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Jean Bruggeman |

Standing Tall: A Vision of Freedom for Survivors of Trafficking

The Freedom Network USA (FNUSA) is committed to the human-rights based approach to addressing human trafficking. That includes: prioritizing the self-determination and choices of survivors, providing non-judgmental services and support and our shared commitment to engaging in prevention by addressing…

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Melinda Smith |

FNUSA Releases Biannual Member Report

Freedom Network USA (FNUSA) is proud to release the 2018 Member Report. Every other year, we survey our members to learn more about the clients they serve, trends on the ground, and challenges they face. Our 57 members include attorneys,…

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Melinda Smith |

Notice Clarifies Law Enforcement Use of Victim Assistance Funding

In a huge win for survivors of all forms of human trafficking, a notice went out last week to all law enforcement grantees receiving funding under the Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking program. The Office of Victims of…

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Melinda Smith |

Freedom Network USA Submits Input for Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

Freedom Network USA (FNUSA) submitted input for the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report to the Department of State yesterday. Every year the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons releases the report, which is used as the primary tool…

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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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Melinda Smith |

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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Haley Epping |

Barriers to Housing

Imagine you are trying to move out of temporary housing and into an apartment of your own with your two children. You submitted 15 applications to various listings, and all have denied you. You have a stable job, an excellent…

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Haley Epping |

Increased Obstacles to Find Employment

Imagine you are in desperate need of a job to continue paying your bills. You have interviewed for over 20 promising jobs, but you can’t pass the background check because you have a felony drug conviction. This conviction is the…

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Melinda Smith |

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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Haley Epping |

Restricted from Participating in the Community

Imagine that it is the annual zoo field trip at your son’s elementary school. You are very excited to chaperone your first event and spend extra time with your son. You reach out to the school to sign up to…

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Melinda Smith |

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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Melinda Smith |

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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Jean Bruggeman |

Standing on the Side of Justice

It is important for all people and organizations to speak out about what they believe. We must state clearly and without hesitation, that Freedom Network USA stands opposed to racism. We stand opposed to all forms of hatred and oppression.…

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Melinda Smith |

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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Jean Bruggeman |

CARE Act a Key Step in Preventing Child Labor Trafficking

On the World Day Against Child Labor, countries across the globe stand up for the rights and well-being of young people. While the United States has taken steps to protect the health and safety of young people working in a…

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