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February 28, 2013
(Washington, DC) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to pass a Senate-approved version of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), paving the way for President Obama to sign into law the United States' most important tool in the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. An estimated 27 million people worldwide are victims of modern-day slavery, and human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, generating over $32...
February 12, 2013
The U.S. Senate voted today 93-5 to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the United States' most important tool in the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The TVPA expired in September of 2011, placing critical anti-trafficking initiatives at risk, including support to law enforcement and services for survivors.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) offered the TVPA reauthorization as an amendment to the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act...
January 29, 2013
New Report Helps Companies Meet and Exceed Requirements to Eliminate Human Trafficking from Supply Chains
(Washington, D.C.) The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) issued a report today, “Beyond SB 657: How Businesses Can Meet and Exceed California’s Requirements to Prevent Forced Labor in Supply Chains." This path breaking report provides guiding principles for companies required to comply with California’s pioneering anti-trafficking law and for any company working to eliminate forced labor from their supply chains.
Under the California Transparency in Supply Chains...
January 10, 2013
ATEST Calls on President Obama and Congress to Honor Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary and Renew Cornerstone Anti-Trafficking Law
This month, as America celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, we cannot ignore the harsh reality that 27 million people are trafficked each year – there are more slaves today than in any other time in history.
Every day in the United States and around the world, men, women and children are bought, sold and exploited for profit. They are trafficked throughout the United States into the commercial sex industry, farm labor, domestic work, restaurants,...
December 14, 2012
Today, Humanity United's Vice President of Policy & Government Relations David Abramowitz spoke in Washington, D.C. at the launch of the Department of Labor's new toolkit for businesses, "Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor: A Toolkit for Responsible Businesses." The guide is the first to be developed by the U.S. government to help businesses combat child labor and forced labor in their global supply chains.
You may view video of today's proceedings on the DOL's website.