HEADLINES: Trafficking

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This week, the Orlean Council and Children Slavery Task Force convened leaders from a variety of faith communities to a conference on the role of faith in the movement to end child trafficking.  There was great diversity in the attendants, not only of faiths but also in backgrounds and ideologies.  The overarching theme of this gathering, however, was unity and solidarity.  Key speakers included Joseph D’souza, international president of the Dalit Freedom Network and president of the All India Christian Council, and Jim Gamble, former head of counter terrorism in Northern Ireland.  The panel highlighted the need for a universal voice from all faith communities, as “regardless of one’s religion, we can all recognize that slavery is a sacrilege that needs to be eradicated.”  [Washington Post]

In the wake of the landslide passage of Proposition 35, an anti-trafficking strengthening measure, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and others have vowed to lead the crack-down on human trafficking.  California is one of the top destination states for trafficking in the United States.  Over the past two years, however, law enforcement has already tightened its enforcement of anti-trafficking laws, more than tripling the number of victims identified.  With Att. General Kamala Harris at the helm, law enforcement officials are hopeful that that number will continue to grow. [Huffington Post]

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, announced a new PSA campaign designed to increase awareness about human trafficking in the U.S. and provide a strong call to action.  The campaign, called Hidden in Plain Sight, is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign.  If anyone knows or suspects someone is a victim of human trafficking, they are strongly urged to contact the ICE tip-line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE.  [Ice.gov]

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