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Oct 14

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Malaysia Drops to Tier 3 on the TIP Report, But No Ramifications Are Felt

  by Beth Harrell, HTC Events Coordinator After the release of the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report in June, Malaysia – one of the United States’ allies in Southeast Asia – was downgraded from Tier 2 Watch List to a Tier 3 ranking. The TIP report is published annually by the United States Department of […]

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Oct 14

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Colorado Given Lowest Rating for Victim Assistance Laws in Polaris’ 2014 State Ratings

by Sarah Davis, HTC associate On September 27th, Polaris – an anti-human trafficking nonprofit based in Washington D.C. – released their 2014 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws, and there was both good and bad news for Colorado. The ratings’ release coincided with a panel presentation on Capitol Hill where senators, a ...

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Oct 14

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Recap: First Colorado Human Trafficking Council Meeting

By Victoria Robertson, HTC associate In accordance with HB14-1273, the Colorado Human Trafficking Council convened for its first meeting on Friday, October 3. Its 28 members included law enforcement, legislators and NGOs appointed by the Governor or by Executive Directors of various state agencies. HTC Director Claude d’Estree and ...

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Oct 14

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ISIS: One of Many Contributors to Trafficking in Syria and Iraq

  by Jenni Hankel, Associate Director of Research While rape, sexual violence and human trafficking are not new phenomena to the Middle East, the media’s focus on abuses by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has made it appear as though sex and labor trafficking rates are increasing rapidly. As ISIS continues to kidnap […]

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Oct 14

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Recap: HTC’s Legislative Town Hall

  by Jillian Janflone, HTC Provisional Associate (In photo, from R to L: Ashley Arens, Janet Drake (standing), Sgt. Dan Steele, Rep. Beth McCann, Sen. Linda Newell. Moderating, Beth Harrell, HTC) Writing and passing human trafficking legislation is no easy task, according to the panelists at the HTC’s Legislative Town Hall on ...

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Sep 14

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September Human Trafficking News

  Associate Director of Advocacy Ashley Greve blogged about the need to recognize the prevalence of trafficking of men and boys, even within the commercial sex industry. Ashley discusses that at present, there are over 400,000 men and boys trafficked for commercial sex who are often overlooked by service providers and media. On ...

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Sep 14

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Human trafficking: What about the men and boys?

  by Ashley Greve, Associate Director of Advocacy If “male prostitute” is an uncommonly heard term, then “male sex trafficking victim” is rarer still. If you looked at the early literature, legislation and media coverage of sex trafficking, it would appear that the commercial sexual exploitation of men and boys is a ...

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Sep 14

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Join the HTC for a Legislative Town Hall

  September 11, 2014 More than 20 million people worldwide are in some form of forced labor, according to the International Labor Organization’s 2012 estimate of forced labor. Unfortunately, Colorado is not exempt from human trafficking. According to the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, Colorado is a source, transit ...

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Sep 14

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Root Causes and Contradictions of the Displaced Youth along the U.S./Mexico Border

  by Monica Petersen, guest blogger You won’t hear about it in sound bites of coverage on the evening news, but every American should understand these seven facts about the 63,000+ kids that “showed up in the backyard” and need their plight acknowledged. Illicit markets thrive where licit markets have been destroyed. ...

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Aug 14

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Monthly Human Trafficking Links: August

  Here is the HTC’s summary of August news and research on human trafficking. Associate Director of Advocacy Ashley Greve blogged about the need for collaboration in services for human trafficking victims and survivors. Ashley discussed the overlap between fields of service provision such as intimate partner violence, family ...

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