Library for Victims / Survivors

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.

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.

Department of Homeland Security: Blue Campaign

Blue Campaign Resource Catalog

The Blue Campaign has developed comprehensive resources available for public distribution,” including posters, pamphlets, shoe cards, and tear cards.

Laws of California

California Proposition 35: Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act (CASE Act) (2012)

Passed November 6, 2012

(1) Increases criminal penalties for human trafficking, including prison sentences up to 15-years-to-life and fines up to $1,500,000; (2) Fines collected to be used for victim services and law enforcement; (3) Requires person convicted of trafficking to register as sex offender; (4) Prohibits evidence that victim engaged in sexual conduct from being used against victim in court proceedings; (5) Requires human trafficking training for police officers.

Fordham Law Review

Can Condoms be Compelling? Examining the State Interest in Confiscating Condoms from Suspected Sex Workers

M. Newcomer — November 2013

“Confiscating condoms from suspected sex workers leaves them at risk for HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, and unwanted pregnancy. Yet, police officers in New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles collect condoms from sex workers to use against them as evidence of prostitution… . In the landmark case of Griswold v. Connecticut, the U.S. Supreme Court established a fundamental privacy right in the use and access of contraceptive devices… . This Note shows that by taking condoms from suspected sex workers, police officers and departments are actually violating sex workers’ constitutional right to privacy, and, therefore, the practice must be abandoned.”

Citation: 82 Fordham L. Rev. 1053 (November 2013)