September 17, 2014
B20-0714 is currently being considered by the District of Columbia Council. The bill seeks to reform D.C. sex trafficking law by, among other things, affording minors greater protection as victims and modifying law enforcement procedures. Regular updates on the bill’s status can be found on the DC Council site.
September 15, 2014
As VS. previously reported, on June 20 the U.S. Department of State released its 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report). Since first being published in 2001, the annual TIP Report has become an indispensable source of data for governments and civil society organizations concerned with human trafficking. This year’s theme, “Journey from Victim to Survivor,” focuses on the legal structures, policies, and assistance needed for victims to become survivors, as well as the unique role that survivors play in developing solutions. The report covers the period of April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014, during which an estimated 44,000 survivors of human trafficking were identified internationally. The report estimates that there are still an estimated 20 million victims worldwide.
September 12, 2014
In an effort to make a difference in the lives of human trafficking victims, Cadwalader’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) hosted a BBQ at Covenant House New York on Thursday, July 17. Covenant House is the nation’s largest privately funded agency serving homeless, at-risk, and runaway youth ages 16 to 21, many of whom have experienced trafficking or engaged in survival sex. More than 56,000 homeless people are served each year at 21 Covenant House locations in the United States, Canada and Latin America.