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Mar 2014

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Un-Safe Harbor: Why U.S. State Legislation is Ineffectively Addressing Sex Trafficking of Minors

by Lauren Jekowsky, HTC associate As a response to growing concerns about the domestic sex trafficking of minors, U.S. states have adopted Safe Harbor laws. These laws intend to protect minors who have been trafficked or experienced sexual exploitation. Safe Harbor laws have been fully implemented in twelve states and partially ...

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Mar 2014

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Flipping the Discourse: A Recap

by Sarah Davis, HTC associate This Valentine’s Day, the Human Trafficking Center chose to forego candies and chocolate, instead hosting a panel discussion entitled “Flipping the Discourse: Empowerment and Effective Anti-Sex Trafficking Efforts.” Three speakers shared a viewpoint often ignored in the anti-human trafficking ...

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Mar 2014

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Effective Practices to Disarm, Demobilize and Reintegrate Former Child Soldiers

    by Tori Robertson, HTC associate (Photo: Young soldiers from a Ugandan supported Congolese rebel movement group march in an exercise. Via USA.gov.) The use of children in combat is an ongoing and complex problem in which disarmament, demobalization and reintegration (DDR) programs are falling short. While many might ...

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Feb 2014

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Hanging out with the OSCE

    By Ashley Greve, HTC associate HTC associates recently participated in a Google+ video hangout hosted by Ambassador Daniel Baer of the U.S. Mission to the OSCE. The session was appropriately timed, as it took place on the second day of “Not for Sale,” a conference in Vienna bringing together leaders in the field ...

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Feb 2014

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Links of the week

  New blog posts by HTC Associates Silvia Tamminen discussed the plight of exploited migrant workers in Finland’s berry industry. Some of the berry pickers earn less than their promised wages and may also acquire debt before arriving in Finland. During the 2013 berry season, 50 Thai pickers filed a complaint with the policy ...

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Feb 2014

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Trapped to Pick Berries in Finland: The Many Forms of Labour Trafficking

  By Silvia Tamminen, HTC associate Much of the reporting on labour trafficking is about domestic servitude or exploitative work conditions in developing countries such as India, Brazil and Mexico. Countries of Northern Europe, such as Finland, are rarely associated with labour exploitation and human rights violations. However, ...

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Feb 2014

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New U.S. Plan for Victims of Human Trafficking: A Promising Approach Toward Addressing Needs

    By Sarah Davis, HTC associate The level of protection afforded to victims of human trafficking in the United States has the potential to improve in the coming years. In January, the federal government released the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States 2013-2017, ...

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Feb 2014

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Links of the Week

    New blog posts by HTC Associates Associate Peter Rocco blogged about the “Forced Labor at the Sochi Games.” He discusses reports by Human Rights Watch documenting the prevalence of force labor in Sochi as well as the country’s tier status on the U.S. State Department’s 2013 Trafficking in Persons. Another blog ...

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Feb 2014

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Anti-Trafficking Raids, Redux

  By Dana Bruxvoort, HTC associate Last week I wrote a blog post about rethinking anti-trafficking efforts, particularly raid and rescue missions. I argued raids are largely ineffective when they fail to differentiate between sex workers and individuals who have been trafficked. Worse, they can be traumatizing when those ...

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Feb 2014

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Does Public Awareness Spur Action?

  By Kate Castenson, HTC associate  January was National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the heightened public awareness of human trafficking should prompt a critical reflection about whether generating awareness of such problems can lead to effective solutions. In many cases, publicity of trafficking can ...

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