Governments Won’t Do Right Thing for Vulnerable

Governments Won’t Do Right Thing for Vulnerable

This week we celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the momentous document created in the aftermath of World War II. The United Nations included this statement as Article 4 of the declaration: “No one shall...
How QAnon Has Hijacked Anti-Trafficking Movement

How QAnon Has Hijacked Anti-Trafficking Movement

When I joined the anti-human trafficking movement, I was impressed by how apolitical it was. The first federal legislation regarding human trafficking – the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 – was sponsored by 38 Republicans and Democrats and passed almost...
Human Trafficking: Following Myths, Missing Reality

Human Trafficking: Following Myths, Missing Reality

We sat around the table asking each other, “How can we address this?” A relative of one of our anti-trafficking coalition’s committee members had posted an article about a ruse where girls were lured to cars in a mall parking lot and kidnapped. After the abduction,...
Families, Individuals Often Drive Human Trafficking

Families, Individuals Often Drive Human Trafficking

Juana* (name changed) was barely 17 when she came to the United States. She was invited to live with her cousin’s family and to help care for her three young children while the parents were at work, in exchange for room and board. Her cousin and cousin’s husband would...
US Leads Fight in Human Trafficking – Or Does It?

US Leads Fight in Human Trafficking – Or Does It?

The United States led the world in the fight against human trafficking. But that was 20 years ago. In 2000, the United States Congress passed the bipartisan-supported Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) – the global gold standard for legislation that defined...