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Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Looking Forward to Prevention and Solutions

January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. While more people are learning about trafficking and the climate of fear that subjects so many low-wage workers to this assault on their basic dignity, we still have a lot of work to do in crafting long-term solutions that will prevent such human rights abuses. As we take […]

The NY Anti-Trafficking Network and its members have been working to raise awareness about a little known issue: the use of condoms as evidence in prostitution cases. Our clients routinely tell us that they have had condoms confiscated in the course of arrests. Many share a misunderstanding that it is a crime to carry a […]

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Memo to a Dead President: Slavery Still Exists

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by Kevin Bales founder of Free The Slaves, September 22nd marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to free slaves in Confederate states during the Civil War. Slavery, however, still exists in the U.S. In fact there has never been a day in American history without it. If Lincoln were still president today, this is what […]

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Women With a Vision (WWAV), a New Orleans advocacy and service organization that provides health care and other support for poor women of color, was the victim of a break-in and arson late Thursday night. A small organization that has won a national reputation for their work, WWAV was founded in 1991 by a collective […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series based on the National Fair Housing Alliance report, “The Banks Are Back, Our Neighborhoods Are Not,” that examines ongoing discrimination in the marketing and maintenance of bank-owned foreclosed properties. This series is also posted on Shelterforce.org’s blog Rooflines. – We now know that once again, the banks are engaging in practices that […]

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A Continued Pattern of Abuse

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By Liz Ryan Murray, National People’s Action, This post is part of an ongoing series based on the National Fair Housing Alliance report, “The Banks Are Back, Our Neighborhoods Are Not,” that examines ongoing discrimination in the marketing and maintenance of bank-owned foreclosed properties. This series is also posted on Shelterforce.org’s blog Rooflines. — What a difference a generation makes. National […]

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By Valeriano Ramos, Everyday Democracy, Promoting team pride, hosting regular meetings with team leaders, and fostering a creative environment are some ways to build strong and engaged action team. One of the toughest challenges community coalitions face is building strong and engaged action teams. The action forum sets the broad framework for achieving specific goals, but […]

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  By Crystal DeBoise, Most discussions of trafficking in persons elicit images of a young immigrant woman in peril. And while such images correctly remind us of the vulnerable situations faced by women who work in low-wage industries, we often forget that trafficking affects everyone, regardless of their gender or gender identity. The experiences and […]

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Women and children first?

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  By Grace Chang, Recently in U.S. media and public policy discourses alike, the term “human trafficking” has become synonymous with “trafficking into sex work,” and this in turn has been equated with “sexual slavery” and “prostitution.”  Human trafficking, while primarily an issue of coerced labor–and sometimes coerced movement–is rarely seen as a labor issue.  […]

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