Sign the Petition to the 2016 Presidential Candidates
Dear Candidates: The next President of the United States has an historic opportunity to bring the fight to traffickers all around the world and free millions from modern slavery.
That's why I'm calling on you to make the Generation Freedom platform a priority for your campaign, including a commitment from your Administration to investing $3 billion in annual anti-trafficking efforts.
I am part of Generation Freedom -- and you should be, too.
Thank you for joining us in our fight to end human trafficking.
Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry, yet the U.S. government only invests $150 million a year to fight it. Traffickers make 1,000 times more in profits off this heinous crime then we spend fighting them in a year.
That’s not a fair fight.
Join us in calling on the 2016 Presidential candidates to commit just two cents for every dollar in profits traffickers make to fight human trafficking. That would yield a $3 billion annual budget to invest in programs that have proven to prevent human trafficking, punish offenders, and provide support and services to survivors.READ FULL PLATFORM
EVERY YEAR Human Traffickers make over
There are more than
human trafficking victims around the world
There are more people enslaved today than any time in history
There are more than 20 million victims of human trafficking around the world. They are boys and girls, men and women, exploited for labor or commercial sex. Slavery is illegal in every country in the world, but cases of forced labor and sex trafficking are found all around the globe, including in all 50 states and territories in the United States. Eradicating modern day slavery is not something any individual or organization can do alone. But together, with bold and sustained Presidential leadership, this is a fight we can win.
Human trafficking is a complex problem that requires a comprehensive response. We are asking the next President of the United States to commit $3 billion in annual funding divided between anti-trafficking efforts here in the United States and around the world.
Click on the icons below to read about our comprehensive approach. All programs should be developed with the critical input from survivors.
Victims must be identified before they can be removed from their trafficking situations. Training those who are most likely to come into contact with victims, such as educators, health care providers, aid workers and law enforcement has proven to increase identification of victims. Promotion of anti-trafficking hotlines as well as raising awareness among the general public, are critical, as well.
Partnerships between law enforcement, government officials and non-profit organizations have proven to be an effective way to help victims secure freedom. While law enforcement arrest and prosecute traffickers operating brothels, illegal brick kilns or factories, non-profits and government agencies provide needed services to survivors. Millions more will secure freedom when these strategies are brought to scale.
Survivors of trafficking have complex needs, which may include housing, health care, education, legal support and job training. Every survivor of trafficking should have access to comprehensive victim-centered, trauma-informed care—which have proven to help survivors recover and thrive. Yet many are turned away from access to these critical services because of funding constraints.
When law enforcement has the training and resources to go after trafficking networks, criminals are brought to justice. Justice systems across the United States and around the world need resources to increase prosecutions of all actors involved in the business of trafficking, while ensuring that victims are not criminalized and are offered services.
When businesses hold their suppliers to high standards, and monitor their practices—human trafficking is eliminated from supply chains. These supply chains are complex and span the globe, however, when existing tools are brought to scale, we leverage technology and data innovations to root out unscrupulous suppliers and ensure the well being and human rights of workers.
Traffickers prey on vulnerable people: migrants seeking a better life, refugees, homeless and runaway youth, children in foster care, people with disabilities and survivors of natural disasters. Prevention programs targeting at risk populations, communities and youth have proven to reduce vulnerability. Increasing the prosecution of traffickers ensures that others will not exploit those vulnerable with impunity. Together and to scale, these interventions can help us prevent human trafficking.
After noticing a man traveling back and forth from the convenience store to an RV, truck driver Kevin noticed the RV begin to rock, and a young woman was trying to stick her head out the window, only to have it violently snapped back and a black curtain pulled in its place. Kevin made a phone call on January 6th that resulted in the recovery of the 20-year old from Clive, Iowa who had been tortured and trafficked. Moreover, both of her traffickers were sentenced to 40 and 41 years in prison. With two cents for freedom, more first responders can be trained to identify victims.
Ameena Saeed Hasan is Yezidi Kurd, and every day she and her husband take calls from Yezidi women captured and enslaved by ISIL. With very little support, they operate a hotline and arrange opportunities to remove these women from their captors. Ameena believes there are more than 3,000 women still enslaved and in need of immediate assistance. With two cents for freedom, people like Ameena will receive funding to continue operations and enhance rescue operations.
At 29 and after years of abuse and trafficking, Kayla returned to her home country of Romania to start rebuilding her life. She couldn’t read or write and had never attended school. With the support of her aftercare specialists, a long-term shelter and a dedicated volunteer, Kayla began to learn to read and write, advancing from a kindergarten reading level to 5th grade in just a few months. Today, she’s thriving. With two cents for freedom, survivors will receive long term support and empower themselves forever.
Chairat came from a poor family and sought a job with a Thai fishing company, so he could provide for his family. Instead, he was forced to work on a Thai fishing boat for two years. The Labor Rights Promotion Network rescued him from Benjina, Indonesia, and he is now part of a fisherman’s union educating others about job scams. Two cents for freedom will prevent men, women and children from being trafficked by providing training, education and anti-poverty programs.
After coming to the U.S. on an H-1B visa, Harold D’Souza and his family were trafficked to work in an Indian restaurant in Blue Ash, Ohio. The D’Souza family escaped their enslavement with help from law enforcement and non-profit organizations. Today, Harold is a member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and helped create the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services to Victims of Human Trafficking. Two cents can help advocates like Harold fight for aftercare services for survivors of trafficking.