ATEST Urges Senate to Reach Bipartisan Compromise on Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act

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ATEST Urges Senate to Reach Bipartisan Compromise on Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act

For well over a decade, the work to combat modern slavery and human trafficking has been an example of Congress’s ability to put partisanship aside in the interest of tackling a difficult and seemingly intractable problem. That willingness to be thoughtful, practical, and balanced in approach has proven successful in this work, and made tremendous contributions to the fight against this heinous crime. The debate that is emerging over the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, S. 178, and the application of the Hyde Amendment to funds collected from perpetrators of human trafficking jeopardize this pragmatic balance in favor of a partisan confrontation that undermines the achievement of our joint goal of ending modern slavery in the United States and around the world.

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Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking Voices Support for End Modern Slavery Initiative Act

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For Release: February 26, 2015
Contact: Liz Baker, lbaker@humanityunited.org, +1 202 503 3221

Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking Voices Support for End Modern Slavery Initiative Act

Washington, DC—The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking, a U.S.-based coalition that advocates for solutions to prevent and end all forms of human trafficking worldwide, today announced its support for the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act introduced by Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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ATEST Commends Senate Efforts to Prevent Human Trafficking

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Washington, DC—The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking commends the Senate Judiciary Committee for holding yesterday’s hearing, “Human Trafficking in the United States: Protecting the Victims.” This important event highlighted the necessity of services for all victims of trafficking and pointed to specific policies to help prevent vulnerable youth from being trafficked in the first place.

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Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking Applauds Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015

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For Release: February 23, 2015
Contact: Liz Baker, lbaker@humanityunited.org, +1 202 503 3221

Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking Applauds Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015

Washington, DC—The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) today voiced its support for S.178, Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).

“This legislation elevates the priority of protecting all trafficking victims by strengthening access to restitution, expanding training for law enforcement, and improving data collection on human trafficking,” said Melysa Sperber, Director of ATEST.

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ATEST Applauds New U.S. Government Contract Regulations

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Liz Baker, lbaker@humanityunited.org, 202 503 3221

ATEST Applauds New U.S. Government Contract Regulations

U.S. Regulations seek to Eliminate Trafficking in Government Supply Chains

Washington, DC—Anti-slavery coalition the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) today welcomed the Federal Acquisition Regulation; Ending Trafficking in Persons rule by the Defense Department, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The regulation follows President Obama’s September 2012 Executive Order (EO 13627) that sought to strengthen protections against human trafficking by U.S. Government contractors and their subcontractors.

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Senate Reintroduces Important Bill to Combat Youth Homelessness and Human Trafficking

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For Release: January 28, 2015
Contact: Liz Baker, 202 503 3221

Senate Reintroduces Important Bill to Combat Youth Homelessness and Human Trafficking

Washington, DC: The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) today voiced its support for S.262, the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

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Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking Applauds Survivor Bill

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For Release: January 22, 2015

Contact: Liz Baker, lbaker@humanityunited.org, +1 202 503 3221

Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking Applauds Survivor Bill

Washington, DC—The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) applauds today’s introduction of the “Survivors of Human Trafficking Empowerment Act” co-sponsored by Representative Mike Honda (D-CA), Representative Karen Bass (D-CA), Representative Ted Poe (R-TX), and Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill). This bi-partisan legislation seeks to amplify the voices of human trafficking survivors in federal policy.

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How the U.S. Government Funds Human Trafficking

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(Sharon Farmer/sfphotoworks)

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

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Verité Illuminates Labor Trafficking & Abuses in Malaysian Electronics

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(Sharon Farmer/sfphotoworks)

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.”

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Kailash Satyarthi Wins Nobel Peace Prize for Child Rights Advocacy

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(Sharon Farmer/sfphotoworks)

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.

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