New Estimates of Human Trafficking in the World: Shocking but Not Surprising

September 14, 2022
The estimated number of people in situations of trafficking rose by 12 percent between 2016 and 2021, the latest international consensus study found. Today, some 27.6 million people around the globe are living without the freedom to choose how they live and work, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Walk Free.

The Credit Repair Process for Survivors: What We Know So Far

August 16, 2022
Following the passage of the Debt Bondage Repair Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was tasked with creating a process for consumer reporting agencies to allow survivors of trafficking to block adverse information from their credit. This is what we know so far.

Criminalizing Victims: Trafficking Survivors With Criminal Records Deserve Relief

August 15, 2022
Keyana Marshall was just 15 when she was manipulated into selling sex by a female trafficker she originally went to work for as a babysitter. Throughout her teen years she was passed from one trafficker to another. Finally, law enforcement stepped in. But for Keyana, that only made things worse. She wound up serving nearly … Continued

World Cup 2026: An Opportunity to Lead on Human Trafficking

June 23, 2022
Hosting the World Cup is a chance for cities and nations to showcase unique assets, build civic pride and create economic opportunity. It is also a significant opportunity for those same cities, now under a powerful global microscope, to become leaders in the fight to reduce and prevent human trafficking. With just a few short years until the 2026 kickoff, this is the time to get started.

D.C. Domestic Workers Deserve Protections

June 16, 2022
While trafficking and exploitation are illegal already, the fact that domestic workers have few enumerated rights under law makes them particularly vulnerable.

The National Survivor Study Survey is Live!

May 9, 2022
The National Survivor Study is live. If you are a survivor of human trafficking, please consider participating in this one of a kind study.

VAWA Passage is Good News for Anti Trafficking Efforts

April 7, 2022
It's finally a crime for federal law enforcement officers to engage in sexual contact with anyone in their custody thanks to the recent reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Human Trafficking on Euphoria and the Importance of Accurate Storytelling

March 24, 2022
Accurate and realistic narratives about human trafficking in TV shows and movies can have a significant impact on how many understand the issue and if victims and survivors are able to recognize their own experiences. In just a few scenes, the writers of the popular HBO series Euphoria managed to get a lot right about how human trafficking works. This is the kind of nuanced storytelling we are hoping our new guide for content creators will help spread.

Essential Resources for People Affected by Conflict in Ukraine and Afghanistan

March 21, 2022
War, displacement, and poverty create the perfect environment for human traffickers to operate in. Here's a resource guide for victims and survivors.

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