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May 26, 2016 Political turbulence caused Shandra to lose her job at an international bank in Indonesia. She replied to an advertisement and worked with a recruiting company to secure her paperwork and travel...
May 25, 2016 This is a cross post from The Huffington Post Today, in advance of this year’s release of the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, five senior State Department officials will be briefing...
May 23, 2016 Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today applauded the inclusion of Section 1276 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (S.2943), which would authorize  $250 million over a seven...
May 20, 2016 Two innovative solutions to worldwide labor trafficking launched this week, providing companies with tools to make responsible sourcing decisions and lessen the risk of slave labor in their supply...
Houston Chronicle | May 06, 2016
May 05, 2016 A new report by Sarah Godoy of the Luskin Center for Innovation reveals that there is a great need for additional resources and research efforts devoted to quantifying human trafficking incidences in...
April 21, 2016 By Meghan Hampsey The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) recently issued two “withhold release” orders, blocking goods from entering the country under suspicion that they were made with forced...

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Factsheet | July 24, 2017
S. 1236: A Bill to Designate Human Trafficking Coordinators in U.S. Attorney Offices PURPOSE To increase justice for victims and expand accountability for perpetrators of human trafficking...
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...