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)
I wrote in a previous blog post that, “Many anti-trafficking activists, passionate about our work and the people we want to protect and support, like to believe we are equipped with the information necessary to prevent and end modern slavery. But, the truth is, we lack a critical perspective.”
I was talking about the perspective of those individuals who have survived the horror of human trafficking.
ACT NOW! Sign on to ensure children get the care they deserve. Changes to the TVPRA would jeopardize the lives of children seeking safety in the United States. The cost of pushing vulnerable children back into dangerous or deadly situations is simply too high.
Unaccompanied children are at risk of being trafficked or have already been trafficked, which is why legal provisions in place since 2008 ensure these children are afforded basic legal advice and access to support. Congress has introduced legislation that would deport children to their home countries without meaningful screening. Sending these children back to extreme violence is an effective death sentence. The U.S. has the responsibility to protect these children from murder, rape, and human trafficking.
On July 25, Talking Points Memo published an op-ed by Melysa Sperber, the Director of the Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking (ATEST), and Malika Saada Saar, Executive Director of Rights4Girls. They called on Congress and the Obama Administration to live up to their commitment to combat child trafficking and keep the preeminent federal anti-trafficking law, the TVPRA, intact.
Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)
Ima Matul, Survivor Organizer from CAST, speaks to NBC Los Angeles about the need for training people in the child welfare system to identify victims of human trafficking.
On July 23, NBC Los Angeles interviewed Ima Matul, Survivor Coordinator at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), to discuss a new federal bill that strengthens the U.S. child welfare system’s response to child trafficking.
On June 27, 2014, 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.
To read the full op-ed, please click here.
On June 23, 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.
On 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.