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Summary and Analysis of “An Exploratory Study of Labor Trafficking Among U.S. Citizen Victims”

By Maddie Lerum & Regina Bernadin When it comes to research studies on labor trafficking within the United States, a majority of existing research literature is focused on immigrant victims—those who come to the U.S. through legal channels (e.g., H2A/H2B visas) as well as undocumented immigrants. Though incredibly important populations to study, the experience of …

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Brave is of Black Origin

By Max M. They knew too well that they faced segregation at home, yet they fought tooth and nail to bring revolution for everyone. They were celebrated for a moment, and despised for moments. Show me the color of bravery, and I am certain it is black. They walked, ran and slept in the streets …

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The Forgotten Victims of the Anti-Trafficking Movement: Those Who Commit Crimes

By James Dold  The 2019 U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child noted that children can become victims of several human rights violations, including being used in hostilities, trafficking, sexual exploitation, child marriage, or being used to transport or sell drugs. The U.S. anti-trafficking apparatus, however, has yet to name what is screaming out to us through the laws and facts of these cases. Those …

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Thanksgiving, Honoring Truthgiving: Native Survivor’s Story of Reflection

By Cari Herthel For many Americans, the month of November is seen as a time to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday – a moment to come together and celebrate with loved ones. However, for Native and Indigenous communities, the month of November – Native American Heritage Month – and, more specifically, November 25 – the …

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COVID-19 & Visas for Victims of Trafficking: Considering the Pandemic’s Effect on American Immigration and Worker Exploitation

By Kate Fintel To be able to live the American dream: that is the opportunity of a lifetime for many around the world. But as the COVID-19 global pandemic intensified, that opportunity became even more of a fantasy than an attainable goal. The number of refugees, asylees, and temporary workers allowed into the country was …

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The Coercive Side of COVID-19: How the Crumbling Economy and Changed Labor Market Have Catalyzed Labor Trafficking

By Kate Fintel Among the side effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic is economic distress. As of June 2020, it was estimated that by the time the pandemic ends, an estimated 195 million full-time jobs will have been eliminated. What does this mean? Well, in the least, according to the World Bank’s recent prediction, some 70 million …

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From Overlooked to “Essential”: Why Many Workers are Actually Facing Greater Exploitation and Abuse, Regardless of their Fancy New Designation

By Kate Fintel In an article by Robin Hassler Thompson, JD, MA, Executive Director of the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center, which provides community education programs and direct services to sex and labor trafficking survivors in the Tallahassee area, Ms. Thompson quotes an anonymous trafficking survivor: “Before COVID-19, we were ‘low-wage, low-skilled’ workers, but now, …

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