This week’s news stories examine our member organizations’ work in the United States and overseas, and identify ways in which the public can take action to combat human trafficking.
At Publix in Ballantyne, labor activists protest pay and conditions at tomato farms by Ely Portillo, Charlotte Observer (Mar. 6, 2014)
Texting to Reach Human Trafficking Victims by Eun Yang and Alana Wise, NBC Washington (Mar. 5, 2014)
Bonded labourers rescued from tree cutting unit in Tiruttani by Ekatha Ann John & Manish Raj, The Times of India (Mar. 5, 2014)
Will 12 Years a Slave help the fight against slavery? by Oliver Balch, The Guardian (Mar. 4, …read more
On March 28, the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire School of Law will present: Combatting Human Trafficking Through the Eyes of the Survivor.
Featuring Keynote Speaker Mrs. Cindy McCain, the conference will hold panels on providing direct legal services for victims of trafficking, prosecuting perpetrators, and meeting the unique needs of the survivors. The conference will conclude with a special screening of the documentary …read more
Last week, the media highlighted human trafficking and ATEST members’ efforts to combat it both in the United States and overseas. On March 2, 2014, the film 12 Years a Slave, a groundbreaking movie that dives into historical slavery in the United States and opens a wider conversation into modern slavery, won best picture at the Oscars. Director, Polaris Project Ambassador Steve McQueen, shared his insight in a guest blog for the United Nations.
Child bonded labourers rescued near Ennore, The Hindu (Mar. 2, 2014)
For Florida tomato workers, extra penny per pound pledged from retailers adds up, Highlands Today (Feb. 26, 2014)
Red Light Area or Living Hell? by R Guhambika, The New Indian …read more
In an interview with Greg Asbed, co-founder of Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), Grist Magazine examines CIW’s Fair Food Program (FFP), ways in which it combats exploitative labor practices in tomato fields, and lessons learned to replicate the FFP model across other agricultural industries.
Front-vine lessons: What made Florida’s tomato-field uprising work
By Heather Smith
JankypicThe first time I ever heard of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers was from a friend who had gone to Immokalee, the region in South Florida where most of the tomatoes of the eastern seaboard are grown, on a volunteer trip. He came back depressed. People were living in circumstances that were not unlike (and in several cases fit the technical definition of) slavery, …read more
ATEST hosted a National Call on Child Welfare on February 20, 2014. We were joined by anti-trafficking organizations to discuss the latest developments in child welfare legislation pending in the House (H.R.1732) and Senate (S.1823). ATEST invited interested groups to sign on to a letter in support of S.1823, a critical piece of legislation needed to ensure that child victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking are identified by state child welfare agencies and receive the services they need. ATEST coalition partners also recommended …read more
ATEST members appeared in the news this week, examining efforts to combat trafficking across the United States from Florida to Washington. Also, check out the HuffPost Blog article on combating human trafficking by ending homelessness.
For Florida tomato workers, extra penny adds up, The St. Augustine Record (Feb. 22, 2014)
Protestors challenge Wendy’s, defend farm workers’ rights by Christine Alvarez, The Independent Florida Alligator (Feb. 17, 2014)
Groups warn of human trafficking in Calhoun County by Olivia Lewis, Battle Creek Enquirer (Feb. 14, 2014)
MPI Fights Child Trafficking in Washington State, Meetings Focus (Feb. 2014)
Featured: Kevin Ryan HuffPost …read more
This week’s news stories capture some of our member organizations’ work and highlight the need to combat slavery in the United States and overseas. Also, in case you missed it, a great piece by Nicholas Kristof on runaway and homeless youth.
Florida ranks 3rd in calls to human trafficking hotline by Jared Mauldin and Noura Aalen, First Coast News (Feb. 13, 2014)
Bonded labourers rescued, The Hindu (Feb. 13, 2014)
Held as slaves, children in Peru forced to work in mines that produce much of world’s gold by Deborah Hastings, NY Daily News (Feb. 11, 2014)
World Vision Good Chocolate Guide sweet and fair by Rita DeMontis, Toronto Sun (Feb. 11, 2014)
Human trafficking: Los Angeles County steps up awareness by Miriam Hernandez, ABC7 News …read more
On January 22, 2014, Arizona Republic published a poignant op-ed by Beth Jacobs, founder of Willow Way and trafficking survivor. Beth calls on the Arizona legislature to enact provisions supported by the state’s Human Trafficking Task Force to end criminalization of human trafficking victims. She challenges Arizona to stop treating trafficking victims as criminals.
Former sex slave: Arizona can do more to stop abuse
Jacobs: Don’t treat human-trafficking victims like criminals
An anti-human trafficking billboard near …read more
Trafficking survivor, Ima Matul, calls on the child welfare system to better protect victims of trafficking. In her op-ed published by Roll Call, Ima shares the stories of child trafficking victims and identifies ways to improve the child welfare response to support these vulnerable children.
Child Welfare System Must Work Better to Help Stop Trafficking of Children | Commentary
By Ima Matul
Jan. 23, 2014, 5:42 p.m.; Corrected Jan. 28, 2014 1:41 p.m.
It is a sad truth that America’s most deprived children are also among the most vulnerable to human trafficking. But, I speak from experience when I say …read more
The Hill’s Congress Blog published an inspiring op-ed by trafficking survivor and advocate, Shandra Woworuntu, on January 27, 2014. Shandra advocates for stronger regulations of foreign labor recruiters and for Congress to pass HR 3344.
January 27, 2014, 11:00 am
I was kidnapped into the sex trade
By Shandra Woworuntu
Mine is probably not the story of human trafficking you imagine.
In my native Indonesia, I was a college-educated financial analyst employed by an international bank. I lost my job in 1998 …read more