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The scope of human trafficking and slavery has come into sharp focus over the past years with an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide—more than any other time in history. Human trafficking is also the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, generating over $32 billion in profits to traffickers annually according to some estimates. These are our current policy priorities:
Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013 (P.L. 113-4)
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA) provides the tools necessary to provide services to survivors and to combat trafficking and modern-day slavery at home and abroad. The reauthorized legislation renews critical federal anti-trafficking programs, provides invaluable resources for the provision of specialized services, gives prosecutors new tools to hold traffickers accountable, and enhances partnerships with focus countries to combat child trafficking.
Business Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Legislation
Congress has not introduced a federal business transparency bill this session. The bill description is based on last session's federal business transparency bill, H.R. 2759. ATEST will update this information once Congress introduces new legislation. The Business Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act (H.R. 2759) would have required companies with $100 million or more in revenues to report about their efforts to address slavery within their business operations, including supply chains and labor management. By establishing clear federal transparency requirements and providing the public with information, businesses would benefit from a level playing field and could avoid a patchwork of state laws.
Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act of 2013 (H.R. 1732)
The trafficking of children for both sexual and labor exploitation is an egregious human rights abuse affecting a growing number of youth in the United States, many of whom come into contact with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. ATEST is working to improve the proper identification of and services to child trafficking victims by promoting the passage of H.R. 1732, Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act. This is a critical piece of federal legislation that works to ensure that child victims of human trafficking are being properly identified by state child welfare agencies and receiving the comprehensive services they need to recover.
Anti-Slavery And Human Trafficking Appropriations
ATEST makes recommendations to Congress on how to leverage federal funding for law enforcement to apprehend and prosecute traffickers, and to provide much needed services for victims to rebuild their lives. Read more, including our FY2013 Guide to Anti-Slavery Funding.
Prevention of Trafficking in Persons and Abuses Involving Workers Recruited Abroad Act (S. 744)
Foreign labor recruiters are often complicit or directly involved in the trafficking of workers, exploiting U.S. nonimmigrant visa programs. Legislation to strengthen regulation of foreign labor recruiters is an essential element in the prevention of human trafficking and forced labor. ATEST is working to prevent the exploitation of workers recruited abroad as part of comprehensive immigration reform by promoting the passage of S. 744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The Senate-passed S. 744 is a critical piece of federal legislation that supports the regulation of foreign labor recruiters by requiring increased transparency by and registration of foreign labor contractors/recruiters to prevent exorbitant fees that result in situations of debt bondage and other vulnerabilities to human trafficking.
White House and Agency Initiatives
Combating modern-day slavery requires a comprehensive, committed and coordinated response by the president and many federal agencies. Read more about White House and agency initiatives and an ATEST report, "A Path to Freedom" that outlines recommendations for a second-term agenda to the Obama Administration.