Trafficking of Rohingya Refugees

In July, the New York Times reported that a prominent, former Thai general had been  sentenced to nearly three decades in prison for conspiring in the trafficking of Bangladeshi and Burmese Rohingya, a minority, stateless ethnic group fleeing persecution in Myanmar. Dozens more, including police officers and smugglers, were also convicted of participating in the … Continue reading Trafficking of Rohingya Refugees

Ensuring Justice: Enforcement of Labor Trafficking and Labor Exploitation Laws

After being recruited for a high-paying job in the United States, Hanh left her impoverished community in Vietnam, departing on her quest for the American Dream. Hanh paid a large fee to travel from Vietnam to Minnesota under the assumption that her employer had made all the necessary immigration arrangements. However, this person who had … Continue reading Ensuring Justice: Enforcement of Labor Trafficking and Labor Exploitation Laws

Rebuilding Lives and Protecting Victims of Human Trafficking

Keeping victims safe should be of utmost priority when tackling labor exploitation and trafficking cases. However, our current system lacks some of the fundamental tools to do just that. Those that survive exploitation and trafficking need assistance in addressing their short term and long term needs. Not only must their trauma be addressed but also … Continue reading Rebuilding Lives and Protecting Victims of Human Trafficking

Outstanding Human Rights Defenders Being Honored at Awards Dinner, June 25

Five people are being honored at The Advocates for Human Rights’ 2014 Human Rights Award Dinner, being held Wednesday, June 25 at the Hilton Minneapolis.  These individuals are integral components in The Advocates’ mission of advancing human rights here at home and around the world. Marilyn Carlson Nelson will receive The Advocates’ 2014 Don and Arvonne … Continue reading Outstanding Human Rights Defenders Being Honored at Awards Dinner, June 25

Minnesota Anti-Trafficking Model Inspires Federal Legislation

Minnesota passed the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act in 2011, laying the groundwork for a victim-centered response to sexually exploited children and those at risk of sexual exploitation. The Advocates for Human Rights knew when we drafted the Safe Harbor Act that it marked a sea change in how sexually exploited youth are … Continue reading Minnesota Anti-Trafficking Model Inspires Federal Legislation

Modern-Day Slavery: Human Trafficking

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking, including sex trafficking, is modern-day slavery, and now is the perfect time to address, speak out, and change attitudes and legislation surrounding human trafficking. The dialogue around sex trafficking is radically changing. In 2011 The Advocates led the effort to gain passage in the … Continue reading Modern-Day Slavery: Human Trafficking