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.

Policy Priorities

ATEST will focus on implementation of federal initiatives included in the most recent renewal of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA). Some of ATEST’s key goals:

  • Advocate for initiatives in the TVPRA and related legislation to receive full financial appropriations for FY2021 and beyond
  • Advocate for effective implementation of 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 development and implementation of the victim protocol
  • Engage with USAID in the update of its Counter-Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Policy
  • Engage with the Treasury Department for implementation of an 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

ATEST Slavery & Trafficking Fact Sheet for 2020 Federal Candidates

2017 Transition Report to the Incoming Trump Administration





2017 Recommendations for Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act