Advocacy

Freedom Network USA engages with federal agencies and lawmakers to advance a human rights-based approach to human trafficking. We promote policies that address the root causes of trafficking, guarantee the protections and rights of trafficked persons, and encourage survivor leadership in efforts to combat human trafficking.

 

Current Advocacy Efforts

Protecting Services for Trafficking Survivors

Changes in the law, policies, and procedures threaten access to comprehensive legal and social services for trafficking survivors. FNUSA analyzes changes proposed across the federal government and fights to ensure that survivors are not harmed. We are working to reverse the DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime’s (OVC) policy to deny access to legal representation in vacatur and expungement cases. Read more.

We raised the alarm when HUD canceled a $17M trafficking housing grant program without warning. See our statement and read more.

Protecting Immigration Remedies for Trafficking Survivors

In the midst of the current attack on immigrants, human trafficking survivors are suffering. FNUSA is presenting data and analysis on trafficking survivors’ fear of reporting their victimization to law enforcement. We are challenging changes to immigration policies and procedures that make the Continued Presence and the T and U Visas harder and more dangerous for trafficking survivors to access. Freedom Network USA is also pointing out all of the ways in which changes to immigration policies that are not specific to trafficking, are harming trafficking survivors.

Promoting Real and Comprehensive Human Trafficking Prevention

FNUSA advocates for a comprehensive approach to prevention of human trafficking, including immigration protections, expanded access to affordable housing and health care, protection from discrimination, and expanded labor protections.