Archive for the ‘Child Trafficking & Exploitation’ Category

The Complexities of Girls’ Involvement with Armed Forces and Groups

October 10th, 2016

October 11th marks the International Day of the Girl Child, which the United Nations established in 2011 to “galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It is a day when we, as global citizens, should come together to highlight, discuss, and […]

The Role of Businesses in Human Trafficking

The Role of Businesses in Human Trafficking

January 8th, 2016

January 11, 2016 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States, and in 2011, President Barack Obama proclaimed January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In his proclamation, he called on assistance of not only traditional players, including national and community organizations and faith-based groups, but also called for businesses […]

U.S. Funding: Anti-Trafficking Efforts Severely Underfunded

U.S. Funding: Anti-Trafficking Efforts Severely Underfunded

April 16th, 2015

  Human trafficking is estimated to be a $150 billion global industry and one of the top three most lucrative crimes. However, current U.S. funding for anti-trafficking programs is about $112.1 million. These programs fund both efforts to prosecute traffickers and to provide services to victims of this heinous crime. The current federal funding allocated […]

The Shame of the United States’ Failure to Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

February 13th, 2015

In January of this year, the government of Somalia ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), making it the 195th country to do so. Somalia’s action leaves only the United States and South Sudan remaining in the group of nations who have not yet ratified the CRC in the 26 years since […]

Ending Human Trafficking: Awareness

January 30th, 2015

January is National Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention Month.   Usually viewed as a global issue, most people do not realize that human trafficking is also a critical issue facing the United States. While data on this issue is challenging to obtain, given the secretive nature of human trafficking, experts estimate that millions of people around […]

Trafficking in Persons Report 2014

Trafficking in Persons Report 2014

July 2nd, 2014

Combatting Child Trafficking in the United States – Progress and the Road Ahead   Katherine Kaufka Walts Director, Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago   Human trafficking affects more than 20 million men, women, and children worldwide. While much media attention is focused on human trafficking abroad, children are trafficked right […]