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    October 29, 2015

    The VS. Interview: E. Christopher Johnson, CEO & Co-founder of the Center for Justice, Rights & Dignity

    by Aaron Buchman & Stephen Strong

    On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, VS. interviewed E. Christopher Johnson, a lawyer who is active in several efforts to end modern day slavery and human trafficking. Mr. Johnson chairs the ABA Business Law Section’s Task Force on Implementation of the ABA Model Principles on Labor Trafficking and Child Labor. He also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Abolitionist Project (MAP) and has been a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission and the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.

    August 7, 2015

    The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015

    by Stephen Weiss

    On May 29, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (“the Act”).The Act – which mobilizes personnel from the DOJ, HHS, and DHS – creates recovery funds for trafficking victims, imposes harsher penalties for trafficking-related offenses, expands resources to better support trafficking victims’ recoveries, and establishes enforcement initiatives to better enable federal and state authorities to convict trafficking criminals.

    July 31, 2015

    DOJ Office for Victims of Crime Explores Collaborating with Culturally Specific Organizations to End Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault

    by Bethlehem Mebratu

    On July 9, 2015, a panel of experts gathered to present the webinar, “Collaborating with Culturally Specific Organizations to End Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault.” The panel included speakers Chic Dabby, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence and Michelle Ortiz, Deputy Director at Al Justice on behalf of the National Latin@ Network. The goal of the discussion was to identify effective collaboration strategies that leverage culturally specific resources on behalf of survivors. This concept is part of the Federal Strategic Plan on Services of Human Trafficking, a government initiative that promotes services for human trafficking victims that are victim-centered, culturally relevant, evidence-based, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed.

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