What to know about the “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act” of 2017

There has been much frustration recently surrounding the inability of the U.S. judicial system to charge those who use the internet as a platform to facilitate human trafficking. Following a number of cases where websites such as Backpage knowingly allowed ads for trafficking victims to be posted, judicial actors and legislators alike have called for…

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…

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.…

Ending the Global Crime of Human Trafficking

A Major Transnational Crime Many of us have followed the tragedy of Syria and the attendant heartbreak of streams of Syrian refugees pouring into Europe. The Syrian civil war has produced nearly five million refugees and even more internally displaced (IDPs). The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates another nine or so million refugees,…