August 7, 2015
On May 29, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (“the Act”).The Act – which mobilizes personnel from the DOJ, HHS, and DHS – creates recovery funds for trafficking victims, imposes harsher penalties for trafficking-related offenses, expands resources to better support trafficking victims’ recoveries, and establishes enforcement initiatives to better enable federal and state authorities to convict trafficking criminals.
July 31, 2015
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
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.