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IJM Students “Stand 4 Freedom”

Students stand in quad for 27 hours to fight sex trafficking  By Janell Smith | The Daily Tar Heel Despite the stinging rain and cold, students stood in the quad for 27 hours Thursday and Friday to raise money and awareness about slave trafficking. The faith-based human rights agency International Justice Mission held its first ever STAND 4 … Continue reading »

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 »

National sweep targeting human trafficking nets 15 in Atlanta area

[from Atlanta Journal Constitution – April 26, 2012] Fifteen people from the Atlanta area were among more than 600 arrested this month as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on gangs involved in human smuggling and trafficking in 150 cities and in Honduras. Police from Atlanta, Forest Park, Sandy Springs and Cobb County assisted in “Project … 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 »

Human Trafficking Quiz given at school

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 »

Run to Rescue

Run to Rescue 5K Thursday, April 26, 2012 Mississippi State Campus Raising funds for the International Justice Mission