Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST)

The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) is a U.S.-based coalition that advocates for solutions to prevent and end all forms of human trafficking and modern slavery around the world.

ATEST Applauds Senate Passage of the Second of Four Bills to Reauthorize Trafficking Victims Protection Act
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ATEST Applauds Senate Passage of the Second of Four Bills to Reauthorize Trafficking Victims Protection Act

WASHINGTON – The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) thanks members of the U.S. Senate for passage this week of the International Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 4171). This bill is a key component of a four-part package of legislation to reauthorize the legal framework for efforts by the United States to combat… Read more »

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ATEST Joins 30+ Organizations to Oppose Industry Proposal that could Increase Imports of Forced Labor Products into U.S.
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ATEST Joins 30+ Organizations to Oppose Industry Proposal that could Increase Imports of Forced Labor Products into U.S.

October 20, 2022 The Honorable Chris Magnus Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20229 Re: Open Letter on Trade Data Transparency Dear Commissioner Magnus, The undersigned organizations and advocates write to express our collective outrage at a  recent proposal driven by industry groups as part of the Commercial… Read more »

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ATEST Requests Biden-Harris Administration Dedicate $1.25 Billion to Combat Human Trafficking in Fiscal Year 2024
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ATEST Requests Biden-Harris Administration Dedicate $1.25 Billion to Combat Human Trafficking in Fiscal Year 2024

ATEST Requests Biden-Harris Administration Dedicate $1.25 Billion to Combat Human Trafficking in Fiscal Year 2024 October 5, 2022 • 12:42 pm • Terry FitzPatrick WASHINGTON – The scale of forced labor is increasing worldwide, and the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) is recommending the U.S. government increase funding to meet the growing human…

ATEST Urges California’s Governor to Sign Bill Regulating Foreign Labor Recruitment
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ATEST Urges California’s Governor to Sign Bill Regulating Foreign Labor Recruitment

Terry FitzPatrick California has often been a human rights trendsetter, and Governor Gavin Newsom has an opportunity this month to extend safeguards for temporary migrant workers who are too easily exploited in forced labor, debt bondage and other forms of severe labor abuses.. The State Assembly has passed AB 364, which ATEST has endorsed, to…

CNN op-ed: Five reasons I’m optimistic despite grim new statistics on forced labor
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CNN op-ed: Five reasons I’m optimistic despite grim new statistics on forced labor

Editor’s note: there are multiple videos on the original post’s page here. Terry FitzPatrick is director of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking, a coalition of US-based organizations working to prevent and combat forced labor and human trafficking in more than 100 countries. He is writing in his personal capacity as an expert with…

ATEST Joins Others to Support Passage of Bill to Help Trafficking Survivors Clear their Names of Wrongful Criminal Records
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ATEST Joins Others to Support Passage of Bill to Help Trafficking Survivors Clear their Names of Wrongful Criminal Records

Terry FitzPatrick September 14, 2022 The undersigned non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and anti-trafficking leaders who work to end human trafficking, write in support of H.R. 8672, the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act of 2022 (TSRA) introduced by Representatives Owens (R-UT) and Lieu (D-CA) in the House of Representatives. A companion bill is pending introduction in the Senate….

New Statistics Underscore Need for Reauthorization of Trafficking Victims Protection Act and Significant Increase in Funding for Anti-trafficking Programs | ATEST Releases Updated Fact Sheet for Federal Candidates in 2022 Midterms
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New Statistics Underscore Need for Reauthorization of Trafficking Victims Protection Act and Significant Increase in Funding for Anti-trafficking Programs | ATEST Releases Updated Fact Sheet for Federal Candidates in 2022 Midterms

Terry FitzPatrick WASHINGTON – This week’s release of the latest Global Estimates of Modern Slavery is an urgent call to action. More people have been trafficked into forced labor worldwide than ever before. Globally, 28 million people are toiling against their will every day at factories, construction sites, mines, farms, brothels, and in private homes…

ATEST Recommendations to U.S. Trade Representative on Developing a Forced Labor Trade Policy
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ATEST Recommendations to U.S. Trade Representative on Developing a Forced Labor Trade Policy

Terry FitzPatrick August 5, 2022The Honorable Katherine TaiU.S. Trade RepresentativeWashington, DCElectronic Submission to Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.govDocket Number USTR–2022–0006Re: Trade Strategy to Combat Forced Labor Dear Ambassador Tai, Thank you for your leadership in the battle against forced labor by announcing that your office will develop a Forced Labor Trade Strategy. Forced labor is not…

ATEST Applauds Overwhelming Bipartisan House Passage of the First of Four Bills to Reauthorize Trafficking Victims Protection Act
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ATEST Applauds Overwhelming Bipartisan House Passage of the First of Four Bills to Reauthorize Trafficking Victims Protection Act

ATEST Applauds Overwhelming Bipartisan House Passage of the First of Four Bills to Reauthorize Trafficking Victims Protection Act July 27, 2022 • 5:37 pm • Terry FitzPatrick WASHINGTON – Legislation to reauthorize the key law that underpins the U.S. government’s efforts to combat human trafficking and forced labor has passed the House of Representatives with…

2022 TIP Report Underscores that Extensive Work is Needed to Improve Global Efforts to Protect People from Human Traffickers
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2022 TIP Report Underscores that Extensive Work is Needed to Improve Global Efforts to Protect People from Human Traffickers

Terry FitzPatrick WASHINGTON – The 2022 U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which reviews responses by governments to combat human trafficking and forced labor worldwide, reveals that significant increases in political will and funding are needed to meaningfully improve global efforts to end forced labor and sex trafficking. The 2022 report chronicles…