Freedom Network USA Condemns President Trump’s Executive Orders

Melinda Smith |

FNUSA Releases Results on Immigration Enforcement Survey

Freedom Network USA released their findings from an informal survey exploring the impact of increased immigration enforcement on trafficking victims. In collaboration with Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) and Polaris, we surveyed 147 service providers in 39 states, the…

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Melinda Smith |

Freedom Network USA Supports Visa Transparency Legislation To Combat Human Trafficking

Each year, a half a million low-wage guest workers enter the U.S. on a myriad of temporary work visas. Many of these guest workers are at the mercy of a single employer for both their job and their legal status…

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At Risk Youth: The Importance of Accessible Housing

Homeless youth are at increased risk of being victims of human trafficking. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Loyola University, in collaboration with Covenant House, completed the most comprehensive study to investigate the linkage. The report, released this year, found that…

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Melinda Smith |

Fighting the Assault on Immigrant Children

The anti-immigrant rhetoric that has dominated the national narrative over the past year has not just created negative consequence for adults, but also in policies with devastating consequences for children. Freedom Network USA (FNUSA) has addressed several attempts over the…

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Melinda Smith |

Reproductive Rights and Human Trafficking

Freedom Network USA continues to vehemently oppose both legislation and policies that undermine a survivor’s ability to access the full range of reproductive health care. Last week, we joined our allies to submit comments to the Department of Health and…

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Standing Tall: A Vision of Freedom in Times of Change

Across the country people are living in fear. Immigrants are afraid to come forward to report crimes committed against them. They are afraid to cooperate with law enforcement, which only decreases the likelihood that their traffickers will be brought to…

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FNUSA Welcomes Maria M. Odom to Board

Freedom Network USA is thrilled to welcome Maria Odom to its board. The entire FNUSA community is grateful for her service and looks forward to her contributions. Maria M. Odom recently served as the DHS Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman…

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FNUSA Receives Grant to Increase Access to Housing for Human Trafficking Survivors

Freedom Network USA has been awarded $849,980 to improve access to housing for trafficking survivors. The three-year grant will support the Freedom Network Training Institute Housing Training and Technical Assistance Project. The Freedom Network Training Institute (FNTI), the training arm…

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Melinda Smith |

FNUSA Submits Feedback to Protect Trafficked Children

FNUSA submitted comments today in response to a request for feedback from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Trafficking in Persons (OTIP). The agency is attempting to revise the form that must be submitted for children who…

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Melinda Smith |

Important Survey on Human Trafficking and the Administration’s Policies

As the current administration reshapes the government budget and immigration enforcement policy in this country, we are interested to understand the impact of these efforts on human trafficking survivors in your communities. As front line advocates and direct service providers,…

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Reauthorize, Don’t Gut, the TVPA

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) established the US as a world leader in the fight against human trafficking, using a comprehensive approach that includes prosecution, protection, and prevention. This framework strives to ensure that survivors are identified…

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UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking Releases Report on Combating Trafficking US

Today, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking Maria Grazia Giammarinaro is presenting her final country report of recommendations for the US government on how to combat trafficking in persons. These recommendations centralize the knowledge gathered from experts around…

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Melinda Smith |

Freedom Network USA Supports the Reauthorization of the TVPA

  Yesterday, S. 1311, the Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017, was introduced in the Senate by original co-sponsors Cornyn, Klobuchar, Grassley, Feinstein, Corker, Brown, Heller, Wyden, Rubio, Coons and Hatch.   Today, Senators Grassley, Feinstein, Cornyn, Klobuchar, Corker and…

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FNUSA Congressional Briefing Addresses Prevention and Services for Survivors

Freedom Network USA (FNUSA) hosted its first congressional briefing on Tuesday April 3rd in Washington, DC. The briefing, sponsored by Representative Don Beyer of Virginia, focused on a comprehensive approach to addressing human trafficking in the United States. FNUSA Executive Director,…

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FNUSA Hosts House Briefing on Preventing Human Trafficking and Supporting Survivors

BRIEFING: Preventing Human Trafficking and Supporting Survivors Tuesday, April 4 12:00- 1:00 pm Cannon House Office Building Room 421 Human trafficking is fueled by root causes including poverty, discrimination, weak worker protections and restrictive immigration policies. Effective prevention efforts must…

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FNUSA Talks Human Trafficking and Immigration Enforcement during Congressional Briefing

Several organizations who support immigrant survivors of violence organized a congressional briefing with bi-partisan support last Friday. Freedom Network USA Executive Director, Jean Bruggeman, was joined by representatives from National Network to End Domestic Violence, President of the Major City Chiefs…

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FNUSA Co-Sponsor House Briefing on Immigrant Victims and Public Safety

Freedom Network USA will co-sponsor a congressional briefing this Friday, March 17, 2017. Executive Director, Jean Bruggeman will sit on the panel and speak to the negative implications that new policy developments and increased enforcement may have on immigrant survivors of human…

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Melinda Smith |

FNUSA Comments on Regulations for J-1 Guest Worker Visa Program

Freedom Network USA (FNUSA) submitted comments to the Department of State on RIN 1400-AD14, Proposed Rule, Exchange Visitor Program – Summer Work Travel, 82 Fed. Reg. 4120 (Jan. 12, 2017) (“Proposed Rule”). These proposed changes would affect immigrants who come to…

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FNUSA Submits Comments to Protect Immigration Relief for Foreign-Born Survivors

Freedom Network USA submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security regarding the “T” nonimmigrant status last week. These regulations determine whether survivors of human trafficking are eligible for a T Visa, which is the primary avenue of immigration relief…

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Freedom Network USA Condemns President Trump’s Executive Orders

Over the past two weeks, President Trump has acted to directly degrade the safety, health and well-being of the immigrant community, including victims and survivors of human trafficking. Freedom Network USA strongly stands behind the immigrant community in condemning these…

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