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

ATEST Director Terry FitzPatrick today explained why he’s personally hopeful even thought new statistics indicate the number of people in forced labor is growing.

CNN — It would be understandable to regard last week’s news about the scope of forced labor as dispiriting. Despite two decades of effort by governments, international institutions and civil society organizations, more people than ever before are being exploited around the world

But I view last week’s Global Estimates of Modern Slavery report as more than a statistical snapshot. To me, it’s an urgent call to increase spending and expand programs that combat the root causes of one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time. We can end forced labor if we invest enough resources to meet the staggering scale of the problem.

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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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