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May 16, 2014 By Jill Savitt On Tuesday, victims of sex trafficking gathered in Albany to urge New York State lawmakers to pass a new bill that would create stronger criminal penalties for traffickers who force...
May 15, 2014 American military and intelligence advisors are helping to search for the more than 200 missing Nigerian school girls taken by Boko Haram terrorists. It is important for the United States to assist...
May 12, 2014 Top News #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS The search for more than 200 missing girls taken from their school on April 14 continues today as their captors, members of terrorist group Boko Haram, released a video...
May 08, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today urged the U.S. Department of Defense, the State Department, and USAID to work together to ensure that the U.S. Government’s efforts to assist in the search...
May 05, 2014 Washington D.C. -  Human Rights First today expressed serious alarm and concern over reports that the Nigerian government has yet to communicate its plan of action to recover more than 230...
March 05, 2014 By Simone Salvo Today the New York Times featured a collection of Nicholas Kristof’s most memorable pieces about sex trafficking around the world. “Inside the Brothels” chronicles the experiences...

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Video | February 17, 2017
Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First: Anyone who seeks to deprive traffickers of their ability to prey on vulnerable people cannot in good conscience slam the door on refugees...
Testimony | February 14, 2017
TESTIMONY OF ELISA MASSIMINO PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST Hearing on Ending Modern Slavery: Building on Success Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...
Blueprint | February 14, 2017
The United States abolished slavery with the ratification of the 13th Amendment more than 150 years ago, and slavery is illegal everywhere. However, the International Labor Organization estimates...
Blueprint | December 16, 2016
The United States abolished slavery with the ratification of the 13th Amendment over 150 years ago. Yet according to the International Labor Organization, there are still more than 20 million slaves...