Survivor Calls on Companies to Be Part of the Solution

by Meredith Owen

In her April 17 blog post for KnowTheChain, Florencia Molina, activist and trafficking survivor, invites businesses to be part of the solution to eliminate human trafficking in corporate supply chains.

A Survivor’s Voice for Change

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IMG_5028When I was growing up in Mexico, I never imagined that I’d have the opportunity to help shape a law that could change people’s lives. And yet, several years ago, I found myself in Sacramento, California, sitting in State Senator Darrell Steinberg’s office having a frank …read more

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News Round-up — April 11, 2014

by Meredith Owen

ATEST members appeared in the news this week, highlighting their efforts to combat human trafficking, here at home and abroad.

News Stories

Holly Smith, Author of Walking Prey and Sex Trafficking Survivor, Shares Advice and Her Story by Jane Mosbacher Morris, The Huffington Post Blog (April 10, 2014)

Students stand in protest against worldwide slavery by Laura Haight, The Daily Athenaeum (April 10, 2014)

New guidelines say modern slavery is ‘severe but solvable’ by Ilaria Bertini, Blue & Green Tomorrow (April 9, 2014)

Church volunteers combat sex trafficking in Stockton by Suzanne Phan, Stockton Central News10 (April 9, 2014)

11 boys rescued from roadside eateries in Bangalore, The Times of India (April 9, 2014)
Del Monte inks deal with Coalition of Immokalee Workers by Doug Ohlemeier, The Packer (April 8, 2014)
Raising Awareness About Child Sex Trafficking in Westchester by Stacie M. …read more

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VIDEO: Survivor Speaks at Congressional Briefing on Combating Exploitative Child Labor

by Meredith Owen

On April 8, 2014 ATEST and The Child Labor Coalition convened a congressional briefing on combating exploitative child labor. The briefing featured a remarks by long-time champion, Senator Tom Harkin and James Kofi Annan, a child trafficking survivor and award-winning advocate. A panel of advocates and experts representing the U.S. Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Solidarity Center and GoodWeave then discussed the important gains in reducing exploitative child labor and child …read more

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Survivor Speaks at Congressional Briefing on Combating Exploitative Child Labor

by Meredith Owen

On April 8, long-time champion, Senator Tom Harkin, and child trafficking survivor and award-winning advocate, James Kofi Annan, spoke at a congressional briefing organized by the Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking (ATEST) and The Child Labor Coalition.

David Abramowitz, Vice President of Policy and Government Relations at Humanity United, moderated a panel for a powerful discussion on the important gains in reducing exploitative child labor and child trafficking worldwide, as …read more

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Join Us for a Briefing on Exploitative Child Labor on April 8!

by Meredith Owen


ATEST EVITE_ChildLabor_FNL02The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) and The Child Labor Coalition invite you to attend a Congressional Briefing on combating exploitative child labor on April 8, 2014 at 3pm (ET). The briefing will feature a conversation with long-time champion, Senator Tom Harkin; a child trafficking survivor and award-winning advocate, James Kofi Annan; and policy advocates and experts, who will discuss the important gains in reducing exploitative child labor and child trafficking worldwide, …read more

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Survivor-led Conference in NH Advocates for Victim Protections

by Meredith Owen

On Friday, March 28, University of New Hampshire School of Law hosted a conference led by survivors of human trafficking, calling for strengthening victim protections through state legislation. Cory Smith, Senior Policy Advisor to ATEST and Adjunct Professor at the University, spoke to the elements of the bill, such as permitting victims to vacate convictions related to prostitution and to sue their traffickers in civil actions. To listen to a recording of the interview with New Hampshire Public Radio, click …read more

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News Round-up — March 28, 2014

by Meredith Owen

ATEST members were featured in the news this week, highlighting efforts to combat labor and sex trafficking in the United States and overseas. Also, check out an article by advocate and survivor, Holly Smith, who recently released her own academic nonfiction book.

News Stories

Tackling slavery with the International Justice Mission by Jacqueline Justice, The Cavalier Daily (Mar. 27, 2014)

Maloney’s Human Trafficking Fraud Enforcement Act, Queens Gazette (Mar. 26, 2014)

NMSU to hold Human Trafficking Awareness Week, Las Cruces Sun-News (Mar. 26, 2014)

Domestic help files lawsuit against Bangla New York Consul General, India TV News (Mar. 25, 2014)

ECPAT working to protect sexually-exploited children in Senegal, eTurbo News (Mar. 24, 2014)

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ATEST Launches FY15 Appropriations Guide!

by Meredith Owen

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The Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking (ATEST) is proud to present this year’s Appropriations Guide. The Appropriations Guide serves as a resource, identifying critical federal funding requests for fiscal year 2015 and providing more in-depth explanations for anti-trafficking programs. This year, the Appropriations Guide showcases Survivors’ Perspectives and conveys key policy and funding recommendations from survivor perspectives. Check it out …read more

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News Round-up — March 24, 2014

by Meredith Owen

Last week, news stories captured the powerful work by ATEST members and highlighted efforts to combat human trafficking in the United States and overseas. Also, check out our featured article on the launch of a ground-breaking initiative to combat gender-based violence.

News Stories
Why Won’t Some Supermarket Chains Pay 1 cent per Pound to Tomato Pickers? by Steve Holt, TakePart (Mar. 21, 2014)
Lexington woman’s journey for justice to Cambodia by Jerrika Insco, WKYT (Mar. 20, 2014)

Featured: Vital Voices Global Partnership Launches Initiative to Combat Gender-Based Violence

In partnership with the U.S. State …read more

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