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Policy & Resources
The links below offer specific anti-trafficking resources released by ATEST and our individual coalition partners. You can also visit our Policy Objectives page or individual issue pages to learn more about ATEST’s current policy objectives – Trafficking Victims Protection Act, Business Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Legislation, Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act, Prevention of Trafficking in Persons and Abuses Involving Workers Recruited Abroad Act and Anti-Slavery And Human Trafficking Appropriations.
November 24, 2013
By Renee Stearns
A young woman in a crisp white blouse and orange skirt handed me a gift wrapped in butcher paper and tied with string. Attached was this note:
We the Child mothers learning Tailoring in the centre
Are pleased to have you in our centre.
We give you an African dress we have made as a gift in
May God bless you.
Seven years later, I still carry that note with me as a reminder not only...
November 23, 2013
By Robert Menendez
Today marks one year since a tragic fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh killed 112 workers. When the fire alarms went off that day, managers acted with indifference and forced workers to stay at their stations. Months later, devastation again struck Bangladesh's workers when the Rana Plaza building collapsed, killing 1,131. Inspectors had declared the building unsafe, yet management compelled the workers to enter with threats of lost pay or termination...
November 19, 2013
By Maisie Greenawalt
It's Thanksgiving time once again, and our tables will be filled with delectable dishes, many of them made with ingredients grown on American farms. As someone whose job it is to know as much as possible about where and by whom food is farmed or raised, I cannot celebrate this season without thinking about the farmworkers who made it possible. In that spirit, I'd like to share my professional and personal experiences in the battle for farmworker rights. The...
October 22, 2013
By Bradley Myles
The extraordinary new film "12 Years a Slave" immerses us in the reality of historical slavery at a deep level of complexity and nuance. The film is an opportunity to honor all who were held in chattel slavery, treated like property, and subjected to levels of violence, torture, and control that no human should ever endure. The movie, directed by Steve McQueen, is also an opportunity to start a meaningful conversation about how prevalent slavery is today. Most of us...
October 20, 2013
(Washington, DC) – A partnership of organizations committed to combatting modern day slavery today unveiled KnowTheChain, an online resource created to educate companies, investors, policymakers and consumers about the existence of slavery in supply chains. KnowTheChain encourages greater disclosure and transparency related to SB-657, the California law that requires retailers and manufacturers with annual worldwide gross receipts over $100 million...