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September 20, 2017 Yesterday the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Walk Free Foundation released their newest report estimating the number of victims of modern slavery across the globe: 24.9 million victims...
September 19, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First said that today’s release by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration...
September 13, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First’s Annick Febrey today will urge members of Congress to support efforts to end slave labor in the United States and abroad, including by increasing proper...
September 01, 2017 ISIS gained control of Mosul and other parts of western Iraq in 2014, bringing terror, war, and genocide. Many Yazidis in Iraq, after surviving the initial horrors of ISIS control, were kidnapped and...
August 18, 2017 New York City—Human Rights First today called on the United Nations Security Council to approve a resolution that would aid the Iraqi government in gathering and preserving evidence of ISIS crimes...
August 03, 2017 By Rachel Risoleo On July 30, the United Nations recognized the fourth annual World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Initially designated in 2013 by the United Nations General Assembly,...
July 26, 2017 By Rachel Risoleo A company that has long evaded legal accusations of facilitating sex trafficking might finally be held accountable for its role in the trafficking industry. In an unrelated...

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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...