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Obama Announces New Anti-Slavery Initiatives

[from Free the Slaves BLOG by Terry FitzPatrick] President Barack Obama today outlined several steps his administration will take to strengthen the U.S. government’s efforts to battle slavery. The plan follows a simple philosophy, the president said: “Spot it and stop it.” This includes: An executive order issued today that prohibits human trafficking by government contractors and … Continue reading »

University hosts academy!

St. Thomas University hosts human trafficking awareness and training academy! Academy participants will gain insight into various forms of human trafficking, best practices in addressing this crime, modalities of working with survivors, and ways of partnering with the community to develop a cohesive anti-trafficking strategy.  Upon completion of the training, the Academy’s participants will be … Continue reading »

Brooklyn’s chief sex trafficking prosecutor Lauren Hersh resigns

The chief sex trafficking prosecutor in Brooklyn — who recently came under fire for her handling of a now-crumbling rape case — abruptly resigned this week, sources said Thursday. The pioneering sex trafficking unit was established less than two years ago with Hersh, a practicing lawyer since 2003, at the helm. It led to the … Continue reading »

Statement from President Obama

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE MEETING OF THE INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE TO MONITOR AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS Nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, in issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to the enduring cause of freedom.  Then as now, we remain steadfast in our … Continue reading »

Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Crimes Act – recently passed in Illinois

[excerpted from http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=201667] Brenda Myers-Powell was 14 going on 15 when she turned her first trick. It was on a warm night in April in 1973, Good Friday to be exact, when she journeyed from her home on the West Side of Chicago to the Mark Twain hotel downtown. Brenda had noticed prostitutes outside her window … Continue reading »

IJM: Because Children Need A Defender

It was in their own home that Magda* and Christina* were in the greatest danger. The sisters’ stepfather, a police officer, started sexually abusing the girls when Magda was 13 years old and Christina was 11. They were terrified into silence—afraid, even, to tell each other about his assaults. But finally, she could not endure … Continue reading »

Launch of USAID Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy

USAID Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy – Read it here. This new policy will enable USAID to reinvigorate and focus the agency’s efforts to pursue more effective, efficient, and evidence-based approaches in counter-trafficking. This was developed working closely with the US Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Steinberg: “hold us accountable” is … Continue reading »

Be an abolitionist! Let your voice be heard.

If you live in Alabama, please consider taking action! It’s easy and quick and it could mean so much!!! The Polaris Project has made it easy to do something. All it takes is clicking the link below to send a message to your legislator. I just did this and it took less than one minute! … Continue reading »