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May 29, 2015 The fight to end slavery is rooted in history and extends until today. Each month we will profile some of the brave men and women, both contemporary and historical, who have fought to eradicate...
May 22, 2015 Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today welcomed the Senate’s inclusion of Senator Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) amendment to the Trade Promotion Authority Act (HR 1314). The amendment would...
May 19, 2015 Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today welcomed the House of Representative’s passage of key provisions included in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA)of 2015 (S. 178), noting...
May 15, 2015 By Claire Duguid A recent New York Times exposé, The Price of Nice Nails, delves into the exploitation behind many of New York's nail salons. From wage violations, worker abuse, and a lack of...
May 14, 2015 Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today welcomed the Senate’s passage of section 912 of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 ( S. 1269), a provision to...
May 11, 2015 Top News Gulf Leaders to the U.S. Gulf state leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman will meet with President Obama this week at Camp David. Last...
May 07, 2015 Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First urges the president to ensure any trade deal made with countries that have received poor rankings from the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP)...

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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...