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Human Rights First Warns Against Implementation of Honduras Asylum Agreement During Pandemic

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Department of Homeland Security published the United States’ “asylum cooperative agreement,” agreement with Honduras – a move that may signal plans to move ahead with the highly flawed…



To Combat Human Trafficking, Use Magnitsky Sanctions

By Gita Howard Human trafficking is a worldwide epidemic that implicates the U.S. and other jurisdictions on several levels. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that this abuse is…


Health Inspectors on the Front Lines in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

If you live in a city in the United States, you may have noticed an increase in the number of massage parlors in recent years. Unfortunately, these businesses can often…


Flipping the Risk-Reward Equation for those who Reap the Profits of Human Trafficking

Earlier this month, a lawsuit brought by the city of Los Angeles against a Motel 6 was settled when the popular motel chain paid $250,000 to the city. The city claims that…


Testimony of Annick Febrey: Multi-Sector Partnerships to Combat Human Trafficking

At Human Rights First, our mission is to foster American global leadership on human rights. We believe that standing up for human rights is not only a moral obligation; it…


A Closer Look at the New Global Estimates on the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in 2017

Yesterday the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Walk Free Foundation released their newest report estimating the number of victims of modern slavery across the globe: 24.9 million victims worldwide. This estimate, last calculated in 2012,…


New Report Estimates Nearly 25 Million Victims of Trafficking Worldwide

Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First said that today’s release by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), of new estimates on…


Febrey to Testify on Multi-Sector Response to Human Trafficking

Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First’s Annick Febrey today will urge members of Congress to support efforts to end slave labor in the United States and abroad, including by increasing proper enforcement,…


The Latest TIP Report

On June 27, 2017, the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons released the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. The annual report collects the number of…


TIP Report Underscores Need for Global Accountability to Combat Human Trafficking

Washington, D.C. — Human Rights First today welcomed the release of the State Department’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, and called on the U.S. government to press countries to improve…


The Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017 Would Reenergize the Fight Against Modern Slavery

On Wednesday, Senators Cornyn (R-TX) and Klobuchar (D-MN), along with Senators Grassley (R-IA), Feinstein (D-CA), introduced the Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017. This bill updates and reauthorizes the most monumental…