Eyes on Trafficking

Human trafficking articles and commentary from different perspectives.

FIFA must compensate workers behind the 2022 World Cup
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FIFA must compensate workers behind the 2022 World Cup

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Football Supporters Europe, and the Building and Wood Workers’ International union, among other U.K. human rights organizations, are calling on FIFA to implement a reparations plan for the hundreds of migrant workers whose human rights have been violated in Qatar. According to these organizations, FIFA should “set aside an amount…

ATEST Urges Quick Confirmation of Cindy Dyer as Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
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ATEST Urges Quick Confirmation of Cindy Dyer as Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

WASHINGTON – The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) applauds President Biden’s recent nomination of Cindy Dyer to direct the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP), with the rank of Ambassador at Large. We urge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the full Senate to quickly confirm her nomination. Ms. Dyer…

Trapped at sea: how U.K. migration policies drive exploitation in fishing
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Trapped at sea: how U.K. migration policies drive exploitation in fishing

Imagine being trapped on a boat with no toilets or showers, facing sea conditions that the vessel is not fit for. This is the reality of James*, a migrant fisherman working in the U.K.   What bothers him most is the cold; there is no heater and temperatures drop below 0°C (32° F). But James…

Data leaked on the whereabouts of thousands of missing Uyghurs
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Data leaked on the whereabouts of thousands of missing Uyghurs

Uyghur activist Nursimangul Abdureshid is a refugee in Turkey. She lost contact with her family five years ago and did not know where they were until 2020. Through the Chinese embassy in Ankara, she was able to confirm that her parents and her younger brother, Memetili, had been imprisoned on terrorism charges. Thanks to the…

Immunity for sex workers reporting crimes will help trafficking victims
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Immunity for sex workers reporting crimes will help trafficking victims

 Six years ago, Laura Mullen was raped by members of a criminal gang at knifepoint on Long Island. But her fear of being charged for prostitution stopped her from reporting the crime.   Today, she is advocating for legislation that gives sex workers and trafficking victims immunity from prosecution when they report crimes and seek…

Will states stick by safe migration commitments?
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Will states stick by safe migration commitments?

The UN’s first International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) got underway this week, a platform to assess how member states are progressing in implementing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) in what could be “a moment to renew our commitment to the rights of migrants.” Writing in openDemocracy, the International Coordinator of…

ATEST Endorses Key Bills to Reauthorize and Strengthen Federal Anti-Trafficking Programs
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ATEST Endorses Key Bills to Reauthorize and Strengthen Federal Anti-Trafficking Programs

WASHINGTON — The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) is pleased to announce its endorsement of four bills that will reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). The bills each address different components of U.S. anti-trafficking policy and will progress U.S. government efforts to combat the scourge of labor and sex trafficking both inside…

STAY SAFE IN THE UK Resource Web Pack
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STAY SAFE IN THE UK Resource Web Pack

To coordinate the response to the Ukraine crisis STOP THE TRAFFIK and in collaboration Hope for Justice have created STAY SAFE IN THE UK, a comprehensive resource for NGOs to use and share for Ukrainians in the UK who have been displaced because of the conflict. STAY SAFE IN THE UK includes information gathered by…

Could the Ukraine invasion transform E.U. asylum policy?
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Could the Ukraine invasion transform E.U. asylum policy?

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine last February, the European Union has opened its borders to millions of Ukrainians fleeing the conflict. This show of humanity and compassion from the bloc toward refugees is heartening, but also exceptional in recent decades.   Will the E.U.’s reaction to the Ukraine crisis set a new precedent…

Uyghur communities urge UN human rights chief to investigate
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Uyghur communities urge UN human rights chief to investigate

This week Uyghur Muslim refugees in Turkey organized a press conference in Istanbul to urge UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet to independently investigate “re-education camps” and allegations of massive rights abuses including forced labor, torture, and genocide when she finally visits China’s Uyghur Region later this month.  International pressure is intensifying, and Michelle Bachelet…