Trafficking Advocate and Survivor Urges Congress to Protect Child Trafficking Victims

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On June 27, 2photo 4014, the Richmond Times Dispatch published an opinion piece by Elisabeth Corey, trafficking survivor, social worker, writer, and advocate. Ms. Corey urges the U.S. Government to do a better job protecting child trafficking victims and calls on Congress to pass critical legislation that ensures child welfare agencies identify and support sex and labor trafficked children.

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US Must Invest in Victim Services to Lead Fight Against Trafficking

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On June 2photo 33, 2014, The Daily Beast published an op-ed by Ima Matul, Survivor Organizer for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST). Ima calls on the U.S. Government to invest more resources into available and widespread services to support victims’ emergency and long-term care. Without this investment, Ima questions how much “appreciable progress in combating trafficking” the U.S. can make.

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U.S. Government Must Increase Support for Trafficking Victims

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photo 4On June 21, 2014, The Hill Congress Blog published an opinion piece by Shandra Woworuntu, survivor advocate and founder of Mentari, a survivor empowerment group. Shandra describes her journey into and out of a trafficking situation that left her vulnerable to re-exploitation. As a world leader in the fight against human trafficking, Shandra calls on the U.S. Government to strengthen its efforts to support survivors.

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Trafficking Survivor Calls on U.S. Government to Invest in Victim Services

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On June 22, 2014, the Lexington Herald-Leader published an op-ed by Margeaux Gray, artist and survivor advocate. Margeaux reflected on the number of missed opportunities by medical professionals, teachers, and Child Protective Services to identify her as a victim of human trafficking. She highlighted steps we can take to strengthen the identification and rehabilitation of survivors in the United States: stop treating victims as criminals and invest in victim services.

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State Dep’t Holds Countries Accountable in 2014 TIP Report

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On Friday, June 20, thephoto 4 U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) released the 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Secretary Kerry called on governments to do more to eradicate modern slavery, a $150 billion per year industry.
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Human trafficking, forced labor, and modern slavery are on the conscience of the world. As Secretary Kerry stated: “When we embrace our common humanity and stand up for the dignity of all people, …read more

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U.S. must practice what it preaches as it judges others on human trafficking

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CNN Freedom Project published this op-ed by ATEST Director Melysa Sperber today as the US State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.

Melysa Sperber

(CNN) – For the past 14 years, the U.S. State Department has used its Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report to judge how well the world is addressing modern slavery.

Each year, the report draws much-needed attention to the horrors of human trafficking that flourish everywhere from fishing boats in Thailand and palm plantations in Malaysia, to brick kilns in India and the sex industry in …read more

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News Round-up — May 16, 2014

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In the latest News Round-up, the members of ATEST were featured across media outlets this week. The news captured events surrounding the kidnapping of hundreds of girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram, with anti-trafficking experts responding that this is just the tip of the iceberg, as human trafficking is international in scope.

News Stories

UNWTO and World Vision join forces to fight child exploitation in tourism, eTurboNews (May 15, 2014)

Double-Bound: How Immigration Law Can Trap Trafficking Victims, Christianity Today (May 14, 2014)

It’s Not Just Boko Haram In Nigeria: Millions Of Women And Children Victimized By Human And Sex Trafficking by Bill Vourvoulias, Fox News Latino (May 12, …read more

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News Round-up — May 9, 2014

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This week, ATEST members appeared in news stories across the United States and around the world. From arrests of traffickers in North Carolina to combating this crime in the Philippines, media outlets highlighted advances in ending human trafficking, as well as the challenges that remain.

News Stories

Two arrested in Durham for human trafficking of a 17-year-old runaway, ABC11 WTVD (May 8, 2014)

Resources for learning how to fight human trafficking, Travel Weekly (May 7, 2014)

KBS+ Toronto’s Campaign To Fight Childhood Slavery by Larissa Faw, Media Post News (May 6, 2014)

Group: PH-US pact should address human trafficking by Rebelander S. Basilan, Sun Star Cebu (May 4, 2014)

Lack of Data Means Millions of Children Die Unseen and Invisible, New Report Finds, Christian Post (May 4, …read more

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News Round-up — May 2, 2014

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Check out the latest News Round-up of ATEST members appearing in media stories this week:

News Stories

MGH Receives Grant to Open Human Trafficking Survivor Clinic by Lara Salahi, Boston.com (May 1, 2014)

‘Food Chains’ premieres at Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, Florida Newszap (May 1, 2014)
Racing to help anti-trafficking organization by Theresa Loyd, The Lafayette Leader (May 1, 2014)
Caravan Studios Wins Competition for Innovative Solution Supporting Human Trafficking Survivors, HeraldOnline (April 30, …read more

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Birth Registration Makes Children Count

by Meredith Owen

On May 1, Thglobal_motherhood_headere Huffington Post published “Making Children Count” by Jesse Eaves, Senior Policy Advisor for Child Protection at World Vision, an ATEST member. This article highlights the importance of a birth certificate, often a piece of paper we take for granted in the United States, that many children around the world do not receive. Without it, these children are denied education and at risk for exploitation and …read more

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