In September 2012, President Obama announced a new Executive Order (EO 13627) that sought to strengthen protections against human trafficking by U.S. Government contractors and their subcontractors. The Administration is expected to release the regulations to implement the EO later this year. In the meantime, a piece in this week’s The New Republic showed how the U.S. Government still directly funds human trafficking operations
On October 23, Huffington Post published an important blog piece by Dan Viederman, CEO of Verité. Viederman describes scenarios of forced labor and modern slavery that are commonly found in multinational companies’ supply chains. Indeed, “[a] recent Verité study found that one in three migrants working in Malaysian electronics manufacturing were in situations of forced labor, meaning tens of thousands of people trapped in their jobs.”
On October 10, the Nobel committee announced that Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to strengthen and improve child rights. Solidarity Center described how as an activist, “Satyarthi has led the rescue of more than 78,500 child laborers and survived numerous attacks on his life as a result.”
To learn more about Satyarthi and his human rights advocacy, click here.
ATEST applauds Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. for signing SB 477, bi-partisan legislation that protects foreign workers in California from abuse and human trafficking, and helps to eliminate fraud in U.S. nonimmigrant visa programs.
“We applaud the leadership of all those who involved in this effort, particularly the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) who worked tirelessly on the bill,” said Melysa Sperber, Director of ATEST. “We believe the enactment of this law is critical – it will not only mark an important milestone in strengthening our efforts to prevent human trafficking, it will also help to ensure the integrity of our visa systems.”
On September 22, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), Polaris, and Clear Channel Outdoor announced their partnership to increase awareness of human trafficking in the greater Los Angeles area. The awareness campaign will highlight the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline 1-888-373-7888 and will help trafficking victims find services they need.
To learn more, click here.
Today, Verité released its groundbreaking two-year study of labor conditions in electronics manufacturing in Malaysia. The study found that one in three foreign workers surveyed in Malaysian electronics was in a condition of forced labor. Because many of the most recognizable brands source components of their products from Malaysia, this means that virtually every device on the market today may have come in contact with modern-day slavery.
Three new organizations broaden coalition’s reach and expertise
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking, a U.S.-based coalition that advocates for solutions to prevent and end all forms of human trafficking worldwide, today announced three new members: Futures Without Violence, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and National Network for Youth.
“These three organizations will strengthen the coalition’s impact on U.S. policies to fight all forms of modern slavery, particularly where human trafficking intersects with gender-based violence, youth homelessness, and workers’ rights,” said Melysa Sperber, Director of ATEST. ”We believe our members’ collective experience implementing programs at home and abroad provides our coalition an unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise that we can leverage for positive change.”
On August 26, The Huffington Post published this piece by Ariel Zwang, CEO of Safe Horizon. Ms. Zwang tells the story of Hector (not his real name), who, alone, fled extreme violence in Honduras to the U.S. Recently, five Honduran children, who also fled to the U.S., were deported back to their home country and murdered upon their return.
Unaccompanied children risk their lives to seek safety in the U.S., and we need a compassionate response to this humanitarian crisis.
On August 13, KnowTheChain published a blog post by Shawn MacDonald, Director of Programs at Verité,that identifies how recruitment fees charged to workers can lead to human trafficking and what companies can do to fight slavery and trafficking in their supply chains.
To read the blog post in its entirety, please click here.
Check out the latest News Round-up of ATEST members in media stories this week:
Despite clampdown, human trafficking on rise by Joyeeta Chakravorty, Deccan Chronicle (July 30, 2014)
Human trafficking is rearing its ugly head in western Wisconsin by Doug Stohlberg, RiverTowns.net (July 30, 2014)
Orbitz Worldwide Joins the Fight Against Human Trafficking, The Wall Street Journal (July 23, 2014)
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