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July 27, 2015

Remarks at the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report Ceremony

by Walter Clapp

Today, amidst members of the global diplomatic corps and civic leadership, John Kerry introduced the State Department’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. The comprehensive global report, available here, surveys the $150 billion illicit trafficking industry by region and country. The State Department hopes the TIP Report will continue to bring to the public’s attention the full nature and scope of modern slavery.

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July 27, 2015

Washington State Preparing to Implement New Human Trafficking Training Program

by Alexander Hokenson

The state of Washington already has some of the best human trafficking laws in the US—however, even with a good legal framework, there can be a disconnect between the laws and the law enforcement officers and prosecutors expected to enforce them. A law enforcement agency in a more remote part of the state with limited resources may not fully understand how to enforce new laws aimed at trafficking, especially where those laws require major shifts in how officers approach traditional enforcement areas like prostitution. Another major issue confronting law enforcement officers is knowing how to recognize the signs that someone may be a victim of human trafficking, and how to connect victims with resources and organizations that can help them. A law aimed at addressing these problems, entitled An Act Relating to Establishing a Statewide Training Program on Human Trafficking Laws for Criminal Justice Personnel, will go into effect at the end of this month.

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July 8, 2015

July 9th Webinar: “Collaborating with Culturally Specific Organizations to End Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault”

by Bethlehem Mebratu

Human trafficking survivors may need a wide variety of resources, and not every service organization can readily provide the full range of services required by every survivor. To help service providers collaborate and leverage their unique resources on behalf of survivors, an expert panel will present the webinar, “Collaborating with Culturally Specific Organizations to End Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.” The webinar will suggest methods to effectively engage the justice system and community members, and sustain their involvement.

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