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MAY 22, 2015

ATEST Letter to Support Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Act (S. 1446)

The bipartisan Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Act (S. 1446), championed by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), establishes and expands an existing U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) SOAR pilot program aimed at strengthening health care providers’ ability to identify and combat human trafficking through robust training. This training…


MARCH 24, 2015

ATEST Supports FY16 Federal Funding for Anti-Trafficking Programs

Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry. Current U.S. Government funding is insufficient to fight this crime and to meet the needs of victims and survivors. We need your support to ensure greater U.S. investment in programs that are critical to preventing human trafficking, punishing offenders, and providing support and services to victims. Federal agencies must be given the resources to combat this horrific crime if we are to better prevent future exploitation and identify victims…


MARCH 16, 2015

ATEST Urges Senate to Reach Bipartisan Compromise on Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act

For well over a decade, the work to combat modern slavery and human trafficking has been an example of Congress’s ability to put partisanship aside in the interest of tackling a difficult and seemingly intractable problem. In this letter to the Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, and Senate Judiciary Committee, we urge the U.S. Senate to reach a bipartisan compromise on the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA)…


FEBRUARY 3, 2015

Sign On to Amplify Trafficking Survivor Voices

Almost 14 years after the passage of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, there is now a substantial group of identified survivors of human trafficking who are willing and capable of informing policy, shaping programmatic and funding decisions, providing training and technical assistance, and leading educational efforts. Human trafficking survivors are in the best position to speak to policies and programs that will have the greatest impact. H.R. 500 would…


SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

Verité Study Finds Forced Labor in Malaysian Electronics Industry

You might think about debt bondage in relation to making bricks in South Asia or building skyscrapers in the Middle East, not putting together the pieces of your newest mobile phone or laser printer in Malaysia. But if you are reading this on a tablet, smartphone or computer monitor, then you may be holding a product of forced labor. Verité’s two-year study of labor conditions in electronics manufacturing in Malaysia found that one in three foreign workers surveyed in Malaysian electronics…



ATEST FY16 Support Letter to OMB for Federal Anti-Trafficking Funding

The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) is urging the Office of Management and Budget in the White House to advise the President to request funds in the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget to combat human trafficking and modern day slavery in accordance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013 (TVPRA, P.L. 113-4). Modern slavery is the civil rights issue of our generation. We can only hope to eradicate it within our lifetime by dedicating the necessary…