In the News / January 2016

USCRI Raises Awareness during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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“It may seem incredible to be talking about slavery in 2016, but according to the International Labour Organization almost 21 million people around the world are victims of forced labor, including 11.4 million women and girls and 9.5 million men and boys,” said Lavinia Limon, President/CEO of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month this January, the USCRI national network, with six domestic field offices and over 100 partners, is raising awareness by writing letters to the editor and reaching out to elected officials.


“USCRI is proud to stand with our local partners to show support for survivors of human trafficking with an ultimate goal of ensuring self-sufficiency and independent living,” said Limon. For over 100 years USCRI has worked to protect the rights of migrants, and through the Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (TVAP) USCRI reaches survivors across the country. USCRI coordinates services to survivors of trafficking through its extensive network of field offices and partners nationwide.  Every day the USCRI network works together to bring awareness and combat human trafficking by helping survivors rebuild their lives.


Traffickers manipulate and threaten victims with violence, debt bondage and blackmail to trap them in terrible situations.   Human trafficking includes sex trafficking, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion or the person induced is under 18 years of age, and labor trafficking, in which the labor is obtained subjects the person to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.


“Modern day slavery is happening on Main Street and we’re helping victims get their lives back.  Raising awareness of this heinous crime is critical to preventing and deterring human trafficking,” said Limon.


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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month culminates with

National Freedom Day on February 1.

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