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    January 27, 2016

    We Are the New Abolitionists: An Education and Action Event to End Human Trafficking In New York City

    by Athena Eastwood

    On January 31, Brooklyn’s historic Plymouth Church will host “We Are the New Abolitionists: An Education and Action Event to End Human Trafficking In Our City”. The event will take place at 12:15 pm, following Plymouth’s 11 am Sunday service. The event is free and open to the public.

    Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson, whose office has a human trafficking division, is the keynote speaker. Sanctuary for Families, Restore, and ECPAT-USA will be on hand to introduce volunteer projects, and answer questions. A performance of Trafficked! by the teen activist theater group Girl Be Heard will conclude the event. This event will include immediate hands-on steps for people to take action, including a letter-writing campaign to legislators and volunteer opportunities.

    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.

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