February Five

As widespread and complex as human trafficking is, there is hope that it will one day cease to exist. Quite possibly not in our lifetimes! But that shouldn’t deter us from carving out a path that will inevitably lead to its trajectory of impending death. Which is why it is crucial we all work collectively on all levels of community – locally, statewide, nationally, and worldwide – to do what we can in disabling this evil from thriving.
Here are our top five picks of what our collective community has been up to this past month:


America is finally sealing the gap for good in the tariff law that allowed imported products made from child, forced or convict labor into the states for over eight and a half decades. It was a loophole in the Tariff Act of 1930 that enabled companies to import goods made by the blood, sweat and tears of slaves when demand for those goods exceeded our domestic supply.

Thankfully, that era has come to an end with President Obama signing the trade enforcement bill into law on Wednesday, February 24th, sending a strong message worldwide that as a nation we will no longer tolerate nor engage in the consumption of slave-made products.

A great step in making progress against modern-day slavery, but it’s not enough. There still needs to be stringent enforcement of the legislation, of which the Supply Chain Transparency Act can help further facilitate its regulation, requiring companies to reveal the steps they are taking to address human trafficking within their supply chainsWe should and can hold companies accountable!

2The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) revealed its annual Dirty Dozen list for 2016 calling out “groups, agencies and businesses that are the nation’s worst in facilitating and

protecting access to pornography, pandering and profiting directly from it, or pushing an agenda that normalizes pornography or other egregious forms of sexual exploitation.”Among the worst this year were Amazon, Amnesty International, the Department of Justice and of no surprise, Backpage.com.

Notable previous year victories go to Facebook, Google, American Apparel, and the Department of Defense.

To see the entire list and the reasons why they’re our nation’s worst for this year in perpetuating sexual exploitation, visit dirtydozenlist.com.

3PACE University rolled out a 7-part short film series featuring forensic traumatologist, Dr. Halleh, during her week long site visit. The series, totaling no more than 30 minutes, features compelling topics like ’Eradicate Victim Blaming,’ ‘Crowdmapping Sex Trafficking Nodes,’ and ‘Trauma Healing with Animals.’

This well-made documentary series skillfully chronicles the memorable moments of Dr. Halleh’s visit at PACE leaving you nothing short of inspired, intrigued and impassioned about the fight against human trafficking.

Dr. Halleh specializes in the complex traumatic stress of survivors of torture and trafficking, and has worked extensively with refugees and trafficking survivors throughout her impressive career.

To learn more about Dr. Halleh and the amazing work she contributes to our community, visit arman-healing.org.

If you’d like to get a glimpse of Dr. Halleh’s expertise in action as she eloquently addresses the harrowing topic of trafficking seamlessly in various settings with students, faculty and colleagues, we invite you to check it out here:

4Back in January, we mentioned that Dr. Alexis Kennedy of UNLV was awarded a 3-year $600,000 research project grant to assess where and how the juvenile justice system could have been more efficient in helping trafficking victims (ages 18-24) escape their exploitation.

The research project, titled “Failure to Appear,” is currently underway and are seeking participants to interview the first couple of weeks in March, specifically March 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 9th at the Center for Peace.

Interviews are one-on-one and consist of about 66 questions that should take about 45 to 60 minutes to complete. All responses are entirely confidential and participation is voluntary. A $40 gift card will be given for participation.

If you work with, know or are a young adult over 18 years old that has had experience with the juvenile justice system or child protective services, contact Dr. Kennedy at 702-895-5122 or the UNLV Office of Research of Integrity at 702-895-2794. Details on dates of times of interviews can be found here and here.

5Our work in exposing human trafficking to the community continues with the opportunity this past month to interface with the Latino community in the Northeast Command area, about a hundred latino youth attending the recent MECHA conference at UCLA and with about five-hundred Bishop Gorman high school students.

Human trafficking awareness is gaining traction in every corner of our community, which proves essential to prevention and increases possibilities of community partnerships.

As we know, human trafficking affects people of all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religious affiliations, age, and gender. It does not discriminate and no one is immune, which is why it is vital that we, as a community, are not only cognizant of the fact that human trafficking is real and it’s happening right here, right now, but that we, collectively, have the power to stop it.

To request a live presentation on the basics of human trafficking, feel free to reach out to us or come out and attend our monthly Human Trafficking 101 Workshop.

How will you continue in the fight against human trafficking?


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