Human Traffic Watch

Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Spotlight on Domestic Workers

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on January 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm

On January 11th, the nation will once again observe “Human Trafficking Awareness Day” and activist groups, government agencies, social service providers, and even celebrities will be speaking out about the issue. A few days ago, President Obama declared the entire month of January “Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention Month” and reminded us that this year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

I have been working on the intersection of human trafficking and domestic worker rights since joining my organization as a social worker in 2008. Our project started 15 years ago at the Institute for Policy Studies, and today we work with a variety of worker-led organizations. In the beginning, we started drawing public attention to the severe exploitation experienced by domestic workers employed by diplomats and employees of the World Bank and IMF, and over the years, as more and more women came forward, we began providing direct social and legal services under the protections of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).

Source: Huffington Post

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