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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 traffi...

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 06.14.2015 | 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 06.05.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 05.29.2015 | 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...

The Average Hipster Employs 27 Slaves Each Day. Here's How To Change That

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact

Updated on May 7, 2015; 12:30 p.m. EST. Hipsters may value social progress, but their coffee habits say otherwise. That's according to the team ...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Committee Decides Child Slavery Is An Issue, After All

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate committee writing up legislation to advance President Barack Obama's trade agenda agreed Wednesday evening that there should ...

Elise Foley

Senators Don't Address Forced Labor Provision In Trade Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new trade bill from Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is notable in part for what it doesn't do: close an exception th...

This Human Rights Group Is A Model For How The U.S. Can End Slave Labor

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact

A small group of workers in Florida began meeting weekly back in 1993 in a room borrowed from a local church to talk about how they could start improv...

Let's Confine Slavery to the History Books

Monique Villa | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Monique Villa

I am convinced that big corporations are the key players in the fight against slavery. Today, if you compare state GDP to net profits, global corporations are bigger and more powerful than many nation states. They certainly have the ability to implement changes in their production chains very quickly if needed.

Human Rights and the Fight Against Trafficking

Juhu Thukral | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Trafficking in persons clearly involves human rights concerns, based on the coercion, threats, or violence victims and survivors face. But the ways we as a community respond to human trafficking also involve very important human rights issues.

Gloria Steinem vs. Prostitution in India

American Anthropological Association | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
American Anthropological Association

The NYT series gives a glimpse of how the anti-trafficking message is being put together, with creative uses of both the age-old idea of Indian women being fundamentally oppressed, as well as a newer idea that there is a feminist movement there positioned to resolve sexism, in part by abolishing prostitution.

Democracy by Militia in Burma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The democratization process in Burma remains very much a work-in-progress, with parliamentary elections slated for next year and the country continuing to adjust to the growing pains associated with opening its economy to the rest of the world.

A Sustainable Approach to Combating Human Trafficking

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

Although today is the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the issue of human trafficking is hardly a novel one; rather, this crime has sadly survived and thrived for thousands of years.

A Day in the Unending Fight Against Modern Slavery

Nick Grono | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Nick Grono

It is a very encouraging sign of the new urgency given to modern slavery that the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons is being marked today.

A Not-So-Subtle Meditation on Sugar

Kristin Wartman | Posted 09.11.2014 | Home
Kristin Wartman

As people streamed out of the Kara Walker installation "A Subtlety" on a recent Sunday afternoon to buy an ice cream cone from one of the trucks idling outside the old Domino Sugar Factory on the Williamsburg waterfront, I wondered how many thought about the jarring contradiction...

Shrimp Supply Tainted With Modern Slavery: Why Global Business Transparency Is Needed

Katie Shay | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Katie Shay

Americans love shrimp. In fact, we love it so much that we eat it more than any other seafood, and almost more than tuna and salmon combined. However, that love comes with a price -- and a steep one at that.