I remember sitting in church on New Year’s Eve, hearing my Pastor say, “It was on this night, 150 years ago, that slaves sat patiently waiting to hear the verdict of their freedom.” I immediately started to think about when I was enslaved. Enslaved, in 2005, in an America that is now celebrating the 150th anniversary [...]
As the first US anti-human trafficking organization dedicated to prevention, we are particularly gratified by the President’s focus on prevention in his proclamation of January as “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.” Founded in 1999 – before the US passed the first anti-trafficking legislation in late 2000, Prevent Human Trafficking (PHT) just celebrated [...]
I get to work for a firm that is deeply interested in how to improve our urban environments. Specifically, we want to improve the interactions people have with the institutions that serve them, and in the process, improve the lived experience, both here in the United States and abroad.
On Wednesday morning at the Center for American Progress, I heard Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speak about the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to combat human trafficking. She began by reminding the audience that sexual and labor trafficking dis-proportionally affects women. Napolitano is very passionate about this issue, and in 2010 launched her Blue [...]
With an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide in 2011, modern-day slavery is a global enterprise. However, in countries like the United States, it is often considered a distant problem – taking place in the back alleys of Cambodia and Ukraine. This assumption is incorrect. Trafficking is not secluded to the far reaches of the globe, [...]