Progress Reports on Iowa’s Fight to End Trafficking

There continues to be a lot of anti-trafficking news here in Iowa. Today’s blog post will help keep you up to date. If you have anti-trafficking news, events, trainings, meetings, or resources to share across Iowa, please send to gbelitsos55@gmail.com. 100+ Women Fund Iowa City War on Trafficking The NAHT Board of Directors gratefully accepted…

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Global News and World Day Against Trafficking In Persons

Tuesday, July 30th, is World Day against Trafficking in Persons The United Nations designated July 30th as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons to raise awareness of this devastating issue and to promote the protection of people’s basic human rights. Trafficking is modern day slavery, and this heinous crime is growing not only globally,…

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Funding Cuts and other June 2019 Human Trafficking News

Major Cuts in Iowa Funding for Human Trafficking Prevention and Survivor Services Gretchen Brown-Waech, Human Trafficking Coordinator for the Office of the Iowa Attorney General announced last week that they are anticipating significant cuts in the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding stream. Three years ago, 6 human trafficking programs received first time funding…

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Governor Signs Two More Anti-Trafficking Bills and Other Late May News

Anti-Trafficking Outreach Coordinator hired to focus on Labor Trafficking in Iowa Jessie Johnson has been hired as the Outreach Coordinator for the Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Service (TAPS) program with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). A native Iowan, Jessie has extensive experience with victim-centered advocacy and processes. Prior to joining the USCRI,…

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Governor Signs HF731 And Anti-Trafficking Updates From Across Iowa

Governor Signs Important Legislative Bill Great news! Last Wednesday, May 8th, Governor Kim Reynolds signed HF731, the Mandatory Reporter Training and Certification bill. The signing was attended by board members of the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery and Prevent Child Abuse Iowa. With over 400,000 mandatory reporters in Iowa, the new law strengthens…

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Iowa Anti-Slavery Training, Conferences, and Events

May 21 Human Trafficking Conference for Healthcare Providers Teresa Davidson has announced the next conference on “Breaking the Chains of Human Trafficking: What Hospitals Need to Know.” It will be held on May 21st, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, in the Hallagan Education Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as presented live-stream through…

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2019 Outstanding Iowa Anti-Trafficking Service Awards

The Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery recently presented five 2019 Outstanding Iowa Anti-Trafficking Awards. The presentations took place at the Rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines, Iowa. I was honored to stand at the podium to read the tribute to each outstanding honoree. We partnered with Governor Kim Reynolds…

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