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May 16

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Missing Links and Misperceptions: Criminal Justice and Human Trafficking

Missing Links and Misperceptions: Examining the Current Criminal Justice Response to Human Trafficking

  By Jocelyn Iverson, Research Assistant Roadblocks Misperceptions, preconceived notions and a lack of adequate training have put up multiple roadblocks within the criminal justice system to the liberation and rehabilitation of survivors of human trafficking.  The fact that trafficked persons are already a vulnerable, often ...

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Apr 16

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Djibouti: The Next Thailand?

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  By guest bloggers Hannah Kooy & Sanne Terlingen,* OneWorld.nl This blog is part of a series based on the original, investigative research of the authors.  Their full report can be found here. The second part of this series will be published soon. One hundred thousand a year. That’s the International Organization for ...

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Apr 16

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How Immigration Policies Create Smugglers

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  Note: This blog was originally published on the Allegra Laboratory website. You can find the original post here. By Rebecca Galemba, PhD, Faculty Fellow Since 2012, Mexico has stepped up efforts to combat human trafficking. In practice, trafficking and human smuggling are often conflated by officials and law enforcement. It ...

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Apr 16

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Saving Human Trafficking Survivors from their “Saviors”

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  By Kristy Kumar, Research Assistant U.S. Federal and international law concerning human trafficking make clear distinctions between sex trafficking and sex work. Many service providers and advocacy groups do not. In promoting a narrative that conflates sex work and sex trafficking, these groups often silence the very ones they ...

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Mar 16

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Constitutional Loophole Allows Forced Labor in the U.S.

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  By Briana Simmons, Research Assistant The Non-abolition of Slavery Recently, many prominent anti-trafficking organizations lauded the passage of a bill  closing a loophole that allowed the import of goods produced by forced labor.  None of them noted the irony that the US Constitution allows for such goods to be produced, ...

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Mar 16

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Sanctions against the DRC Won’t End Slavery

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  By Catie Fowler, Research Assistant The Issue The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a nation beset by civil conflict.  A multitude of armed groups vie for power in the eastern Kivu provinces of the country, waging guerilla-style warfare against the Congolese military and against each other.  These groups control the ...

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Mar 16

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A Call for More Research and Awareness on Native American Victims of Human Trafficking

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By: Alexandra Lustig, Research Assistant* Violence against Native Americans is deeply rooted in a colonial history of oppression. While the U.S. Department of State’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report recognizes that American Indians and Alaska Natives are among the most vulnerable populations to trafficking in the United ...

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Mar 16

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Men for Wood: State Enabled Exploitation in Russia and North Korea

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  By Jillian Janflone, Graduate Director  This is the second in a two-part series about North Korea and human trafficking.  The first entry can be found here. North Korea is actively involved in the selling of its own citizens to Russia. Due to a harsh combination of economic mismanagement and natural disasters, North Korea ...

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Feb 16

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Women for Wives: State Enabled Exploitation in China and North Korea

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  By Jillian ‘JJ’ Janflone, Graduate Director This is the first in a two-part series about North Korea and human trafficking.  The second entry can be found here. Too often forced marriage is framed as an issue of culture, socio-economic need, or religion. Yet forced marriage stretches far beyond these perimeters. Indeed, ...

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Feb 16

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FTS Leader Teaches DU Students How to Free Slaves

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Note: This blog was originally published on the Free the Slaves website. You can find the original post here.  By Rex Hamaker, Director of Marketing and Communications When asked what he does for a living, Maurice Middleberg answers with a smile: “I free slaves.” On February 9, he told students just how he does it, as […]

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