Monday, January 20, 2020

Federal Government Action on Trafficking

As President Trump proclaimed January 2020 "National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month" he stated, "With my resolute support, executive departments and agencies are steadfastly continuing the battle to abolish this form of modern slavery." listed these recent accomplishments: 
  1. The Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) initiative, led by the Department of Justice, more than doubled convictions of human traffickers in ACTeam districts. 
  2. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security initiated more than 800 investigations related to human trafficking and the Department of State launched its Human Trafficking Expert Consultant Network, comprised of survivors and other subject matter experts, to inform its anti-trafficking policies and programs. 
  3. The Department of Health and Human Services continues to provide funding for the National Human Trafficking Hotline, and in Fiscal Year 2018 it funded victim assistance programs that provided benefits and services to more than 2,400 victims. 
  4. For the first time, the Department of Transportation committed $5.4 million in grants to the prevention of human trafficking and other crimes that may occur on buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation. 
  5. The Office of Management and Budget also published new anti-trafficking guidance for Government procurement officials to more effectively combat human trafficking in Federal contracting.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Your Child Has Already Been Targeted

7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Human Trafficking

#7- Pedophiles and traffickers can message your children through YouTube.
#6- Human trafficking doesn’t just happen in big cities. 
#5- Boys are trafficked, too. 
#4- Traffickers can be doctors, lawyers, and CEOs, too. 
#3- Foster care children, immigrants, and refugees are at the greatest risk for becoming victims. 
#2- Your child has already been targeted by a human trafficker. 
#1- Many children and teens are trafficked “in plain sight.”

Monday, December 2, 2019

Uber, Lyft, taxi drivers to get sex trafficking awareness training

The Seattle City Council approved legislation that  "...will lead to a requirement that for-hire drivers, including those with Uber and Lyft, receive sex trafficking awareness training as part of their county licensing process. A training program that will teach drivers not only to spot potential sex trafficking victims and survivors but also how to report such instances and provide victims with information about support services.