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Melinda Smith |

Freedom Network USA’s Response to Pieper Lewis’ Sentencing

Freedom Network USA is appalled by the sentence handed down to a child human trafficking survivor this week. Multiple media sources have shared the story of Pieper Lewis, a traumatized minor who experienced multiple forms of abuse and exploitation during…

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Haley Epping |

Human Trafficking and the Marijuana Industry

Everyone deserves to be safe in their home and workplace. However, this is not the case for those who are survivors of labor trafficking. Recently, NBC reported on a labor trafficking case on a marijuana farm in Southern California. This…

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Haley Epping |

What to Know About Labor Trafficking

Labor trafficking is the most prevalent form of trafficking. Since labor trafficking is often not highlighted, there are a lot of misconceptions about what it is and who is affected by it. 1. Labor trafficking is glossed over or not…

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Haley Epping |

Intersectionality between Substance Use and Human Trafficking

Written by Noël Crowley Substance use and human trafficking The intersection between substance use and human trafficking is not a new phenomenon. It is widely accepted that substance use is a vulnerability factor that may leave individuals more susceptible to…

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Haley Epping |

Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors

How to support LGBTQ+ youth trafficking survivors? LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately vulnerable to trafficking due to homophobia and transphobia. Many LGBTQ+ youth grow up in unsupportive households, which can cause a traumatic upbringing. Some youth are kicked out of their…

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Haley Epping |

Transphobia and Human Trafficking

When we talk about the fundamental causes of trafficking, we often focus on how people’s identities can make them vulnerable. However, we must make it clear that their identity does not make them inherently more susceptible to trafficking. Instead, the…

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Haley Epping |

Human Trafficking Awareness Month 2022

Buy a T-shirt! In order to spread awareness and support our work during Human Trafficking Awareness Month you can purchase a t-shirt here!     #TruthAboutTrafficking on Social Media Follow our social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) this month as we…

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Haley Epping |

The Intersection of Forced Marriage and Human Trafficking

Written by Terri Waldron While human trafficking and forced marriage are distinguishably different human rights violations, there can be similarities in the experiences for survivors of these crimes. The vulnerabilities that leave individuals susceptible to human trafficking are often the…

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Haley Epping |

Impact of Arrest and Conviction Histories on Trafficking Survivors

Written by K.B. White Human trafficking survivors are often arrested, prosecuted, and convicted for crimes that their traffickers forced them to commit. As a result, survivors are marked by criminal records that create barriers to housing, employment, education, and even…

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Haley Epping |

Interview with Mariah Grant about Decriminalizing Sex Work

Answers by Mariah Grant, Director of Research and Advocacy at The Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center How do you think the US government can best assist sex workers? I would first emphasize that people who do sex…

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Haley Epping |

Trafficking in Rural America

Rural Areas Create Vulnerabilities Rural areas are known for having fewer people and a thick country landscape. While envisioning a rural community, human trafficking may not come to mind for most. However, many factors present vulnerabilities for trafficking survivors in…

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Haley Epping |

Every Survivor Counts: Interview with Yuri Guerrero

The following is an interview with one of our members Yuri Guerrero who is a survivor of labor trafficking and has been a survivor advocate for over 3 years. Why did you choose to get involved in the anti-trafficking movement?…

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Melinda Smith |

The Foster Care System and Human Trafficking

May is National Foster Care Month! As professionals working to combat human trafficking, it is essential to recognize the intersections between the foster care system and human trafficking. A flawed child welfare system perpetuates deep-seated cracks which vulnerable adolescents inevitably…

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Haley Epping |

Climate Change Harms Indigenous Communities.

This Earth Day, we reflect on how both human trafficking and environmental racism harm Indigenous communities, specifically women. We can see this intersection clearly in oil pipeline construction, such as Line 3, which is currently being built in Minnesota on…

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Haley Epping |

Chauvin’s Conviction is Not Justice.

A note from our Executive Director: Justice for George Floyd is not found in a conviction.   We knew that the outcome, no matter what would be painful. It is, at least, an acknowledgment of the terrible harm committed against…

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Melinda Smith |

Standing with our AAPI Community

Freedom Network USA, today and every day, stands with our AAPI friends, neighbors, colleagues, and family members. In Georgia, Asian women working in Asian-owned massage and spa businesses were targeted in a display of racialized, gendered violence, which has left…

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Haley Epping |

Anti-Racism Work is Essential in the Anti-Trafficking Movement

A special thank you to Jatnna Gomez from the University of Maryland SAFE Center for her input. For Freedom Network USA, Black History Month is a time to celebrate Black Excellence and continue focusing on how the anti-trafficking field can…

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Melinda Smith |

Human Trafficking and the Super Bowl

It’s that time of year again…..Super Bowl weekend. Every year as the big game approaches, people turn their attention to sex trafficking. Local and national media outlets suggest that large sporting events are linked to spikes in human trafficking. On…

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Melinda Smith |

Response to the Insurrection at the Capitol

A note from our Executive Director: This week has laid bare, again and in ways that more people are forced to recognize, the deep and abiding racism of America. The reaction to a white riot attempting to take control of…

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Haley Epping |

Interview with Kate Mogulescu About Landmark Decision

The following is an interview with one of our members Kate Mogulescu who was involved in a landmark decision to free a human trafficking survivor under a new New York State Law. *Thank you to Patrice Smith for giving us…

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