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The 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report

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The 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report highlights the impact of human trafficking on global communities and provides resources for those affected. It highlights the importance of survivors’ expertise in developing anti-trafficking strategies and the need to focus on vulnerable and marginalized populations. It also mentions the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and the need to hold those responsible for human trafficking accountable.

Key report takeaways:

  1. The report focuses on the role of survivor leaders and individuals with lived experience of human trafficking in anti-trafficking efforts.
  2. The report also explores critical issues of grave and urgent concern, including the inequitable impact of human trafficking on vulnerable and marginalized populations.
  3. The Department of State is committed to drawing attention to the vulnerabilities that human traffickers routinely exploit, especially as they pertain to individuals from marginalized or underserved communities.

What the report is not:

  1. The report does not address the root causes of human trafficking, such as poverty and inequality.
  2. The report does not provide concrete solutions to combat human trafficking.

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Elaine Schuster – Fighting To End Human Trafficking

Hidden in the news of last year’s United Nations panel discussion about how news organizations are dealing with the topic of modern slavery and human trafficking, was a women who has been on the forefront of this discussion for a good portion of her life. The event, covered by The Huffington Post and recently brought back into the light by AOL, was cosponsored by The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Elaine Schuster is the main reason why.

Since 2004, Elaine Schuster committed $5.5 million to create and develop the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University which has a project devoted to in-depth reporting on Human Trafficking & Slavery. Yet, for the most part, her name remains hidden in the those associated with this most laudable cause. Her generosity and tireless passion is paying off. This panel and the Schuster Institute’s reporting project committed to original reporting that shines a light on this shocking human rights issue are evidence of that.

As reported by the Huffington Post: “Among the main points: Panelists urged reporters and editors to avoid salacious details and splashy, “sexy” headlines that can prevent a more nuanced examination of trafficked persons’ lives and experiences. Journalists lamented the lack of solid data, noting that the available statistics are contradictory, unreliable, insufficient, and often skewed by ideology.” – The News Media’s Role In Exposing Human Trafficking

Here is the closing video from the session. In this segment, Antonio Maria Costa adresses the often asked question, “How can I help?” All of the videos from this session can be seen on YouTube at The Schuster Institute.

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