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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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Melinda Smith |

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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FNUSA Highlights Labor and Spending for 2017 Trafficking In Persons Report

Every summer the Department of State releases its Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), the primary tool used to engage foreign governments on the issue of human trafficking. The report ranks countries on a three-tier system based on their dedication to eradicating…

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FNUSA Member, Susie Baldwin talks Health Providers and Human Trafficking

Susie Baldwin explores the ways the healthcare sector can better detect human trafficking, and other forms of violence in this TEDMED talk. A leading expert in the field, she opens with the story of Raffe, portraying how a typical interaction…

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Melinda Smith |

FNUSA Proudly Launches New Website and Branding

Freedom Network USA is celebrating 16 years of services and advocacy for human trafficking survivors in the United States with a whole new look.  We are proud to share our new logo, colors and website to better connect survivors, providers,…

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FNUSA Submits Questions for US Confirmation Hearings

Freedom Network USA submitted comments and questions to the Judiciary Committee last week for three nominee confirmation hearings. If approved, these appointees will have a significant impact on how human trafficking is addressed in the United States. Our hope is…

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Freedom Network USA Welcomes 2017 Class of Associate Members

After an exciting year of growth, Freedom Network USA is ushering in the new year by welcoming 15 new associate members. With a wide range of experience in the anti-trafficking movement, the group will help carry Freedom Network USA’s vision…

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Visit to the U.S.: United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons

During December 2016, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons (SRT), Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, visited four U.S. cities to meet with government and local officials, civil society and grassroots organizations. These meetings addressed the successful progress and…

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Martin

Martin was 15 years old when he, his mother, and his younger siblings were brought to the US by a relative after his father died. He was told by his relatives that he would have to work off the large…

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Shandra Woworuntu

Shandra Woworuntu is a survivor of human trafficking and domestic violence. In 2011, she started a survivor leadership program called “Voices of hope” facilitated by Safe Horizon, New York.  In 2014, Shandra was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to be…

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Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman

Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman grew up in Honduras where he was exposed to extreme violence at the hands of his father. When he was 15 1/2, he was kidnapped and brought to America where he was trafficked and sold. When he was…

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Ana

Ana is an indigenous Mayan woman who was recruited by a woman in her Central American village who promised her a good job in the U.S. When Ana arrived, she was taken to rural Florida, where she began to work…

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Bukola Oriola

Bukola Oriola is a speaker, author, mentor, advocate, entrepreneur, and consultant on human trafficking.  In December of 2015, Oriola was appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. Oriola is an award winning journalist and…

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Sarah

While Sarah was being arrested for engaging in prostitution, the undercover officer told her, “If it wasn’t for us finding you, you would be dead.” Sarah was terrified, angry, and defensive. Due to her arrest and the ensuing stigma and shame, she…

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Freedom Network USA supports Federal Vacatur Bill

Freedom Network USA will send the following letter of support for Trafficking Survivor Relief Act (S. 3441). FN USA Support Letter S. 3441 We will be accepting sign-ons from organizations and individuals. Sign-on to the letter by December 19, 2017 here. We appreciate…

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Backpage.com CEO Arrest: A Public Stunt, Not an Anti-Trafficking Effort

As the latest in a multiyear effort to target third party online advertisers, CEO of advertising website backpage.com Carl Ferrer was arrested in October on felony charges of pimping a minor and conspiracy to commit pimping. Mixed messaging from law…

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