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Obama raises the stakes for multinationals to combat human trafficking

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

By Dimitar Georgiev In February 2016, President Obama finally eliminated a loophole in the Tariff Act of 1930 that allowed imports regardless of how ...

Fighting Slavery Should be a Priority For The Next UN Secretary-General

Nick Grono | Posted 06.04.2016 | Impact
Nick Grono

Co-authored by Anna de Courcy Wheeler, senior program officer for legal and business initiatives at the Freedom Fund. Slavery is endemic in our mod...

Asian Development Bank's Money vs. Its Mouth

Jessica Evans | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Jessica Evans

At last week's Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, high level officials highlighted key human rights messages. The Bank...

The Price of Silence

Judy Gearhart | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Judy Gearhart

Urgent action to press the Uzbek government to respect civil society and end forced labor is vital. We call for principled engagement that holds the Uzbek government accountable for its crimes. We call on governments and international organizations to take a firm, public stance against the Uzbek Government's mass use of forced labor and repression of civil society.

Healthcare: Are your staff educated to recognize human trafficking?

Holly Austin Smith | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Holly Austin Smith

When I was 14 years old, I was lured away from home by a man I met at a New Jersey shopping mall. This man told me that I was pretty enough to be a mo...

You Won’t Be Able To Get These Slave-Made Items In The U.S. Anymore

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics

The U.S. has taken a definitive stand against slave labor. President Barack Obama signed a law Wednesday that bars the country from importing a long l...

Murdering American Manufacturing: 'Strictly Business'

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

In the week before Valentine's Day, United Technologies expressed its love for its devoted Indiana employees, workers whose labor had kept the corporation profitable, by informing 2,100 of them at two facilities that it was shipping their factories, their jobs, their communities' resources to Mexico.

The World Bank's Role in Uzbek Slavery Lights Up Washington D.C.

Joanna Ewart-James | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Joanna Ewart-James

On International Human Rights Day, Walk Free and International Labor Rights Forum, both members of the Cotton Campaign coalition, projected striking images of Uzbekistan forced labour onto the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington D.C.

'No Really... What Are You?'

The Establishment | Posted 11.12.2015 | Women
The Establishment

I can almost feel my mother's heart break when I'm asked about my family history. I'm proud of my Filipino heritage, and proud to be an American, but when I think of the cost and loss my mother suffered, my pride is twinged with betrayal.

The TPP: Another Deadly Trade Deal

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

For decades, the regulations for international commerce, for so-called free trade, have lined the pockets of the already wealthy and emptied those of workers thrown out of their jobs.

Treaty Calls On 50 Countries To End Slavery Among Millions

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact

LONDON, Oct 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ratifying a treaty to end forced labour will free millions of people trapped in modern slavery, the Inte...

Tim Gunn Talks Supply Chain Transparency in Fashion

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

There is increased awareness in the fashion industry when it comes to the need for transparency, Gunn says, but he isn't confident that this has translated into action.

Brazil To Use Drones To Investigate Rural Companies Suspected Of Slave Labor

Thomson Reuters Foundation | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Brazilian government plans to use drones to strengthen its fight against slave labour in ru...

Obama Shrugs Off Global Slavery To Protect Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration outraged human rights advocates on Monday by removing Malaysia from its list of the world's worst human traffic...

Zach Carter

Obama To Upgrade Malaysia On Human Rights Despite Mass Graves

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will remove Malaysia from its official list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders, according to Reut...

Conversation With My Daughter About Human Trafficking

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 06.14.2016 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

As we take turns pushing her one-year-old brother in his stroller, my daughter asks me why people don't just stay away from bad people, then they won't be trafficked. I tell her that usually the story starts out with hope.

Our TPP Negotiators are Determined to Win the Race to the Bottom

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

If the administration and House members shrug off Malaysia's poor human rights record, they are sending a message to the rest of the Malaysian economy and any other country that competes against Malaysia in the global economy: The U.S. will not enforce global rules on human trafficking.

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Agenda Rewards U.S. Companies That Profit From Slavery

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's effort to include Malaysia in a major pending trade pact has baffled human rights advocates, who see it as a re...

TPP Reduces Human Trafficking and Child Labor to Misdemeanors

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

Last week, President Obama's credibility on trade policy took another punch in the neck. For months, arguments in favor of the huge new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership have fallen flat with the public. His "hit parade of failed arguments" gives the deal an air of desperation.

Jason Linkins

Why FIFA Can't Get Away With Flopping In Its Latest Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics

So that happened. On this week's podcast, we discuss how and why FIFA officials were arrested on an array of corruption charges, how crowded the 2016 ...

My Family's Multiethnic Makeup Changed the Way I Shop

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 05.29.2016 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

Living in multiple worlds, none that I entirely fit, isn't a deficit. Instead, I feel it has allowed me to see outside the box. I am no one thing and therefore no one culture or experience defines me.

Zach Carter

Warren Pushes White House To Keep Slavery Ban In Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

BOSTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday decried efforts by the Obama administration to undermine an anti-slavery measure that the Senate...

Ryan Grim

How The White House And Paul Ryan Are Making Sure Forced Labor Remains Part Of Their Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives will quickly get down to unfinished business once it returns from the holiday recess: defending trading par...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Here's The Senator Who United Democrats To Block Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been the public face of the Democratic Party's feud with President Barack Obama over his trade agend...

Zach Carter

Why Obama Wants To Torpedo A Plan To Fight Human Trafficking

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The biggest threat to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda may be a plan to fight human trafficking, which threatens to reshuffle a m...