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Memo to Bishops: It’s Not About You. It’s About the Actual Victims.

Slavery. It’s an abomination. And it goes without saying that survivors of modern-day slavery — human trafficking — should be able to access all of the services they need to protect their health and rebuild their lives. That is, unless you’re talking to the powerful political lobbyist, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

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Women and Children First? Trafficking as a Labor Issue

Trafficking has become synonymous with “trafficking into sex work,” though this is not the predominant form of human trafficking, which includes a range of racial, economic, and sexual violence and slavery and not just against women. 

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Race and Human Trafficking in the U.S.: Unclear but Undeniable

We need to explicitly recognize the connections between trafficking, poverty, migration, gender, racism and racial discrimination to adequately battle and destroy human trafficking in the U.S.

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Today’s Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking Reflect Historical Racism and Sexism

Trafficking in persons is often referred to as “modern-day slavery.” Historical grounding confirms that the reference to slavery, while not exactly on point, is relevant.

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Close to Home: Complications in the Domestic Anti-Trafficking Discourse

It seems that stories of young girls victimized by prostitution, are selected to overcome an enormous barrier – that we are not disposed to believe or care for people who engage in sex work, so editing to find the “perfect victim” is necessary.

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Human Trafficking and The Caribbean: Part 1

The Department of State’s 10th Annual Trafficking In Person’s Report ranks countries on progress against human trafficking. How are Caribbean nations responding? How does this report help to create change and build community?

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“Instant Marriage” in India Another Result of Gender Discrimination

Movement or displacement of women after marriage in India is a phenomenon commonly linked to issues of exploitation and trafficking of women.

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Trafficking Report: Less Sensationalism, More Reality

The State Department’s new Trafficking in Persons report suggests that the Obama administration will opt for evidence-based responses to trafficking over putting restrictions on women "for their own good."

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Roundup: Department of Justice Will “Deter Violence” Against Abortion Providers

Department of Justice Will "Deter Violence" Against Abortion Providers; Hillary Clinton Issues Human Trafficking Report; Legislation to Eliminate Child Marriage is Passed in House of Representatives.

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Good News On U.S. Anti-Trafficking Policy

The White House’s appointment of Luis de Baca to be the head of the Trafficking In Persons office suggests that it appreciates the importance of a harm reduction approach to the problem of trafficking.

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