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FishWise Release of Seafood Social Responsibility and Traceability White Papers

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Feb 2017

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FishWise Release of Seafood Social Responsibility and Traceability White Papers

  By Jen Cole, Guest Blogger* Between 2014 and 2017, investigative stories from the Guardian, the Associated Press, and the New York Times documented instances of human rights abuses in the seafood industry. In addition, a flurry of media stories around seafood mislabeling have peppered the media landscape in the past few years. ...

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Feb 2017

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Disproportionate Impacts of Human Trafficking on Native Communities

  By Victoria Sweet, JD – Guest Blogger* Although attention to human trafficking has grown in recent years, it has affected marginalized populations throughout history. Trafficking has impacted Native communities for centuries, since the earliest point of contact with Europeans. According to journal accounts, Christopher ...

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Feb 2017

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Her Body is Not for Sale, But Her Necklace Is

  By Annalise Yahne, Research Assistant What comes to mind when you hear the words “sex trafficking”? An innocent child chained to a bed? A woman standing in the doorway of a brothel? Or perhaps you think of a bracelet, necklace, or bag that you bought, one that was made by a survivor of sex […]

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Feb 2017

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The Forgotten Plight of Migrant Domestic Workers in the Gulf States

  By Jocelyn Iverson, Director of Communications and Social Media The rights of migrant workers in the construction sector of the Gulf States have recently been placed under scrutiny by the international community.  Particularly in countries such as Qatar, which will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the government has felt ...

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Jan 2017

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The Drug War and Human Trafficking: Potential Implications for the Philippines

  By Bryna Rabehl, Research Assistant The relationship between drugs and human trafficking is incredibly complex and varied. The multifaceted ways in which drugs intersect with and integrate within human trafficking cannot be confined to a single overlap. Moving away from the common tendency to study these forms of trade as ...

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Jan 2017

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Election Outcome Impacts on U.S. State-Sponsored Forced Labor

  By Catie Fowler, Projects Manager Donald Trump’s unexpected rise to power continues to take the world by surprise in new ways. Though his election victory may have come as an initial shock, the negative impact his proposed legislation could have on forced labor reform should come as less of one. If Mr. Trump’s tough ...

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Jan 2017

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Decoding Ambiguity: The future of anti-trafficking policy under the Trump administration

  By Leanne McCallum, Human Trafficking Index Project Manager With less than a week until his inauguration day, President-elect Donald Trump has yet to publicly address human trafficking as a policy issue. As his inauguration day draws near, the question lingers: what will anti-trafficking policy look like under the Trump ...

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Jan 2017

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Obsession with Smartphones Perpetuates Dangerous Labor Practices in the Congo

  By Elise Mann, Research Assistant Are you reading this article on your laptop, mobile phone or tablet? If so, you are using cobalt, a naturally occurring mineral central to the issues of forced labor and dangerous labor practices. Cobalt is the most expensive raw material used in the lithium-ion batteries powering your ...

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Dec 2016

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Georgia’s Safe Harbor Amendment on Human Trafficking Not All That It Appears

  By Laura A. Dean, Guest Blogger* Georgia voters decidedly adopted constitutional Amendment 2, the so called Safe Harbor Act by proponents and “pole tax” by opponents on Tuesday, November 8. With over 83 percent of the vote in favor, this amendment was approved with a higher percentage than any other constitutional ...

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Nov 2016

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Psychological Abuse is an Inherent Part of Human Trafficking

  By Seth Daire, Research Assistant Monetary profit may be the tangible driver for human trafficking and other forms of slavery, but control is the psychological benefit. A person does not need to be bought or sold to be trafficked. Physical abuse or restraints aren’t required for it to be trafficking. Underlying the illegal ...

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