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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.
For Release: January 28, 2015
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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).
For Release: January 22, 2015
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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.
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.
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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.”