ABA Applauds Obama Administration’s Commitment to Fight Human Trafficking
President Obama’s initiatives announced today will expand resources and legal assistance to victims of human trafficking and strengthen government contractor compliance with anti-human trafficking efforts. The president’s aggressive action is a meaningful victory for human rights that should rally policymakers and the public to fight the practice of modern day slavery where hundreds of thousands of victims are forced into labor or exploited for sex in the United States alone.
The American Bar Association recently convened the Task Force on Human Trafficking to work with businesses and lawyers to develop a uniform anti-trafficking law and model business-conduct standards, expand pro bono civil legal assistance, and conduct training for first responders—including attorneys and judges—who help free victims from their captors and prosecute perpetrators. As the president said in announcing today’s initiatives, our nation should “treat victims as victims and not as criminals.” The ABA looks forward to continuing our work with the White House and policymakers to protect victims and combat the scourge of human trafficking. We also urge Congress to expeditiously reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act to continue the domestic and international effort against human trafficking.
Media contact: Robert Boisseau, 202-662-1093 or Robert.Boisseau@americanbar.org)
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