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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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  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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Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Histories, Solutions, and Remedies Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. A key part of paying respect to those who’ve experienced this severe human rights abuse includes looking back at the history of anti-trafficking efforts and where they have led us, and thinking about the most effective path forward to prevent others […]

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I watch and listen to the advocacy of human trafficking at rallies, on web sites, in government reports and NGO reports. The research and statistics on human trafficking in America are ambiguous, especially in relation to race and ethnicity.  We need to explicitly recognize the connections between trafficking, poverty, migration, gender, racism and racial discrimination […]

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