Treating Hidden Wounds: Providing Trauma-Informed Support to Victims & Survivors

Treating Hidden Wounds: Providing Trauma-Informed Support to Victims & Survivors

May is Mental
Health Awareness month.

Each year
millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Victims
of human trafficking are especially vulnerable to the debilitating physical and
psychological symptoms of trauma resulting from their repeated, intrusive, and
long-term abuse.

Providers working with this population, in particular with
sexually exploited women and girls, emphasize that trauma recovery is critical
to a victim’s ability to repair and regain her life.

However, there are many challenges to meeting the
trauma-related needs of trafficking victims, especially since a comprehensive
approach, which includes building …

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Viva la Fashion Revolution

Viva la Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution Week is a global movement that campaigns for a clean, safe, fair, transparent and accountable fashion industry. This campaign is done through research, education, collaboration, mobilization and advocacy.

The revolution began on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza
Factory collapse in Bangledesh. The factory collapse killed 1,138 people and
injured hundreds more in 2013. This catastrophe led to questions about why the
Rana Plaza Factory was so terribly unsafe and how such tragic loss of life
occurred.

The investigation into the collapse and the tragic …

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Promising Data Collection Initiatives on the Horizon

Promising Data Collection Initiatives on the Horizon

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) recently released the annual “Human Trafficking Data Collection Activities” report highlighting up and coming data collection initiatives that have the potential to give a more accurate snapshot of what human trafficking looks like in the United States.

It is understood that human trafficking data collection is not
cohesive across the country or even within states. These new data collection initiatives
have the potential to provide a more accurate snapshot of the scope and prevalence
of human trafficking, which is …

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Part II: Racism & Misogyny Fuel Exploitation of Asian/Pacific Islander Women – Misogyny’s Role

Part II: Racism & Misogyny Fuel Exploitation of Asian/Pacific Islander Women – Misogyny’s Role

This is Part II of our two-part series: Racism & Misogyny Fuel Exploitation of Asian/Pacific Islander Women.

In this piece we are looking at misogyny’s role in the exploitation of women of API descent.

READ PART I FOCUSING ON RACISM’S ROLE IN EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN OF API DESCENT HERE.

In the aftermath of the murder of seven women (six of whom were of Asian descent) and one man at massage parlors and spas in Georgia, a spotlight shines on the nature of exploitation and the violence perpetrated …

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PART I: Racism & Misogyny Fuel Exploitation of Women of Asian/Pacific Islander Descent – Racism’s Role

PART I: Racism & Misogyny Fuel Exploitation of Women of Asian/Pacific Islander Descent – Racism’s Role

In the aftermath of the murder of seven women and one man at massage parlors and spas in Georgia, a spotlight shines on the nature of exploitation and the violence perpetrated against women of Asian/Pacific Islander descent.

To be abundantly clear, the murder of these people at Asian massage parlors/spas in two different cities is a hate crime against people of Asian/Pacific Islander descent.

By the very nature of the crime and the motive of the perpetrator, it highlights …

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Familial Trafficking: When the Hand the Child Holds Harms Them the Most

Familial Trafficking: When the Hand the Child Holds Harms Them the Most

A hyper-awareness of child sex trafficking, by all accounts,
would imply that this world has somehow become safer for children because people
are speaking more openly about the pervasiveness of commercial sexual
exploitation of children and child sexual abuse.

But, the sad reality is, that is not the case. As more
people begin to focus on the “stranger danger” myths and kidnapping of children
the less likely they are going to see how child sex trafficking can operate in
reality.

Of course, anti-human trafficking organizations have designed
much of their education programs around the …

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The Victim-Offender Duality

The Victim-Offender Duality

As a society, it comforts us to judge harshly those people
who are accused of a crime. In human trafficking, it becomes incredibly easy to
see these cases with no hints of nuance.

Justice is served when the trafficker goes to prison, but in far too many cases, who the justice system sees as a trafficker is actually a victim.

What happens when the victim is charged with trafficking? What
happens when they are then convicted and sentenced?

What happens when the trafficking victim is implicated in
another crime that is directly …

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Teen Dating Violence & Human Trafficking

Teen Dating Violence & Human Trafficking

Intimate partner violence and human trafficking are
inextricably linked.

Intimate partner violence or teen dating violence becomes
human trafficking when the abuser begins to generate a profit or gain things of
value from their partner’s abuse.

Through the lens of teen dating, the abuser may pressure
their partner into performing commercial sex acts for money, social status or
something of value. On the other side of that, we can look at labor trafficking
and coercing a partner into working — which includes but is not limited to
illegal activity such as drug dealing.

Instances …

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North Carolina’s Child Marriage Problem

North Carolina’s Child Marriage Problem

North Carolina’s Problem

North Carolina currently allows children to wed. It seems like an issue that is supposed to be nestled in the far corners of the world, though.

Child marriage happens “over there.” Forced marriages can’t happen in the United States, let alone in the old North State.

However, data released by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) indicates that not only does North Carolina allow for children as young as 14 to get married, but it is also one of the top …

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Sending Nudes has Become the Norm

Sending Nudes has Become the Norm

Sending nudes has become the norm among youth today. This
revelation should be no surprise.

The everchanging tides of how youth communicate and have
relationships has become inextricably linked to technology.

It has also become clear that youth need to be made aware of
what could happen when they share explicit images of themselves, also known as
self-generated child sexual abuse materials (SG-CSAM).

It is important to note that scare tactics don’t work. It is
also important to note that shaming is harmful, especially if that image is
reshared without consent.

Gauging …

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