Survivor Engagement and the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking’s 2017 Annual Report

The Evolution of Anti-Trafficking Since TVPA Since the inception of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in 2000, a wealth of organizations and individuals have worked to galvanize a national response to human trafficking in ways we could have never imagined at the time. We watched professionals in law enforcement and prosecution advance towards a…

LCHT Supports Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in 2017

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) – first passed in 2000 and reauthorized four times since – is the first, most substantial and consequential federal human trafficking legislation in the United States. The bill allocates $520 million over four years toward programs that aim to identify and aid victims of trafficking and prevent it from occurring.…

The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report: A Global Report Card

This week marked the release of the 17th annual Trafficking in Persons Report at the U.S. Department of State. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveiled this year’s report with support from White House Advisor Ivanka Trump. At the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, we believe that it is important to monitor what is happening in…

Unpacking the Myths: Human Trafficking vs. Human Smuggling

Distinct Crimes on the Increase Human trafficking and human smuggling are distinct crimes that are getting increased media attention due to the refugee crises in the Middle East and Europe as well as along the U.S. southern (and increasingly northern) border. In the process, their definitions are often conflated, with dangerous policy implications. Each group…

American Crime Season 3: A New View of Survivors

All. The. Feels. If you don’t have them, you didn’t finish American Crime Season 3. From the first episode of the season, American Crime viewers were presented with multiple story arcs portraying a range of trafficking experiences from different perspectives.  This week, those stories drew to a close with final revelations about the characters we’ve followed so carefully.…