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Aug 15

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New Outrage at Old Problems in the TIP Report

The State Department faced considerable criticism over this year's Trafficking in Persons Report.

  By David Esarey, Senior Associate This year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report came out a few weeks later than usual this year, and in its wake came pointed criticism from high-ranking officials that is years overdue.   The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing soon after the release ...

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Aug 15

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The Case for Prevention: One Piece in the Anti-Trafficking Puzzle

Education, both general and regarding trafficking, is one method of prevention.

by Sarah Davis, HTC Associate   “Human trafficking is not a new phenomenon. Activists have worked throughout history to eradicate slavery and exploitation, and no one organization or individual stands alone in this movement. The problem is complex and constantly changing, and everyone must play a role in creating a solution as ...

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Jul 15

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Thousands of Senegalese Children Sent to Qu’ranic School, Forced to Beg Instead

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  By Rachel Borrell, guest blogger In March 2013 a fire engulfed a Qu’ranic school (or daara) in the Dakar neighbourhood of Medina, killing eight young students – otherwise known as talibés. Their teacher and guardian was absent, apparently having returned to his house due to the unsanitary and uninhabitable conditions in ...

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Jul 15

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Bureaucratic Deadlines & Economic Deals No Excuse for Ignoring Longstanding Trafficking

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by Kara Napolitano, Staff   The political aspects of how the State Department ranks countries on their anti-human trafficking efforts have long been contentious.   In anticipation of the release of the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report  many have questioned whether the recent surge in media attention on the issue of ...

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Jul 15

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HTC Associate Director Quoted in World Politics Review

The Niger desert can be deadly for smuggled migrants.

Dr. Oliver Kaplan, Associate Director of the Human Trafficking Center, shared his expertise on international trafficking laws with the World Politics Review. “By one estimate, 200,000 migrants pass each year through Niger’s central Agadez region alone—a substantial flow for a poor country with a population of 17 million. In ...

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Jun 15

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Trafficking in Plain Sight: Exploitation of Sales Crews

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  by Ashley Greve, Staff If a salesperson knocked on your door and asked for money to purchase their product, would you recognize them as a potential victim of human trafficking? Trafficking in the form of door-to-door sales jobs happens every day- even in Denver. If you’ve ever heard of debt bondage and thought that […]

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Jun 15

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Legalizing marijuana may heighten Colorado street youths’ vulnerability to human trafficking

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  By Elizabeth Harrell, Events Coordinator The legalization of marijuana for recreational use has long been contentious. Some proponents argue that legalization of marijuana has many positive impacts, including increased state revenue through taxation, and in the long-run will lessen the burden on the criminal justice system. ...

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May 15

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Memex Helps Find Human Trafficking Cases Online

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  By Seth Daire, Associate In February 2015 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, announced the Memex program, which aims to create new internet search engine technologies that better discover, organize, and present information relating to specific subjects. Their ...

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May 15

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Difficulties in Re-integrating Uganda’s Child Soldiers

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  by Jillian LaBranche, Associate “The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has the potential of becoming the sub-saharan al-Qaeda.” So stated Norbert Mao, a prominent Ugandan politician in 2013. The rebel group, which builds its ranks by brutally abducting children from Acholiland in Northern Uganda, has not only terrorized ...

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Apr 15

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A World Cup Built on Exploitation and Forced Labor in Qatar

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  by Kara Napolitano, Associate Note: This blog post was originally published on the International Human Trafficking Institute website. You can find the original post here. Changing the date of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the sizzling summer months of June and July to November and December may make it safer for players ...

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