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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 Act, Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act, Foreign Labor Recruiters Legislation and Anti-Slavery And Human Trafficking Appropriations.
June 10, 2013
ATEST's Public Comment on the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
The U.S. Government has already taken several significant steps in 2013 to combat human trafficking by reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and supporting the delivery of specialized services for human trafficking victims in the President’s Budget Request. The Administration and federal agencies now have the opportunity to set a gold standard in developing and executing a long-term victims’ services strategy to prevent human trafficking in the U.S., to aid in the...
June 7, 2013
Recent reports have shown that the majority of identified child trafficking victims have had contact, often multiple times, with the child welfare system. The "Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2013" (H.R. 1732) is a critical piece of legislation needed to ensure that child victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking in the United States are identified by state child welfare agencies and receive the services they need.
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June 6, 2013
The immigration reform bill now pending in the Senate would protect au pairs against human trafficking and abusive recruitment practices before they even arrive. I am a physician and my husband works in finance. I work early hours and he travels for work. With two sons under the age of 6 and busy schedules, we needed flexible childcare and found this in the au pair program. After phone...
May 23, 2013
By Holly Burkhalter
When Russian President Vladimir Putin banned U.S. adoptions of his country’s orphans in December, he consigned thousands of children who might have had families to institutions where they are abused, neglected and all too frequently trafficked into sexual exploitation. The U.S. government now has a choice: It can pressure Russian authorities to end orphan trafficking by giving Russia the lowest possible ranking in the State...
April 30, 2013
Proposed federal legislation, S. 744, incorporates the regulation of foreign labor recruiters, recognizing their role as potential facilitators of human trafficking, as part of the comprehensive immigration reform package. This sign on letter supports the inclusion of foreign labor recruiter provisions in the House immigration package.