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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.
March 9, 2014
Recent reports have shown that the majority of identified child trafficking victims have had contact, often multiple times, with the child welfare system. S.1823 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.
February 27, 2014
The Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking (ATEST) hosted a National Call on Child Welfare on February 20, 2014. ATEST was joined by anti-trafficking organizations to discuss the latest developments in child welfare legislation pending in the House (H.R.1732) and Senate (S.1823).
ATEST invited interested groups to sign on to a...
February 26, 2014
Trafficking in persons (TIP) is a transnational crime and is the second largest criminal industry in the world, second only to drug trafficking. Yet, for every $32 a human trafficker earns, the U.S. Government spends only ten cents fighting them.
Recognizing the need for an efficient use of targeted resources, ATEST recommends the launch of an innovative “focus country” approach to combating TIP. The focus country model is designed to implement comprehensive strategies to prevent TIP,...
February 5, 2014
State legislation such as SB 477, to strengthen regulation of foreign labor recruiters, is an essential element in the prevention of human trafficking and forced labor. This letter of support demonstrates the need to combat foreign labor recruiters' facilitation of modern day slavery.
January 22, 2014
Foreign labor contractors (or recruiters) are increasingly relied upon to facilitate the migration of labor from one country to another. While many foreign labor contractors behave ethically and lawfully, many others do not. Labor contractors are often complicit or directly involved in the trafficking of workers, exploiting U.S. nonimmigrant visa programs, such as the H-2A, H-2B, H-1, and J-1 programs. The “Fraudulent Overseas Recruitment and Trafficking Elimination Act of 2013” (FORTE) (H.R...