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Human Trafficking

Young Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia Paint Grim Realities

Christian Fuchs | Posted 08.14.2016 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

More than 130,000 Eritrean refugees have crossed the border to Ethiopia escape human rights abuses. Eritrean youth flee forced indefinite military conscription as well as torture at the hands of an oppressive government.

Investing to Combat Modern Slavery: What's the Impact?

Nick Grono | Posted 08.12.2016 | Impact
Nick Grono

The mission of the organisation I lead, the Freedom Fund, is to mobilize the capital and knowledge needed to end modern slavery. Measuring our impact is critical to our success, because one of the key ways we attract new investors is by showing evidence of our past performance.

A Conflicted Liberal Explains How Obama Is Making Trade Deals So Hard To Support

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration did no favors for Rep. Earl Blumenauer last month when it decided Maylasia should no longer be considered amon...

How the U.S. Came to Fight Human Trafficking

ADST | Posted 08.12.2016 | World
ADST

The opening words to the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act embodied the United States' growing awareness of modern slavery and announced their intention to combat this evil both at home and abroad.

On When To Call 911

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 08.11.2016 | Impact
Bronwyn Lea

We call 911 when danger is imminent. Sometimes we don't know how dangerous that danger might be. Identifying at-risk teens had never been on my radar as a situation in which I might call 911. It is, however, a situation which I now know 911 does respond to and wants to know about.

Five Travel Tips To Help Stop Human Trafficking

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.10.2016 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

It's not terribly surprising to learn that many trafficking victims have been exploited in a hotel. An NGO recently launched #DoesYourHotelKnow, a new awareness campaign that alerts hotels and travelers on what to do if we think it's happening (key: you don't have to be certain, that's up to the authorities to figure out).

Friday Talking Points -- GOP Debates, Round One

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.07.2016 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Well, that was entertaining, wasn't it? We refer, of course, to the grand spectacle of the first Republican presidential debates, held last night on Fox News. Since this is all anyone's talking about in the political world today, we are going to follow suit and devote most of this column to our reactions.

Senators Demand To See Documents Behind State Department Trafficking Report

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers threatened Thursday to subpoena all State Department documentation pertaining to its 2015 human trafficking report, which gove...

Obama Political Staff Overruled Human Rights Experts On Slavery Report

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top diplomats at the State Department repeatedly overruled human rights experts in the crafting of a recent report on human trafficking,...

Pacific Tuna Fishing Is Out of Control

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 08.03.2016 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

High-seas transshipping is an enabler of both human rights and environmental abuses. Next time you visit a supermarket or a sushi bar, consider using the power of your wallet to tell the tuna industry that there is no place for ocean devastation and human rights abuse on our plates or in our lunchboxes.

Guadalajara in 35mm: A Children's Photography Project

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.28.2016 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

Give someone a camera and they'll give you memories--tangible ones that you can develop and print and keep for as long as the paper keeps. The children of Villas Miravalle, a shelter for sexually abused minors in Guadalajara, Mexico, gave us a set of memories.

Trafficking Rings May Be Supplying Your Fish. Here's How To Avoid That

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact

Human trafficking stories typically center on young girls being sold for sex and domestic workers lured by false promises. But as advocates mark World...

Tackling Child Sex Trafficking in Cambodia

Gary Haugen | Posted 07.30.2016 | Impact
Gary Haugen

Today marks the UN's World Day against Trafficking in Persons. It's a noble day dedicated to a noble cause, to be sure, but what does it really mean to be "against trafficking?" We can talk about how wrong it is to buy and sell young girls and boys to exploit them for their bodies, leaving a trail of deep trauma behind.

The 'Human' in the Drug Trafficking Equation

Ana Davila | Posted 07.29.2016 | Latino Voices
Ana Davila

Ignoring the increasingly intertwined relation between human and drug trafficking is a privilege that the U.S and Mexico can no longer afford, not when this activity promises to rise alarmingly in the following years as drug cartels continue to gain power and impunity in Mexico.

Where Did Your Food Come From? And your Cat's: A Look at Killing on the Seas

Carol Smaldino | Posted 07.28.2016 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

It is so easy to disassociate the process from the products, and the way things are made from their price and availability. Most of us may have a hunch that we might have to stop buying those brands we have come to depend on.

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...

Slavery: Reality vs Symbols

Curtis Ellis | Posted 07.24.2016 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

While elected officials pose as Great Emancipators for purging the Confederate battle flag from TV reruns, slavery thrives in the real world - and these same officials are actually encouraging it.

Combating Human Trafficking in the Hotel Industry

Bradley Myles | Posted 07.22.2016 | Impact
Bradley Myles

If our society is to truly eradicate human trafficking, it is essential that the hotel industry recognize the central role it plays in not only responding to modern slavery, but preventing it in the first place.

Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2016 | Religion
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Speaking truth to power and the publics, the encyclical encouraged a radical reorientation in how we communicate with each other and coexist with the natural world. What a welcome wake-up call.

How a Human Trafficking Victim Shook This Sheltered American Girl to the Core

Rachel Pross | Posted 07.17.2016 | Impact
Rachel Pross

What 13-year-old girl wakes up one day and says she wants to be a prostitute when she grows up? That was the question Timea Eva Nagy posed as she addressed the crowd -- a room full of regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering specialists, me included, just last week.

It's Easy For Traffickers To Exploit Magazine Salespeople. But The Industry Can Change That

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact

Traffickers have become so adept at exploiting their victims in broad daylight that you may have purchased an item from their menu of goods from the c...

Congress Suggests Obama Will Ignore Slavery To Secure Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

A Malaysian Muslim man sits amid coffins in a pit during re-burial of remains found at human-trafficking camps in the country's north, on June 22, 201...

Senators Press Kerry On Slavery About-Face

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of 19 senators led by Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday, urging him not to re...

Zach Carter

Key Democrat Decries 'Political Interference' In Human Rights Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Friday that he would consider calling for an inspector general to investigate if the State Department...

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...