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    July 31, 2015

    DOJ Office for Victims of Crime Explores Collaborating with Culturally Specific Organizations to End Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault

    by Bethlehem Mebratu

    On July 9, 2015, a panel of experts gathered to present the webinar, “Collaborating with Culturally Specific Organizations to End Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault.” The panel included speakers Chic Dabby, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence and Michelle Ortiz, Deputy Director at Al Justice on behalf of the National Latin@ Network. The goal of the discussion was to identify effective collaboration strategies that leverage culturally specific resources on behalf of survivors. This concept is part of the Federal Strategic Plan on Services of Human Trafficking, a government initiative that promotes services for human trafficking victims that are victim-centered, culturally relevant, evidence-based, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed.

    July 27, 2015

    Remarks at the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report Ceremony

    by Walter Clapp

    Today, amidst members of the global diplomatic corps and civic leadership, John Kerry introduced the State Department’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. The comprehensive global report, available here, surveys the $150 billion illicit trafficking industry by region and country. The State Department hopes the TIP Report will continue to bring to the public’s attention the full nature and scope of modern slavery.

    July 27, 2015

    Washington State Preparing to Implement New Human Trafficking Training Program

    by Alexander Hokenson

    The state of Washington already has some of the best human trafficking laws in the US—however, even with a good legal framework, there can be a disconnect between the laws and the law enforcement officers and prosecutors expected to enforce them. A law enforcement agency in a more remote part of the state with limited resources may not fully understand how to enforce new laws aimed at trafficking, especially where those laws require major shifts in how officers approach traditional enforcement areas like prostitution. Another major issue confronting law enforcement officers is knowing how to recognize the signs that someone may be a victim of human trafficking, and how to connect victims with resources and organizations that can help them. A law aimed at addressing these problems, entitled An Act Relating to Establishing a Statewide Training Program on Human Trafficking Laws for Criminal Justice Personnel, will go into effect at the end of this month.

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