John Vanek — Author of “The Essential Abolitionist — What you need to know about Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery” (read the book review by Alysone Hussmann)
PATH is pleased to congratulate John Vanek, listed #14 in the 2017 Top 100 Human Trafficking & Slavery Influence Leaders. See the full list here.
John Vanek, PATH Consultant, recently gave a TED Talk in Carson City, “Seeking the Truth in Human Trafficking (and other things)”. We are pleased to present it here.
AB 1227 Human Trafficking Prevention and Education Act – Governer Jerry Brown signed AB 1227, which will help keep children from being expointed for labor or sex by requiring school districts to include human trafficking prevention education in grades 7-12 as part of comprehensive sexual health education. “By providing prevention education, AB 127 aims to attack the problem of human trafficking at the root,” said Rob Bonta (District 18 Assembly member). “The goal is not only to identify students who are actively being trafficked but also to reduce the number of students who could become victims, buyers, or traffickers. Successful education has the potential to prevent the trauma endured by those who are exploited.” Compared to other states, California has the highest rates of human trafficking in the nation. The education outlined in AB1227 will focus on human trafficking identification and prevention, and must occur once in middle school and once in high school. The bill also mandates training about human trafficking for school district personnel. 10/7/17
United Against Slavery — This article is worth reading, as it points out some of the failings of the annual Trafficking in Persons Report. Every year when the TIP Report is released, there is a certain level of excitement within the anti-trafficking community, but each year is typically a make-over of past years’ reports. It has always been a political document (it is issued by the Dept of State), with a country’s ranking in the report potentially having consequences for that country’s relationship with the U.S., including military and financial aid. As the piece points out, it coup do a much better job of addressing what we are doing in the U.S. For both sex and labor trafficking victims. 7/28/1
AB-1227 Human Trafficking Prevention Education and Training Act — PATH joins our partner, 3 Strands Global in supporting AB-1227, which will require California public schools to offer human trafficking prevention education to teachers and students. This is a huge step towards our vision of a world free from human trafficking.
Blue Campaign — The unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.
United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime — Human Trafficking — UNODC, as guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols thereto, assists States in their efforts to implement the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons (Trafficking in Persons Protocol).
ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) — investigates human trafficking, which they state is akin to modern-day slavery, and is one of the most heinous crimes that ICE investigates.
Thorn — is an organization that was founded by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore to combat human trafficking. In their words: “We refuse to live in a world where any person must continue to endure unthinkable abuse simply because existing technology hasn’t been used to find them.
End Slavery Now — Learn about slavery today, connect with an organization, and browse ways to get involved in the fight against human trafficking and modern day slavery.