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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Progress Reports from the DPS Office to Combat Trafficking and the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Coordinator

Office to Combat Human Trafficking 2018 Annual Report Terry Cowman, Human Trafficking Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS), recently met with the Network Board of Directors to give an update. Mr. Cowman’s (pictured below) progress report was followed by lots of questions. The Office to Combat Human Trafficking 2018 Annual Report has…

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Governor’s Proclamation Signing a Springboard for Building Public Awareness

Public Awareness Springboard The Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery has long advocated for Iowans to learn that this evil crime is an everyday occurrence in our own state. Declaring January 2019 as “Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month” served as a springboard for building public awareness. On Thursday, January 17th Governor…

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