Thanks to an incredible community effort to convince the Iowa General Assembly during its 2006 legislative session that they should draft and adopt an strong law to fight trafficking in persons. Under the leadership of Senator Maggie Tinsman, an exemplifying law was approved unanimously by both chambers of the General Assembly.
It was signed into law in April 21, 2006.
Click here to read Iowa's anti-human trafficking law.
In addition to the inmense contributions by the Network Against Human Trafficking, many other organization took this project into a top priority: The Iowa Catholic Conference, Confrence of the United Methodist Church, The Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Catholic Charities, The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, The Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs, The Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and other advocates, victim and social services organizations.
Watch full episodes of the two-hour documentary "Dying to Leave". The cameras of PBS follow the dramatic journey of people as they are sold and purchased across borders to challenge laws and human life:
The U.S. Department of State makes available, to all U.S. embassies in the world, a pamphlet for applicants of non-immigrant visas to the U.S. (normally for temporary employment or students) as a guide to their rights in the country, and how to seek help as victims of human trafficking. This is a great resource for non-profit organizations in the U.S. with programs for assistance to immigrants.
SOS Immigration Pamphlet
- English Version
The U.S. Department of Labor released a list of goods made with forced or child labor from many countries just in the summer of 2009. It provides a glimpse of the extent and reach of raw and manufactured goods consumed in every day life within the U.S. Without awareness and action to end the commercialization and trade of products known to be made with forced or child labor there is little hope to end human trafficking.
DOL List of goods made with forced labor
Therapeutic workshops available for care-givers of victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse trauma.
Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition
An alliance of over 40 governmental and non-governmental agencies from the U.S. and Mexico, convened in San Diego, CA to fight human trafficking and slavery.
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
International Coalition to combat trafficking and prositution in women and children.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Florida-based coalition of farmworkers against abuse and trafficking - Taco Bell boycott.
Department of Health and Human Services
Resources, Funding and Campaigns Against Trafficking
End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of
Children for Sexual Purposes
It seeks to encourage the world community to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights free from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
Freedom Network USA
National Network of Agencies Working to Empower Victims
The reserach and training center of Polaris Project.
A web resource for combating human trafficking of the Polaris Project.
International Rescue Committee
Prevention tools, information on initiatives and events.
Publishes "Trafficking Watch" a quarterly newsletter.
Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Services and resources for survivors of sexual violence
Multicultural grassroots organization combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Polaris Project uses a comprehensive strategy: empowering individual survivors of trafficking while also creating long-term social change.
Prostitution Research and Education
Clinical research-based site with information, publications and resources on prsotitution and human trafficking.
Research Program under Johns Hopkins University
Research Program under Johns Hopkins University
Salvation Army USA, National Headquarters
Information on victim services, resources, links and news
The Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking
The intent of the Rescue & Restore campaign is to increase the number of identified trafficking victims and to help those victims receive the benefits and services needed to live safely in the U.S.
The U.S. Campaign Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
The U.S. Campaign is a program of Polaris Project, one of the largest grassroots anti-trafficking agencies in the US. Polaris Project is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC.
U.S. Department of State
International Reports and Administration of the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
U.N. Global Program on human trafficking and international laws and definitions of human trafficking
Vital Voices Global Partnership invests in women who are leading social, economic, and political progress in their countries. Home of Trafficking Alert Program.