Transphobia and Human Trafficking

Emma Ecker |

Successes and Failures of the 2022 Trafficking Victims Protection Act Reauthorization

In 2000, Congress passed the United States’ first comprehensive anti-human trafficking legislation, the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). Since then, this landmark legislation has been reauthorized seven times to expand the scope of protections and…

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Haley Epping |

Unions as Trafficking Prevention

What is labor trafficking? Labor trafficking or forced labor is the most prevalent type of human trafficking worldwide. Survivors work in various sectors like manufacturing, construction, mining, agriculture, and domestic work. It disproportionately affects people of color, immigrants, low-income people,…

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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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