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Jul 16

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2016 TIP Report Release: What You Need to Know

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By Leanne McCallum, Human Trafficking Index Project Manager The highly anticipated United States Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) 2016 was released last month to a surprising response. The TIP Report, which was mandated by the U.S. Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 and subsequently enacted in ...

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Jul 16

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How a Bad Economy Can Increase Human Trafficking: The Case of Madagascar

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  By Seth Daire, Research Assistant The international approach to ending human trafficking is highly centered around law enforcement. While an essential component, focusing solely on law enforcement efforts can divert attention from other important factors, such as economic vulnerability.  Such was the case in Madagascar, where ...

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Jun 16

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The Global Slavery Index: Helpful or Harmful?

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  By Jeanne Crump, Senior Associate The Global Slavery Index, published by the Walk Free Foundation and its partners, estimates the number of people living in modern day slavery in 167 countries. In their 2016 findings, Walk Free estimates there are 45.8 million people enslaved worldwide. According to the Foundation, the index ...

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May 16

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Sending the Vulnerable to Traffickers: Refugees and Migration Policies

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By Amber Moffett, Research Assistant “With the expanded scope of informed participants across sectors, and an increase in transnational research on core legal issues and procedures, there is hope for a significantly stronger international refugee protection regime. The search for the necessary political will, however, remains a ...

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May 16

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Djibouti’s Ranking Watered Down in TIP Report?

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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 first blog – Djibouti: The Next Thailand? – can be read here. As has been observed in previous HTC blogs and ...

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May 16

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Film Review: Sold

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  By Rex Hamaker, Director of Marketing and Communications Bottom line The goal of the film is to raise awareness and money to fight trafficking. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably sufficiently aware that minors are commercially sexually exploited.  Instead of buying a ticket, donate directly to anti-trafficking ...

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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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