Blog

Follow us here to stay up to date on human trafficking policy, hear about training opportunities and events, and learn more about what’s happening in the anti-trafficking field.

Melinda Smith |

OVC Drops Restriction on Criminal Record Relief Representation in FY2020 Grants

Earlier this month, the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) released their human trafficking program grant solicitations with a notable change. The office has dropped the funding restriction on criminal record relief representation for FY2020 grants.…

Read More

Jean Bruggeman |

COVID-19 Response and Resources

Freedom Network USA is committed to assisting direct service providers, advocacy organizations, and allies to respond as effectively and safely as possible to the shifting landscape as the US responds to the coronavirus. Like many of you, FNUSA is continuing…

Read More

Melinda Smith |

Serving Survivors: A brief chat during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Freedom Network USA staff sat down to talk with Sulan Chang from Mosaic Family Services earlier this month about her work with survivors. What is the one thing people should know during Domestic Violence…

Read More

Melinda Smith |

FNUSA Applauds Call on the Department of Justice to Restore Vacatur Funding for Survivors

Freedom Network USA applauds the House Judiciary Committee’s letter to Attorney General Barr demanding justification for the cruel and unreasonable restriction on legal services for survivors of human trafficking. When the Department of Justice first introduced a bar on using…

Read More

Melinda Smith |

FNUSA Welcomes New Board Member, Wendy Rhein

FNUSA is pleased to welcome new board member, Wendy Rhein. She is currently the Regional Managing Director for UNICEF USA in Washington DC.  With more than twenty years of development, communications, strategic planning and organizational management experience, Wendy has extensive…

Read More

Avantika Shenoy |

Freedom Network USA Opposes HUD’s Proposed “Mixed- Status” Rule

On June 21, 2019 Freedom Network USA (FNUSA) submitted comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) strongly opposing the proposed rule that would prohibit “mixed-status” families from living in public and other subsidized housing. This proposed rule…

Read More

Melinda Smith |

FNUSA Releases White Paper on Standards of Care for the Anti-Trafficking Field

Today, Freedom Network USA is proud to share its latest white paper entitled, Standards of Care for the US Anti-Trafficking Field. Standards of Care establish basic guidelines to ensure consistent service provision regardless of the geographic area in which services are…

Read More

Melinda Smith |

Womankind: Impacts of Criminalization and Advocacy at Work

A conversation with Aya Tasaki from Womankind, Freedom Network USA member.   Tell us about the anti-trafficking work that Womankind does? Womankind supports survivors of human trafficking through our anti-trafficking program, Project Free, in addition to supporting survivors of domestic…

Read More

Avantika Shenoy |

Rolling Back HUD’s Equal Access Rule Is Detrimental to Transgender Survivors and the Anti-Trafficking Field

According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, nearly one-third of transgender and gender non-binary people experience homelessness at some point in their lives. Even worse, nearly half of transgender and non-binary people who identify as Black, Middle Eastern, Multiracial,…

Read More

Melinda Smith |

A Quick Look at the Public Health Approach to Human Trafficking

A human trafficking conversation with Hanni Stoklosa from HEAL Trafficking, Freedom Network USA Individual member.   As an emergency department doctor, how did you find yourself working in the anti-trafficking field? The majority of human trafficking survivors in the US…

Read More

Melinda Smith |

Housing As a Human Right

A conversation with Daniella Cameron from Preble Street, Freedom Network USA member.   You say that housing shouldn’t be conditional. How can organizations ensure that the housing they provide or refer survivors to maintains that value? Organizations can ensure the…

Read More

Melinda Smith |

FNUSA Releases White Paper on Survivor Leadership in the US

Today, Freedom Network USA released a white paper surveying survivor leadership development opportunities in the United States. Our founders were committed to lifting the voices of those with lived experience and working as partners in the fight to end human…

Read More

Jean Bruggeman |

FNUSA Opposes Spending Bill That Sacrifices Trafficked Minors

The spending bill released Monday night includes cruel new limitations on access to protection that would block most foreign national human trafficking victims from protection, especially those trafficked by gangs or fleeing forced gang involvement. Freedom Network USA, the nation’s…

Read More

Melinda Smith |

FNUSA Submits Comments to the US State Department

Yesterday, Freedom Network USA (FNUSA) submitted comments to the US State Department to inform the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Released annually by the Office to Combat and Monitor Trafficking in Persons (JTIP), this report ranks countries around the world…

Read More

Melinda Smith |

A Step in the Right Direction: Trafficking Victims Protection Act Reauthorized

In the final days of 2018, the House passed a package of four bills to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), after the Senate did the same on December 17. Today, the President signed the package that reauthorizes critical…

Read More

Melinda Smith |

FNUSA Release Joint Statement on President’s Address on Border Crisis

Today, Freedom Network USA joins the Human Trafficking Legal Center to issue a joint statement on President’s Trump Oval Office address on January 8, 2019. As the largest coalition of human trafficking experts in the United States, we are intimately…

Read More

Melinda Smith |

Freedom Network Training Institute Housing Project

Safe and stable housing is a critical resource for survivors of human trafficking as they exit their trafficking situation and continue their journey towards healing and reintegration. As service providers, we often rely on emergency housing resources such as domestic…

Read More

Melinda Smith |

FNTI Housing Webinar Announced!

The Freedom Network Training Institute (FNTI) invites you to join a webinar on Understanding Housing Needs and Opportunities for Survivors of Human Trafficking. The webinar will focus on the importance of assessing the ongoing housing needs of survivors, as well…

Read More

Jean Bruggeman |

FNUSA Call on USCIS to Reverse New NTA Policy

On July 5, the US Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) published new guidance that betrays our values and endangers our communities. The new policy gives USCIS new powers and direction to begin deportation proceedings against all applicants for immigration benefits…

Read More

Jean Bruggeman |

Freedom Network USA Leads Broad-based Effort to Protect Legal Representation for Trafficking Survivors

Safety. Freedom. Dignity. Freedom Network USA is dedicated to ensuring that all workers have access to these basic human rights, and that when these rights are violated, survivors access the full-range of services they need to heal. But right now,…

Read More