August 2018 Anti-Trafficking News

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. The Iowa Attorney General’s office has announced the appointment of Gretchen Brown-Waech as their new…

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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is 30 July

Greetings to the followers of the Iowa NAHT blog. There are five news and resource items in today’s post. Each has its own heading and valuable information. As allies and anti-trafficking advocates, we each have a joint responsibility to end this obnoxious crime of modern day slavery once and for all. The 2018 World Day…

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Identifying Best Practices and Barriers of Human Trafficking Victim Services within the State of Iowa

A very important labor and sex trafficking study was released on May 21st, 2018, and I want to share it with our blog followers. I have attached a copy of this important survivor service research project that was just released by Dr. Taylor Houston and the Research, Evaluation, and Best Practices Standards Committee of the…

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Spring 2018 Anti-Trafficking News

There continues to be a lot of anti-trafficking news both here in Iowa and around the country. Today’s blog post will help to 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. Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids is the first hospital…

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National and Iowa Anti-Trafficking News: Updated

There continues to be a lot of anti-trafficking news both here in Iowa and around the country. Today’s blog post will help to 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. Over 20 direct service providers attended the recent meeting…

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Update on Iowa Anti-Trafficking Legislation and a big success in the U.S. Congress

Iowa 2018 legislation update Disappointing news from the Iowa Statehouse. We began the 2018 legislative session with ten anti-trafficking bills in January. The Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking endorsed all of these 10 bills as follows; SF 2300 for a study group on Mandatory Reporter Training improvements including the addition of human trafficking. (Charles Schneider…

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Hotel/Motel “Training of Trainers”

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS March 8, 2018 Governor Kim Reynolds helped the Iowa NAHT to kick off the statewide Iowa Hotel/Motel Employee Training Project last September. Since then, three “Training of Trainers” sessions have been held in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo. Seventy-five volunteers have completed the training, and are now providing hotel/motel employee training….

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Anti-Human Trafficking News and Resources

There is a lot of anti-trafficking activity and progress being made across Iowa. Today’s blog post is only a snippet of activity and new resources available. The DPS Office to Combat Human Trafficking has issued its 2017 annual report. They included some statistics in the annual report, from the national hotline and from Iowa law…

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Major upcoming Anti-Trafficking events, training, and reports

Proclamation signing for slavery and human trafficking prevention and awareness month Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Iowans used to think of slavery as a barbaric practice of the past but more of us are now realizing that the practice of enslaving human beings as property still exist in our country and in our state. Globally,…

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