13th Annual Freedom Network Conference!

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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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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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FNUSA Congressional Briefing Addresses Prevention and Services for Survivors

Freedom Network USA (FNUSA) hosted its first congressional briefing on Tuesday April 3rd in Washington, DC. The briefing, sponsored by Representative Don Beyer of Virginia, focused on a comprehensive approach to addressing human trafficking in the United States. FNUSA Executive Director,…

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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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Food for Thought from FN Policy Co-Chair; Gonzalo Martinez de Vedia

Beyond the Chains: Tuning Into the Full Spectrum of Human Trafficking A pair of shackled hands. A body branded with a bar code. A woman behind bars. These are the images I have to walk audiences back from at every…

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Criminal Re-Entry Work Workshop Announced for Conference

The Freedom Network is pleased to announce the Criminal Re-Entry workshop, an offering  in the Civil Legal track at this year’s Freedom Network Conference.  The workshop will be facilitated by Freedom Network Co-Chair, Ivy Suriyopas, and will be include distinguished presenters Nadia Vali and Jessica…

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Database Established: Legal Advocacy Resources for Human Trafficking Victims

Freedom Network member organization Advocating Opportunity has aligned with various expert organizations in justice and law to form the national Vacatur & Expungement Database.  Advocating Opportunity provides legal services and whole person advocacy for human trafficking victims. The database provides…

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First of Panel Speakers Announced!

We are happy to announce the first of a long list of experts who will be speaking at the 13th Annual Freedom Network Conference in Washington, DC.  Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks! Suzanne Tomatore, Esq. is the…

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Last Chance for Early Bird Rate for the 13th Annual Conference

This is the last chance to register at the early bird rate for the 13th Annual Freedom Network Conference.  This year’s conference entitled, “TVPA Past, Present & Future: Elevating the “Human” in Human Trafficking,” will reflect on the successes of…

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CIW accepts Presidential Award

Freedom Network member, Coalition of Immokalee Workers accepted the Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts To Combating Trafficking in Persons today.  Secretary of State, John Kerry, presented the organization the award at the White House Forum on Combating Human Trafficking in Supply…

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The Superbowl and Human Trafficking

Every year, trafficking and the Super Bowl come up, and every year, we try to broaden the understanding between human trafficking and sporting events.  Here are some resources that we like to start the conversation… https://freedomnetworkusa.org/the-super-bowl-sex-trafficking/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kavitha-sreeharsha/slavery-at-the-superbowl_b_2587425.html http://deadspin.com/the-truth-about-the-nfl-the-super-bowl-and-sex-slaver-1511917053 http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/06/world-cup-sex-trafficking-201465123438956286.html http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/25/revealed-qatars-world-cup-slaves…

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IOFA NY to host screening for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Freedom Network member, International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA) NY, is hosting a number of events in honor of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  The calendar of events include a film screening of, “What I Have Been Through Is…

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FN Co-Chair publishes an op-ed in honor of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Freedom Network Co-Chair, Ivy Suriyopas, shared some of her thoughts on ways that everyone can help in the fight against human trafficking.  In an op-ed recently published by truth-out.org, she outlines six key areas that are directly related to some…

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Heartland Alliance asks “Do One Thing for Freedom”

Freedom Network member, Heartland Alliance, is asking that everyone “Do One Thing for Freedom,” in the month of January.  They have embarked on a month long campaign in honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  The Heartland Alliance has complied…

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13th Annual Freedom Network Conference!

“TVPA: Past, Present & Future” Elevating the “Human” in Human Trafficking It is that season again! Preparations for the 13th Annual Freedom Network Conference are in full swing. This year’s conference entitled, “TVPA Past, Present & Future, Elevating the “Human” in…

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