Wednesday, January 20, 2016

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

In a recent proclamation, President Obama declared January 2016 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In his proclamation, Obama stated, "Human trafficking occurs in countries throughout the world and in communities across our Nation. Children are forced to fight as soldiers, young people are coerced into prostitution, and migrants are exploited. People from all walks of life are trafficked every day, and the United States is committed to remaining a leader in the global movement to end this abhorrent practice" (Obama, 2015).

For an introduction on human trafficking, visit the Office on Trafficking in Persons website, from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Useful data and statistics can be found on the website, "Forced labour, human trafficking, and slavery" from the International Labour Organization, an agency of the United Nations.

As a depository library for government publications, the Armacost Library provides access to many government sources which document engagement with human trafficking issues. The following are only a sample of documents available:

A hearing before the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations, and Procurement Reform of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, second session, March 27, 2012.

The next ten years in the fight against human trafficking: Attacking the problem with the right tools
A hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, second session, July 17, 2012.

To delve deeper into human trafficking issues, explore books from the Armacost Library:

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