ATEST Asks Congress to Increase Key Anti-Trafficking Programs in 2025

ATEST has formally submitted 21 funding requests across seven federal agencies to congressional appropriations subcommittees. The letters ask Congress to increase funding in several programs for FY2025, while holding the line on others.

Four congressional subcommittees control the bulk of federal spending on human trafficking programs, including grants to civil society groups at home and abroad. The ATEST letters:

“Congress can provide resources critical to ensuring the U.S. government takes a comprehensive, victim-centered approach,” the letters note. “Our recommendations are based on levels of programming that can substantively address labor and sex trafficking and support survivors’ paths to self-sufficiency.

“We understand the fiscal challenges our nation faces. However, we cannot lose sight of the human tragedies occurring every day within and beyond our borders. Trafficking is an economic, national security, criminal justice, civil rights, and human rights issue. We can eradicate it only by dedicating the necessary resources.”

Contact: ATEST Director Terry FitzPatrick | [email protected] 


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.

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