Second Call for Volunteers to Distribute Iowa Human Trafficking Rescue Stickers and Posters

Today we are again calling for volunteers to sign up to distribute Iowa Human Trafficking Rescue Stickers in your community. Approximately 7,500 stickers have already been distributed since the Network launched this new statewide project last January. The Network now also has a poster sized version of the sticker that measures 7’x14”. The sticker itself…

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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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Gridshock Film Tour and Nine Trafficking Convictions

Gridshock Documentary Tour: A Film about Sex Trafficking in Iowa After a very successful premier on April 2nd at the Des Moines Civic Center, Gridshock will be shown in six more Iowa cities on the following dates (see below). All events are open to the public. Gridshock is a documentary exposing the hidden and disturbing…

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16 Iowa cities join the fight against sex trafficking

Massage ordinances and sex trafficking For nearly two years, the Iowa NAHT Board of Directors has been urging local anti-trafficking coalitions and regional groups to encourage, and local cities to pass, ordinances to crack down on human trafficking and prostitution in Iowa’s illicit massage parlors. The Network has had an increasing concern that some spas…

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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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