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Businesses Target Human Trafficking
Nine global businesses are partnering to fight human trafficking, pledging to share their resources, expertise and influence to help combat the growing problem that has been described as modern-day slavery.

DOL Releases Report on Child Labor
Despite decades of fighting appalling forms of child labor, U.S. government officials say the problem is still prevalent worldwide

21 Million Worldwide Are Victims of Forced Labor
Almost 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labor, according to an estimate by the International Labour Organization.

Bills Introduced to Halt Human Trafficking by Federal Contractors
A bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate has proposed legislation to crack down on human trafficking by federal contractors.

Human Trafficking: Who's Inspecting the Inspectors?
Ensuring the integrity of the supply chain has become a top priority for multinational corporations as they strive to protect their brand names from being linked to unethical and illegal employment practices such as child labor and human trafficking.

Keep An Open Ear
When the owner of the Holiday Inn Express and Sleep Inn in Douglas, Wyo., was approached about hiring Filipino nationals to work at her hotels in late 2008, she had no experience hiring foreign workers. The agency, Giant Labor Solutions, would handle the paperwork. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But she soon realized something was wrong.

Hotels Guard Against Sex Trafficking
Hotels and airlines are training employees to prevent their facilities from being used by sex traffickers.

Multitude of Laws Used to Sue Human Traffickers
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), which strengthened criminal laws against human traffickers, is the main law used by plaintiffs against human traffickers, but there are a host of other laws that might be invoked as well.

Apparel Companies Fall Short of Trafficking Disclosure Requirements
One-quarter of apparel makers are flouting a California law by not disclosing their efforts to combat human trafficking, according to a University of Delaware study.

Modern-Day Slavery
How HR Professionals Can Help Combat This Shocking Crime.
The U.S. has become a top destination for victims lured by promises of jobs and then forced to work for little or no pay.
Watch this preview video.

Values-Driven HR
Juniper Networks is turning words on the wall into behaviors in action.

EU Adopts Directive to Fight Human Trafficking
The European Commission has adopted a directive on preventing and combatting trafficking in human beings and sexual and labor exploitation in the European Union (EU). 

EEOC Cracks Down on Bias Against Foreign Employees
Foreign workers who were trafficked into the United States underwent severe abuse and discrimination in California, Washington, Mississippi, Texas and Hawaii, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which filed three lawsuits April 20, 2011, against labor brokers, farms and a marine services company. 

New Calif. Law Focuses on Human Trafficking
Large retail sellers and manufacturers doing business in California now are required to disclose their efforts to remove slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains for tangible goods offered for sale. The California Transparency in Supply Chain Act went into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. 

Professor Sues Under Human Trafficking Law
A Florida professor asked the university to foot the bill for his labor certification, which he needed to continue to work in the United States. The university agreed, but when it added to the professor’s workload, he sued under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

 External News

Domestic Workers Celebrate Rights Breakthrough
A new global treaty gives up to 100 million domestic workers the right to weekly days off, set hours and minimum wage. The domestic workers convention went into effect Sept. 5, 2013.

Abused Disabled Iowa Workers Awarded $240 Million
A federal jury on May 1, 2013, awarded $240 million to 32 mentally disabled men who government lawyers said were "virtually enslaved" by a now-defunct Texas company that arranged for them to work at an Iowa turkey processing plant and oversaw their care, work and lodging.

Human Trafficking Victim Can’t Collect From Hotel, Court Rules
A Kansas City hotel and its operators cannot be held responsible for unpaid wages to a worker who was defrauded by a human trafficker, an appeals court ruled this week.

DOD Heightens Training to Target Human Trafficking
DOD has strengthened training modules and reporting avenues to combat trafficking in persons, a criminal enterprise that generates roughly $32 billion per year worldwide.

Amtrak Plan Targets Human Trafficking
Amtrak, in collaboration with federal agencies, plans to train 8,000 employees nationwide about the dangers of human trafficking and the signs that go along with the often hidden crime, officials announced on Oct. 4, 2012.

Order Prohibits Human Trafficking by Federal Contractors
President Obama issued an executive order on Sept. 25, 2012, that is designed to strengthen prohibitions against human trafficking, including sex trafficking, by government contractors.

Feds Dismiss Largest U.S. Human Trafficking Case
A federal judge dismissed human trafficking charges on July 20, 2012, against executives and business associates of a labor recruiting company accused of exploiting hundreds of farmer workers from Thailand.

Ukrainian gets life sentence for trafficking workers in U.S.
A Ukrainian national was sentenced July 16, 2012, to life in prison for leading a human-trafficking ring based in Philadelphia that lured its victims into forced labor, cleaning large chain stores such as Wal-Mart and Target.

Brazil's Modern-day Amazon Slaves
They’re promised work and find themselves toiling in brutal conditions for little or no pay in the Amazon.

Slave Labor on the Rise in Russia
Confidence schemes lure hundreds of thousands of workers from weaker neighboring economies.

West Virginia Passes Criminal Laws Against Human Trafficking
West Virginia becomes the 49th state to criminalize human trafficking.

U.S. Attorney General to Designate Coordinator to Oversee Human Trafficking Fight
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he will designate a coordinator to oversee the Justice Department's efforts to combat human trafficking.

U.S. to Look Into Reports of Dominican Sugar Abuses
The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating allegations of forced labor and other abuses in the Dominican Republic's sugar industry as possible violations of a free trade agreement between the countries.

Man Caught Forcing Homeless, Disabled Into Slave Labor
Korean authorities here arrested 11 people Tuesday on charges of trafficking more than 100 disabled and homeless people into forced labor in the past 20 years. 

Human Trafficking Cases Down 37 Percent, Says UAE Government
The number of workers illegally trafficked into the UAE dropped by 37 percent last year, according to a report by the state news agency.

New Agreement to Fight Human Trafficking
The International Organization for Migration and the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime pledged closer cooperation to tackle the problem of human trafficking.

N.Y. Lawmakers Push for Stronger Human Trafficking Law
Lawmakers and prosecutors are pushing for a stronger human-trafficking law that would increase protections for victims and strengthen penalties against traffickers.

Sri Lanka Eyes Kuwait Deal to Protect Migrant Workers
Sri Lanka is set to sign a memorandum of understanding with Kuwait to protect the rights of migrant workers in the country.

Labor Dept. Issues New Rules for Guest Workers
The Labor Department unveiled rules that reshape a program for foreign migrants in work other than agriculture, which officials said would strengthen protections for those workers and also spur recruitment of Americans for such jobs.

Discuss Modern-Day Slavery

  • What does your organization do to guard against human trafficking and protect the human rights of all workers?
  • What is the HR role?
  • What is your company doing in response to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act?
  •  Featured Video

    Human Trafficking Disclosure Law
    Trent Norris, partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, discusses what companies must disclose about their efforts to eliminate human trafficking to comply with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.

     Resources

    Web chat: Slavery and Your Supply Chain. Attorney Trenton Norris of Arnold & Porter LLP answered questions on a new disclosure law. Read the archived chat here.

    Case studies: Forced Labour, A Handbook for Employers and Business (International Labour Organization)

    Declaration: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations) 

    Online tool: Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking (Polaris Project)

    Online training: United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking

    Policy: Human & Workplace Rights, including suppliers' guidelines, workplace rights policy and human rights statement (The Coca-Cola Co.)

    Report: Effective Supply Chain Accountability (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility)

    Report: Trafficking in Persons Report (U.S. State Department) 

    Report: List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor (U.S. Department of Labor) 

    Report: Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (Human Rights Council) 

    Testimony: Luis CdeBaca, ambassador-at-large, Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

    Video: President's Interagency Task Force To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

    Website: Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking

    Website: End Human Trafficking Now

    Website: ManpowerGroup

    Website: Polaris Project

    Website: Slavery Footprint

    Website: United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking

    Website: U.S. Department of Justice

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