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The Freedom Network USA Welcomes Jean Bruggeman as Director, Strengthening the Coalition Combating Human Trafficking

The Freedom Network is pleased to introduce Jean Bruggeman as its first Director. Ms. Bruggeman’s deep and multifaceted experience within the anti-trafficking field is an ideal match for the human rights-based coalition of legal and social service providers that comprises…

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FN Response to Amnesty International’s Policy Decision on the Sex Industry

The Freedom Network released an official response today on Amnesty International’s recent policy decision to support decriminalization of the sex industry. FN commends Amnesty International for upholding the values of human rights, self-determination, and empowerment with this decision. Read the full…

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Freedom Network Responds to TVAP FOA.

As one of the nation’s first federally funded grants to support direct services to survivors of human trafficking, the Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (TVAP) program has assisted thousands of foreign-born survivors across the country. On June 19th, the Office of…

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FN Co-Chair Amy Fleischauer attends DHS’s Blue Campaign Anniversary Event

Freedom Network co-chair Amy Fleischauer recently attended the Blue Campaign’s 5th anniversary event, strengthening the partnerships between government and law enforcement, private and public organizations. The Blue Campaign is presented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in efforts…

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News Flash: Freedom Network Member CIW Featured on CBS News

Freedom Network member The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and their Fair Food Program on CBS news on Sunday! Watch the segment below, and connect with the CIW on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word!   About the The Coalition…

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FN Members on CNN: Advocating for FORTE Act

Labor trafficking is finally getting media coverage, as a recent New York Times exposé on labor trafficking in New York City nail salons outed illegal practices taking place in majority within the industry. Freedom Network members Griselda Vega and Shandra…

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FN Member Spotlight: Opening Doors

Freedom Network is excited to introduce new member organization Opening Doors, based in Sacramento, CA. We spoke with Elizabet Medina about the work of the organization and the incredible impact they are having in the Sacramento area. “Our mission is…

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New J/TIP Ambassador Nomination

President Obama announced his intent to nominate several key administrative posts today. The Freedom Network is happy to support Mrs. Susan Coppedge’s nomination for Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking, with rank of Ambassador at Large, Department of…

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Indian Guest Workers Win $20 Million in Labor Trafficking Case

More than 200 guest workers from India settled their labor trafficking lawsuits against the Mobile, Alabama–based shipbuilder Signal International, with award of $20 million for their work after Hurricane Katrina. The federal lawsuit alleged that workers were lured to work…

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Daniel Werner of SPLC Testifies to EEOC

On June 17, 2015 Daniel Werner Senior, Supervising Attorney at Southern Poverty Law Center, was honored to testify in front of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Werner opened by addressing the issue of retaliation against immigrant and migrant workers as…

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CA Labor Commissioner Awards $138,386 to Caretaker

California labor laws are being enforced in the city of San Francisco to protect California laborers who are particularly susceptible to wage theft.  These workers are often entitled to compensation exceeding backed wages due to minimum wage laws, including severance…

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Lynnette Parker is honored by the FBI

Lynnette Parker, Associate Clinical Professor at the Katherine and George Alexander Community Law Center was recognized last year by the FBI for her incredible and unwavering work with victims of human trafficking. Parker has been working in the Bay Area…

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Get to know Tapestri: A Freedom Network Member making an Impact Across the Southern USA.

The Freedom Network USA is working to strengthen the relationships between member organizations. We believe strong bonds encourage the sharing of information, and this new series of interviews on the Freedom Network blog with members will help us build those bonds and…

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New Attorney General Loretta Lynch Is Sex Traffickers’ Worst Nightmare

[Joshua Lott/Reuters] According to a recent article posted by The Daily Beast, pimps may have cheered when the GOP used a trafficking bill to block the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, America’s most successful prosecutor of pimps. But now she’ll be…

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Give Way to Freedom Recognized by State of Vermont

The Give Way to Freedom Organization fights against human trafficking by providing various resources to the local and global community.  Based in Vermont, the organization has partnered with the University of Vermont College of Medicine Public Health Project, as well…

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Freedom Network USA and associated member groups including the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA) is recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Month this April 2015 in the fight against human trafficking.  National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge…

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New Conference Workshop: Unaccompanied Alien Children

In 2014, the United States was witness to a surge of Unaccompanied Alien Children entering through he southern border; it is estimated that one third of the youth attempting the crossing ultimately ended up in a trafficking situation. The Freedom…

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Freedom Network Supports Farmworker Awareness Week

Freedom Network USA is proud to support Farmworkers Awareness Week and all member organizations that work tirelessly to defend the rights of laborers. Courtesy of Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) Farmworkers feed the world- 85% of our fruits and vegetables are handpicked.…

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5 Things You Can Do Today To Stop Human Trafficking

Freedom Network member organization CAST LA has shared five ways to get involved in the fight against human trafficking.  These tips can be applied to CAST LA or any local FN member organization working on the front lines of ending human…

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Exciting Workshop Announced for the Law Enforcement Track

This year’s Freedom Network Conference, “TVPA: Past, Present, and Future: Elevating the Human in Human Trafficking,” will include a track dedicated solely to law enforcement.  As in previous years, this track will include content and interactive workshops that focus on unique ways…

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