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.

Recommendations to 117th Congress for Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act 

In-Depth Recommendations | Summary

Comprehensive Transition Recommendations to the Incoming Biden-Harris Administration:


In-depth policy briefs to the Biden-Harris transition team with detailed recommendations that outline how different federal agencies can work together for a whole-of-government approach on key areas of combating human trafficking:

2022 Slavery and Trafficking Fact Sheet for Federal Candidates

2017 Transition Report to the Incoming Trump Administration

2017 Recommendations for Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act