Library for Policy Advocates

ATEST: Alliance To End Slavery & Trafficking (A Project of Humanity United)

ATEST Guide To Anti-Slavery Funding Appropriations Briefing Book

2014

“The U.S. Congress has the power to help end human trafficking. This briefing book provides concrete recommendations from ATEST to Congress on how to leverage federal funding for law enforcement to apprehend and prosecute traffickers, while providing much needed services for victims to rebuild their lives.”

U.S. Department of Justice

Attorney General’s Annual Report to Congress and Assessment of the U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Fiscal Year 2010

Dec. 2011

Snapshot of federal efforts in Fiscal Year 2010 to: (1) protect human trafficking victims by providing benefits/services; (2) investigate/prosecute trafficking crimes; (3) prevent further trafficking-related crimes, including increasing task force/agency efficacy/coordination, intensifying role of DOL and EEOC within the anti-trafficking task forces to address labor trafficking; (4) promoting evidence-based practices/strategies, enhancing public/private partnerships, creating public awareness campaigns.

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Backpage.com, LLC v. Hoffman, No. 13-cv-03952, (D.N.J. August 20, 2013)

Hon. Dennis Cavanaugh, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey — June 26, 2013

New Jersey’s Human Trafficking Prevention. Protection and Treatment Act creates the crime of “advertising commercial sexual abuse of a minor.” Plaintiffs alleged the Act violates their rights under the Communications Decency Act, because enforcement of the new law would treat them (providers of an interactive computer service) as the publisher or speaker of information provided by another information content provider; they also alleged Constitutional violations. The Court granted a preliminary injunction, holding that the Act is likely preempted by the federal Communications Decency Act and likely violates plaintiffs’ First Amendment and other Constitutional rights. aca

Wisconsin Department of Justice

Baseline Assessment of Human Trafficking in the State of Wisconsin (2013)

September 6, 2013

Key Findings: (1) Most trafficking cases reported occur in areas of the state that are highly populated and have a significant tourist or visitor population; (2) Early intervention is critical; t (3) There is a lack of adequate services for victims throughout the state; the most notable services needed are adequate housing, healthcare, and advocacy; (4) Training is needed by law enforcement and other professionals; (5) Lack of standardized definitions of, and reporting on, trafficking make it difficult to collect accurate figures on this crime.