Policy Priorities

The scope of modern slavery and human trafficking has come into sharp focus in recent years, with estimates that tens of millions are enslaved worldwide—more than any other time in history. Human trafficking is one of the largest criminal enterprises in the world, generating an estimated $150 billion in illicit profits annually.

ATEST advocates for robust funding of anti-trafficking work (including both labor and sex trafficking), holistic legislation and programmatic implementation that includes a victim-centered policy approach, strong U.S. leadership in the global fight to confront human trafficking and modern slavery, and development of a stronger and inclusive anti-trafficking movement that builds collective voice and power.

2019 Policy Priorities

With renewal of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA) accomplished, ATEST will transition its advocacy focus in 2019 toward implementation of federal initiatives. Some of ATEST’s key goals for 2019:

  • Advocate for newly-authorized initiatives in the TVPRA and related legislation to receive full financial appropriations for FY2020 and beyond
  • Advocate for effective implementation of new provisions that require tier ranking of countries in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report to be based on anti-trafficking impacts only
  • Engage with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security for implementation of the new victim protocol
  • Engage with USAID in the update of its Counter-Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Policy
  • Engage with the Treasury Department for implementation of a new initiative to get multilateral development banks to create anti-trafficking provisions in international projects
  • Continuing to speak out when policies or practices harm trafficking victims and survivors, or hurt immigrants or others who are vulnerable to trafficking