chile. If the suspicions came to be proven, it could also be that YouNoodle receives on its platform the intellectual property of entrepreneurs and incubators from around the world and that some nuggets are recycled into YCombinator pivots. goyaPhone launches in April 2017, without any equity funding To launch his CRM, the goyaPhone Sylvain Courcoux coded the entire application as a single-founder, by necessity: 7 years of work, the equivalent of a book of 10 thousand pages of C# and Javascript code. On StackOverflow, among 8 million programmers, he’s in the top 2% worldwide. To launch his company, his software was appraised at 500K € and he sought seed funding from over 50 business angels in Alsace, several public grants, three incubators in Paris and one in Strasbourg : not a penny raised in France. In the end, he manages to secure a small bank loan while in the US prominent startup investors funded an almost identical intellectual property with 25 million dollars. The full letter is 14-pages long, this is the last paragraph John Kennedy said that "The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened" because an injustice invites more injustice. Someone deprived of their intellectual property is ultimately deprived of their career. Intellectual property crimes don’t directly affect everyone but if your son, daughter, brother, great-grandson or neighbor had their trade secret and their career stolen, you wouldn’t think it’s fair. If someone cheats on their resume, what happens? Luke Wroblewski, a prominent technologist, once tweeted: "the hard part of building new products: you see it (in your head) before anyone else can". Hypothetically, if a startup incubator and startup founders were to cheat by stealing trade secrets that represented a lifetime of work, should the pretenders be praised for having succeeded at cheating by potentially having committed white-collar crimes? We’re at the beginning of the technology age and if my suspicions come to be proven, the dogma that no one steals startup ideas will be forever resolved. I think the only way for this dogma to be resolved is for something like I’m claiming to happen to someone like me because otherwise, such dispute would have probably been settled in confidence, and no one would have heard of it. If some think of turning a blind eye to what could be the biggest intellectual property crime in Silicon Valley, then I think the soul of the US justice system is in peril. The biggest injustices are always committed by people in power, and under cover of the law. The Holocaust: law enforcement carrying out lawful orders, but it was not fair, it was an injustice that was fought against and resolved. Sometimes, you have to hope on the goodwill of strangers across the world and so now, my last hope is that the lawmakers of the United States of America will see through the fog and launch an investigation and find out what happened with my intellectual property at YouNoodle, and how come it’s so similar to that of It could be that an investigation will uncover a possible connection between my Startup Chile application and the pivots of the founder, and, if proven, it could be just an isolated incident, or it could also be that YouNoodle receives the intellectual property of startup incubators and entrepreneurs from around the world, and then recycles the nuggets into YCombinator startups. My suspicions are based on facts and there aren’t two sides to the truth, there’s just the truth. This is not a gun crime, this is not a sex crime, this is not a drug crime; this is about a plausible intellectual property cybercrime. I remember that the first words of English I learned were the Pledge of Allegiance, and it ends with "Liberty and Justice for all".    For the full letter with confirmation notices:  

49 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Jean-Yves Le Drian, Emmanuel Macron, Marlène Schiappa


À M. Emmanuel Macron, Président de la République française, À M. Jean-Yves le Drian, Ministre de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères, À Mme Marlène Schiappa, Secrétaire d’État chargée de l'Égalité entre les femmes et les hommes, Il y a plus de sept ans, le 25 mars 2010, Florence Denèfle, ma soeur, qui était fonctionnaire de l'Etat français, était assassinée et abandonnée au bord d'une route, à 25 km de Guatemala Ciudad. Elle enseignait au Lycée français Jules-Verne de Guatemala City depuis 3 ans. Elle était âgée de 33 ans. Depuis plus de sept ans, son assassin, qui a été formellement identifié, jouit d'une impunité totale. Nous, membres de la famille de la victime, nous ses amis, ses anciens élèves, ses collègues, nous citoyens français ou étrangers, exigeons que les recherches reprennent et que justice soit rendue. Pour ce faire, nous demandons au gouvernement français qu'il intervienne fermement auprès des autorités guatémaltèques pour que l'assassin soit arrêté et jugé. Nous demandons au gouvernement français de réagir face à la mort d'un des agents de la fonction publique, de montrer son implication dans la protection des français de l'étranger, en imposant aux autorités guatémaltèques de faire respecter la loi sur leur sol. Nous croyons que chaque vie humaine compte et ne voulons pas d'un monde où un meurtre puisse rester impuni. IL EST TEMPS D'AGIR, pour Florence, pour la justice. La pétition sera remise aux décisionnaires avec une lettre, ainsi qu'un dossier de presse. Rejoignez-nous sur Facebook : Pour contacter les auteurs de la pétition : Les auteurs,Les signataires.                         * * * ENGLISH VERSION To Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, To Jean-Yves le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, To Ms Marlène Schiappa, Secretary for Equality between Women and Men, More than seven years ago, on 25 March 2010, Florence Denèfle, a French national and civil servant of the French State, was murdered and abandoned on a roadside, 25 km from her home in Guatemala City where she had been teaching English at the French Jules-Verne high school for 3 years. At the time of her death, she was 33 years old. For more than seven years, her murderer, who has been formally identified, has enjoyed total impunity. Today he is no longer wanted by the police. We demand that the investigation begin again. We, members of the victim's family, friends, alumni, colleagues, French and foreign citizens, now demand that justice be done at last. To this end, we call on the French government to intervene firmly with the Guatemalan authorities so that the murderer be arrested, and for a trial to be held.We ask the French government to answer for the death of a French civil servant, and to show its involvement in the protection of French citizens abroad.We want the French government to demand that the Guatemalan authorities enforce law on their soil. We believe that every human life counts and do not want to live in a world where murder goes unpunished. IT IS TIME TO ACT, for Florence, for justice, for all of us. The petition will be delivered to the French authorites with a letter, as well as a press kit. For further information :                 * * * VERSIÒN EN ESPAÑOL A Jean-Yves Le Drian, ministro de Asuntos ExterioresA Marlene Schiappa, secretaria de Estado para la igualdad de género A Emmanuel Macron, presidente de la República francesa Hace 7 años, el 25 de marzo 2010, Florence Denefle, funcionaria del Estado Francés fue asesinada y arrojada al borde de una carretera a 25 km de Ciudad Guatemala donde daba clases en el liceo francés Jules-Verne. Tenía 33 años.Después de 7 años de este suceso, el asesino todavía sigue impune a pesar de haber sido expresamente identificado. Actualmente su asesino ya no es buscado por la policía. Exigimos que la investigación comience de nuevo. Nosotros, miembros de su familia, amigos, exalumnos, ciudadanos franceses y extranjeros exigimos que se haga justicia.Mediante ese manifiesto,pedimos al gobierno francés que intervenga con firmeza ante las autoridades guatemaltecas para que el asesino sea arrestado y procesado judicialmente. Exigimos al gobierno francés que actúe ante este cruel asesinato de uno de sus funcionarios y demuestre su protección y apoyo a los ciuadanos franceses residentes en el extranjero. Pedimos que se exija a las autoridades guatemaltecas el respeto de las leyes de su territorio.Creemos que cada vida humana cuenta y nos negamos a vivir en un mundo en el que el crimen pueda quedar impune. Es el momento de actuar en favor de Florence, de la justicia y de la humanidad.La solicitud será transmitida a la persona encargada así que a un gabinete de prensa.Más información: Para contactar los autores de esta solicitud :  #féminicide #reconnaissonsleféminicide

126,008 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Petro Porochenko, Pavlo Petrenko

Ukraine : Let's help victims of war to restore justice

In three years, the war in Ukraine has resulted in close to 10,000 deaths and more than 23, 000 wounded. Thousands of civilians are being taken and jailed, tortured and put under pressure to silence them. Another number remains in the shadows: victims of sexual violence. All this happens in the middle of Europe. Right now! Today it is very difficult to investigate, to gather evidences and to bring to justice those responsible for these crimes. In addition to it Ukrainian laws do not allow us to condemn them properly. To fight against impunity, we have to change ukrainian laws by putting them in compliance with the international human rights standards. With your signatures and you supports, let’s change this!Who we are ?My name is Oleksandra, I am a human rights defender from “Center of Civil Liberties”. It has been 3 years now I am documenting war crimes and crimes against humanity in the international armed conflict in Ukraine. I am Marion and with Inna we are part of the team ZERO IMPUNITY, an international movement who fight against impunity of sexual violences. Together we are asking you to sign the petition to support the law Oleksandra and her colleagues have built. It’s about filling a big gap by putting the Ukrainian laws in compliance with the international human rights standards so that no victim is forgotten. All together let’s pressure on the Ukrainian government and parliament to pass this law!Why is it so important?In march 2014, Russia annexed Crimea and has carried out in eastern ukraine for almost 3 years an hybrid war. Russia supported armed groups in Donbas which began to terrorize the civilian population and quickly gained control over the region. Many people are illegally deprived of liberty and kept in inhumane conditions. Journalists,  civil activists,  lawyers, scientists and volunteers. Even pregnant women. After being released they talk about beatings and tortures.The first victim kidnapped and tortured to death was Volodymyr Rybak, who tried to return the Ukrainian flag to the office building. Thereafter, according to human rights organisations, the unofficial jails in Donbas have seen tens of thousands of people. This practice continues. Thousands of civilians are being taken and jailed, tortured and put under pressure to silence them. But another number remains in the shadows: victims of sexual violence. Though the issue has been shrouded in silence, sexual humiliation, rape and genital mutilation have slowly become common practice in secret detention centers (link to the ZERO IMPUNITY report).Today it is very difficult to investigate, to gather evidences and to bring to justice those responsible for these crimes.  In addition to it Ukrainian laws do not allow us to condemn them properly. Let’s change this. Let’s put the Ukrainian laws in compliance with international humanitarian law and fight against international crimes!You can help us to fight against impunityUkraine must punish properly the abuses committed on its soil, even in such difficult conditions when parts of its territory are under effective control of the Russian Federation. It is crucial that Ukraine investigates crimes and brings to justice the perpetrators who commit crimes on the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government. But in its domestic law Ukraine has significantly limited the opportunities of the investigation and to bring the perpetrators of international crimes to justice. How is it possible the national Criminal Law still does not provide adequate legal instruments for this task? And why doesn’t the Criminal Code even includes the concept of crimes against humanity and articles on war crimes are very general and hard to apply? This is a direct path to impunity. And it’s irresponsible to the people who survived and to their pain.Together with the Human Right Agenda in Ukraine we have written a draft of law to bring the Criminal Code of Ukraine in line with international humanitarian law, to provide simple tools to prosecute grave crimes against human rights in an efficient way.It’s been presented to the Administration of President, the Ministry of Justice and the different departments of the Ukrainian governmental agencies. Now these agencies shall tell us if they would consider bringing it to the Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament for it to be voted.Your signatures and your support will show a national and an international interest for the question, which will make Ukrainian authorities take our draft law seriously and to offer the victims and to our country a path to justice.

Marion, Nicolas et Stéphane (ZERO IMPUNITY)
37,787 supporters