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2018 Trafficking In Persons Report

The U.S. Department of State released the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report, marking the 18th release of the U.S. Government's principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on the issue of human trafficking.
Screen capture of front page of 2018 TIP Report. 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report.

The report grades countries into four tiers based on their efforts to tackle the issue of human trafficking across the 3P paradigm of prosecution, protection, and prevention. This year's report focuses on ways local communities can proactively address human trafficking and how national governments can support and empower local authorities, NGOs, advocates, and local community members in addressing human trafficking issues.

In covering how human trafficking takes place locally, this year’s report places an emphasis on how human trafficking impacts our communities—in a favorite nail salon or restaurant; in a neighborhood home or popular hotel; on a city street or rural farm. The report argues that while human trafficking is a global phenomenon, the forefront of this battle is at the local level and dependent on the actions of individuals and organizations working to address this crime in their communities.

In addition to providing some general guidance about how national governments can help facilitate the coordination of local anti-trafficking efforts, the report underscores its locally focused vision through the use of case studies of how certain communities (Ontario, Canada, for instance) have worked to address human trafficking. 

The report was also accompanied by a press conference from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Those interested can watch the full press conference on C-SPAN.

News and Publications

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The Thomas Reuters Foundation ran a nine-part series of stories titled, "Chasing Shadows," that explores the links between human trafficking and modern technology. The long-form version of this content features all nine of these stories through a combination of written content, illustrations, and animation. These stories showcase how technology is used as both a tool of exploitation as well as a source of critical human rights protection. To read each story individually, visit News.Trust.Org

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Polaris recently released a report on Human Trafficking on Temporary Work Visas in the United States. Between January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2017 Polaris identified 800 individual victims of human trafficking. The report argues that the patchwork nature of regulation and a lack of reliable, timely and adequately resourced enforcement of how U.S. temporary worker programs can create situations of vulnerabilities that traffickers exploit.  
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Freedom Network USA (FNUSA), a network of experienced advocates working with survivors of human trafficking, released a practice paper that covers the issue of group dynamics in human trafficking cases. The paper highlights special considerations that service providers can use to provide victim-centered services in cases with multiple survivors. The paper describes how group dynamics can impact a trafficking situation, interactions with law enforcement and service provision. 

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Andrew Forest, former CEO of Fortescue Metals Group and chairman of the Walk Free Foundation, published an opinion piece in support of Australia's Modern Slavery Bill, which would require certain large businesses or other entities in Australia to make annual public reports on their actions to address modern slavery risk in their operations and supply chains. He also advocates for the creation of an Office of an Independent Modern Slavery Commissioner to advise both business and the government on what to do if they suspect they might have slavery in their supply chains. 

Regional Anti-Trafficking Collaboration Meetings

July 12th,  5:30 – 7:00 P.M.: Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado. This meeting is held at the First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs (map). For more information, please contact Roger Patrizio.
July 18th,  10:30 – 11:30 A.M.: Jefferson County Human Trafficking Subcommittee. Meetings are open to the public (map). For more information, please contact Amy Sciangula

CHTC and FRAC Meeting Dates

Upcoming FRAC Meeting

July 19th from 2:00 3:30 PM:  Front Range Anti-trafficking Coalition (FRAC) meetings are open to the public. The location of the next FRAC meeting is the Community Room at the DPD District II Station. For more information about the next FRAC meeting, please contact Cate Bowman.

Upcoming Council Meeting

July 27th from 9:00 AM  11:00 AM. The meeting will begin at 9:00 AM. Colorado Human Trafficking Council (CHTC) meetings are always open to the public and held at the Jefferson County Human Services Building (map). For more information please visit the CHTC Homepage.
The content of this newsletter is not an endorsement nor does it reflect the opinions, views, or affiliations of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, the Colorado Human Trafficking Council, or the Front-Range Anti-trafficking Coalition. The content of this newsletter is intended for informational purposes only. 

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