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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking: Are We Effectively Reaching Victims?

Holly Austin Smith | Posted 03.27.2015 | Impact
Holly Austin Smith

Many states are passing laws that require posting of the NHTRC hotline in various locations (e.g. strip clubs and public restrooms) with the intention of reaching victims. However, I worry that some of these efforts are ineffective.

I Was Attacked On Easter Sunday

Lori Sokol | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

This was just one of the countless stories read by women, about women, who would not be alive if not for the support of Donor Direct Action (DDA), an organization which has been providing decades-long support for women.

This Father And Daughter Have Helped Hundreds Of Sex Trade Survivors Find Jobs

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact

Ray Umashankar has given up quite a lot to make the world a better place for Indian girls and women, but the 73-year-old wouldn't have it any other wa...

Trafficking Victims Need More Than Legal Reform

Rory Lancman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Rory Lancman

We're missing something. While we reconfigure the legal paradigm to recognize the inherent humanity of trafficked women, we have failed to provide them with the services their humanity requires.

The Freedom to Hope and Dream: A Survivor's Journey from Brothel to Assistant Creative Director

To The Market | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
To The Market

The Parable of the Starfish goes like this: an old man walking on a beach sees a young boy throwing starfish back into the water one by one.

'Pretty Woman' and the Ugly Truth About Prostitution

Marian Hatcher | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Marian Hatcher

Prostitution as portrayed in Pretty Woman is just about as far as you can get from the truth. Prostitution is ugly. Most of it is sex trafficking. It's intriguing to read that the movie's script originally was written as a dark, cautionary tale. That, from my perspective as a survivor, gets at the sad reality.

Dianne Feinstein Womansplains Why Democrats Aren't Backing Off Fight Over Anti-Abortion Proposal

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) went head to head with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) Wednesday on the Senate floor, explaining exactly why nearly every ...

The Human Face of Human Trafficking

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Human faces get lost in congressional rancor. Senators accuse one another of subterfuge and betrayal. Republicans accuse Democrats of one thing, Democrats accuse Republicans of another.

Senate Dem Office Concedes Aide Knew Of Abortion Provision

AP | DAVID ESPO & ERICA WERNER | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate moved toward a fresh vote on stalled human trafficking legislation on Wednesday as a Democratic senator's office belatedl...

Amanda Terkel

Lone House Democratic Co-Sponsor Of Trafficking Bill Jumps Ship Over Anti-Abortion Provision | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans just lost the one Democratic co-sponsor they had on a bill aimed at curbing human trafficking. Rep. Carolyn Malone...

End Modern Slavery (Everywhere But Here)

Robert J. Benz | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Benz

In the U.S., we need funding to educate young people to prevent them from becoming victims of human trafficking. We need funding to train members of our communities to recognize and respond to incidents of human trafficking. We need funding for health and social services to support the victims of human trafficking.

One Way Forward in Ending Modern Slavery: Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies

Jenny Eaton Dyer | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Jenny Eaton Dyer

We are at an opportune moment to look at the broad range of issues we must address in order to achieve the Committee's goal. Among them are the health needs of women and children worldwide.

Congress: Please Remove Controversial Pieces From Human Trafficking Legislation

Holly Austin Smith | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Holly Austin Smith

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) has recently stalled due to a provision which expands the Hyde Amendment -- a rider that restricts federal funding for abortion and other health care services.

Jennifer Bendery

Traffick Jam: Democrats Filibuster Human Trafficking Bill Over Anti-Abortion Provision | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats filibustered anti-human trafficking legislation on Tuesday because of an anti-abortion provision Republicans slipped in...

No End in Sight to GOP Hostage Taking

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Instead of using Loretta Lynch's nomination as a bargaining chip, Republicans should stop playing politics and confirm her as the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States. There is no valid reason whatsoever to wait another day to bring up her nomination.

We Can Eradicate Modern Slavery. Here's How

Nick Grono | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Nick Grono

As we scale up our efforts, the Freedom Fund and its partners on the ground will transform the lives hundreds of thousands more in the coming years. And collectively we can change millions of lives for the better. That's our ambition and our responsibility.

Seriously? Republicans Target Birthright Citizenship Again?

Randy Borntrager | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Randy Borntrager

Not only have Republicans blocked comprehensive immigration reform when it had a real chance of passing, they're now trying yet again to bring up unconstitutional bills to drive their point home.

‘I Speak Their Language': Sex Trafficking Survivor Uses Experience To Help Victims Escape The Life

Associated Press | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — When she first arrived in town, Windie Lazenko headed to the neon-lit strip clubs and bars catering to lonely oil field worke...

To Human Traffickers, Runaway & Homeless Youth Are Walking Prey

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

It is hard to think of a more despicable crime than the buying and selling of other human beings, especially children. Yet we know that it is happening right here in America, every day. Each year, thousands of children are bought and sold for sex. That should keep all of us awake at night.

A New Slavery, 150 Years Later

Gen. Charles C. Krulak | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact
Gen. Charles C. Krulak

It is labeled as human trafficking, but make no mistake -- it is slavery, and worldwide more than 20 million people are its victims.

Dear John: A New Strategy to Address the Sex Trade

Tom Dart | Posted 02.20.2015 | Crime
Tom Dart

Trafficking and prostitution will always exist in some form, even the most ardent abolitionist would not suggest otherwise. But we can't simply stand by and allow traffickers to continue profiting from within the darker recesses of the internet.

Let's Overcome Our Blind Spots When It Come to Child Trafficking

Ariel Zwang | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

We may think of victims being moved across international borders and forced into abusive work conditions. What is less recognized is the other face of trafficking as it plays out right here at home. Whether we recognize it or not, children are being exploited in our own communities across the United States.

Croatia: 'Criminal Enterprise HDZ' Takes Over Presidency -- Organized Crime and the Rise of Nationalism

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Strong rule of law nations must urgently address transnational organized crime in the Balkan region's mafia states including Croatia, and, help establish the rule of law and independent judiciary.

Harvard Law Professor Blames Victim in Child Trafficking Case

Anna Joseph | Posted 02.13.2015 | Media
Anna Joseph

Co-authored by Kerry Richards, J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School Alan Dershowitz--famed defense attorney and former professor at Harvard Law Sch...

Documentary Tells Story Of Trafficking Victims Forced To Bring Home "$40, No Less" And Who's Helping Them

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact

Nashville may be known for its country music, but another scene is alive and well in the Tennessee capital: Sex trafficking. In a clip from "A Pat...