Modern Slavery is a Growing Global Threat

I recently learned a lot about the growing global crime of sex and labor trafficking which deprives millions worldwide of their dignity and freedom. I am honored to have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS). As a new board member, I assisted with an anti-trafficking workshop…

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Freedom Drivers Project at the Iowa State Fair

The Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery wishes to once again pay tribute to and thank the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) for its exceptional efforts to fight both labor and sex trafficking. You may recall that my blog post before last carried a story about the Iowa Department of Transportation’s launch of a…

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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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TAHT Job Opening and Training Opportunities from Meskwaki

TAHT Job Opening Teens Against Human Trafficking (TAHT) is now accepting applications for a full-time program specialist! Please help us spread the word and share with your networks and anyone who might e interested in the position! To apply, visit https://www.yss.org/jobs/taht-voca-specialist/ * TAHT program staff work remotely, so applicants may be located throughout Central Iowa. Meskwaki…

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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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