In the past month, the State of New York has introduced 11 new Human Trafficking Intervention Courts (including Buffalo and Rochester, near where I live in upstate NY). According to the New York Times, the new courts are modeled after three pilot projects that had been established earlier in New York City, and the “initiative is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.”
The NY law resembles the federal U.S. law in targeting force, fraud and coercion (what the national law dubs “severe forms” of trafficking). Included in its list of punishable offenses is withholding of a passport or other identity document.
The initiative follows criticism of the weak implementation of NY’s 2007 antitrafficking law. As of 2009, there had been one conviction. This...
Marking the seventh annual EU Anti-Trafficking Day and the launch of Switzerland’s first annual Anti-Human Trafficking Week, earlier today, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking and the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery hosted a panel discussion/debate to discuss the state of international law related to trafficking in persons and various forms of human exploitation, including slavery, servitude, forced labour, and debt bondage. Project Participant Anne Gallagher participated in this discussion, adding much-needed conceptual and definitional clarity – at a time when the tendency now is to simply conflate all of these practices under the label of “slavery.”
On that note, Walk Free has just released its inaugural Global Slavery Index...
Issue 3 to be published in 2014
Deadline for Submission: 15 December 2013
Anti-trafficking funding and work has mushroomed since the 1990s. Lacking is analysis of those anti-trafficking funds – where they come from, who they go to, what they are meant to do, what they actually achieve, and indeed whether they are needed.
Donors, organisations and trafficked persons’ priorities are not always aligned when it comes to how to spend money. In a first indication of a global mismatch between donors and organisations, AWID’s ‘Where’s the Money for Women’s...