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Human Trafficking Center

December Human Trafficking Links

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HTC Marketing Coordinator Dana Bruxvoort recounts the highlights of 2014 for the HTC, including newly passed Colorado anti-trafficking legislation, three visits from State Department delegations, and numerous panel discussions.

HTC associate Victoria Robertson discussed child soldiers and the misnomer of saying they can “join” armed forces. Victoria highlights the reasons children often become involved with armed forces, including external pressure, internal motivations, a sense of adventure, and ideology.

Megan Hope from the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) blogged about the intersection of immigration and human trafficking. Megan highlighted some challenges migrants might face and their need for legal representation in the face of forced labor abuses and potential deportation.

Associate Victoria Robertson summarized the third meeting of the Colorado Human Trafficking Council, which met on December 12. During the meeting, council members continued to present on the workings and projects of their various organizations.

In their blog, “The Pros and Cons of Collaboration,” HTC Associate Directors Ashley Greve and Jenni Hankel outlined the inherent advantages and difficulties of organizations working together in the field of anti-trafficking. They highlighted advantages in the areas of sharing of information, resources, and knowledge, but also noted drawbacks such as inefficiency and competition.

Guest bloggers and winners of the “The Geneva Challenge on Women Empowerment,” Laura Martineze Apráez, Maria Adelaida Martinez, and Catalina Correa Salazar describe their project, “Empowering Female Sex Workers in the City of Bogotá: A Health Rights Approach.”

An article posted by U TV reported that a bill on human trafficking in Northern Ireland, which would make it illegal to pay for sex, has passed its final stage.

A story produced by the LA Times investigates practices of exploitation and hardship facing thousands of farm laborers south of the border. Their labor, LA Times reports, supplies produce to American consumers.

Mississippi, led by Governor Phil Byrant, has joined other states in creating a task force on human trafficking aiming to improve state legislation.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is using digital tools, known as “big data,” across the web to assist law enforcement in catching perpetrators of sex trafficking. This story is presented by Global Post.

One Response to “December Human Trafficking Links”

  1. LindaRosaRN

    It was disheartening to see the bill to make online advertising to “re-home” (mostly) foreign adoptees used by some special interests to promote “Attachment Therapy” – a brutal therapy & parenting method that problem is much to blame for the re-homing phenomenon to begin with.

    “Attachment Therapy,” its highly authoritarian parenting method, and its unrecognized diagnosis “Attachment Disorder” (deliberately conflated with Reactive Attachment Disorder) were all denounced as inappropriate for all children in 2006 by APSAC and the APA’s Division on Child Maltreatment. Numerous high profile criminal child abuse and death cases have been linked to Attachment Therapy/Parenting.

    Over half of the re-homing ads in the Reuter’s investigation give clues that these children and their adoptive parents were caught up in Attachment Therapy — what some experts call a “therapy cult.”

    Attachment Therapy got its start in Evergreen, Colorado, back in the 1970s and is still being used in the state today. The practice was widely promoted and funded by DHS state and local agencies. With the increased interest in foreign adoption by fundamentalists, Attachment Therapy appears to experiencing a revival.

    I hope the Human Trafficking Center will take an interest in this form of torture and forced child labor as it is right in its own backyard.

    For more info: http://www.childrenintherapy.org

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