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Trafficking of LGBTQ: Underrepresented, underserved

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By Sangeeta Sunny This year’s federal legalization of gay marriage and campaigns like #LoveWins, have been pivotal to the movement against discriminatory injustice. But what many people may not understand about young persons who identify as LGBTQ  is their connection to human trafficking. Based on what we have learned over the years, we know that

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A 10-step guide to help in the fight against human trafficking

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By Azra Halilovic Time and time again, we at Traffick Free get asked, “What can I do to help?” and “How can a single person make a difference?” While we, our partners, and governments across the country are committed to systemic changes, every individual can make a great impact on human trafficking. Remember, human trafficking

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The power of words and imagery: Stigma around trafficking

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By Azra Halilovic As we move toward our goal of establishing the drop-in center, many of us at Traffick Free have engaged in conversations around the power of messaging, whether it be words or images. Reading just about any article or surfing any image search related to this topic tends to yield the same results: “prostitute,” “hooker,” and “exotic

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International diplomacy, tools for combating human trafficking: TVPA and TIP

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By Sangeeta Sunny The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) has been reauthorized three times since its inception in 2000. In 2013 it was amended as Title XII of the Violence Against Women Act with the intent of combating both domestic and international trafficking. Subtitle A, dedicated to combating international trafficking, is organized into eight sections:

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Where Does Human Trafficking Occur?

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By Sangeeta Sunny and Azra Halilovic The short answer? Everywhere. Trafficking is an international affliction on human rights. The problem is so complex and concealed that it’s hard to accurately say how many people have been or are currently being trafficked, but the numbers are staggering all across the board. Estimates suggest that between 21

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New state, federal laws to protect rights of trafficking survivors

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By Azra Halilovic and Jaclyn Crawford Across Illinois: New law and Cook County prostitution court (Chicago) – In recent months, both state and federal legislators have passed important bills to protect the rights of people in the commercial sex industry on accounts of human trafficking. In Illinois, the legislation — an initiative by End Demand

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Freedom Forum 2015: Photo Gallery

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On May 14, Traffick Free held its annual Freedom Forum at Serendipity Labs, featuring Cook County legal and public health experts personally and professionally dedicated to combating human trafficking and survivor stigma. This year’s theme, “Human Trafficking and Structural Violence,” invited the panelists and audience to explore how violence is ingrained in our culture through the commercial

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2015 Freedom Forum focuses on impact of structural violence on human trafficking

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By Azra Halilovic (Chicago) – Traffick Free held its annual Freedom Forum at Serendipity Labs in Chicago on May 14, featuring a group of Cook County legal and public health experts dedicated to combating human trafficking and the discrimination faced by survivors. This year’s theme, “Human Trafficking and Structural Violence,” explored how violence is ingrained in

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The Profile of Human Trafficking

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The Numbers Collecting data from the shrouded industry of trafficking is an impossible task. Surveying organizations depend largely on estimates and even those are considered unrepresentative of how many are lost to the world of human trafficking. The International Labour Organization estimates that at least 20.9 million women and children are bought and sold worldwide

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The Sentiment of Survivorship

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No one at Traffick Free has disclosed having survived the horror of human trafficking. Sometimes it is hard to understand why we work so hard and think we can make a difference when it is not based in personal experiences. This has raised some questions about our credibility and legitimacy. But is credibility achieved only

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