Protecting all South Florida Residents

Human trafficking is an often unseen problem that deeply affects South Florida communities. Florida ranks third in the country for incidents related to Human Trafficking. In 2018, Florida saw 767 human trafficking cases, and Palm Beach County ranks third within Florida for suspected cases of Human Trafficking.

What exactly is human trafficking? Human trafficking can take many forms including sexual or forced labor. In some cases, traffickers trick, defraud or physically force victims into providing sex. In others, victims are lied to, assaulted, threatened or manipulated into working under inhumane, illegal or otherwise unacceptable conditions. This is a multi-billion dollar, criminal industry that denies freedom to 24.9 million people around the world (Source: National Human Trafficking Hotline). 

 

As your Representative, Guido will work to end human trafficking by:

 

  • Pushing for State Department’s recommendations to end Human Trafficking in the United States. 

 

  • Increasing investigation and prosecution of labor trafficking cases.

 

  • Increasing the number of requests by federal law enforcement officials for Continued Presence and conduct targeted training to ensure such officials apply for Continued Presence in a timely manner and in all appropriate circumstances.

 

  • Shortening processing times and improve training for adjudicators. This will help victims obtain trafficking-related immigration benefits.

  • Seek to ensure immigration enforcement does not hinder human trafficking criminal law enforcement or victim protections.

 

  • Increasing access to victim services and short-term and/or transitional housing for victims. 

  • Encourage state, local, and tribal authorities to implement policies not to prosecute victims for the unlawful acts their traffickers compelled them to commit.

 

  • Removing the restriction on victim assistance funding for legal representation of victims in vacatur and expungement cases for the unlawful acts their traffickers compelled them to commit.

 

  • Mitigate vulnerabilities in employment-based or other nonimmigrant visa programs in the United States, including by increasing oversight of labor recruiters to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. 

 

  • Increase training of prosecutors and judges on mandatory forfeiture and restitution for trafficking victims. 

 

  • Increase survivor engagement, including by more systematically incorporating survivor input when forming policies, programs, and trainings. 

 

  • Increase prevention efforts, including through outreach to and intervention services for marginalized communities. 

 

Anyone can join in the fight against human trafficking. Here are the State Department’s 15 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking:

  1. Learn the indicators of human trafficking so you can help identify a potential trafficking victim. Human trafficking awareness training is available for individuals, businesses, first responders, law enforcement, educators, and federal employees, among others.

  2. If you are in the United States and believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking, report your suspicions to law enforcement by calling 911 or the 24-hour National Human Trafficking Hotline line at 1-888-373-7888.
    Trafficking victims, including undocumented individuals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.

  3. Be a conscientious and informed consumer. Discover your slavery footprint, ask who picked your tomatoes or made your clothes, or check out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Encourage companies to take steps to investigate and prevent human trafficking in their supply chains and publish the information, including supplier or factory lists, for consumer awareness.

  4. Volunteer and support anti-trafficking efforts in your community.

  5. Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal government representatives to let them know you care about combating human trafficking, and ask what they are doing to address it.

  6. Host an awareness-raising event to watch and discuss films about human trafficking. For example, learn how modern slavery exists today; watch an investigative documentary about sex trafficking; or discover how human trafficking can affect global food supply chains. Also, check out CNN’s Freedom Project for more stories on the different forms of human trafficking around the world.

  7. Organize a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to an anti-trafficking organization.

  8. Encourage your local schools to partner with students and include modern slavery in their curricula. As a parent, educator, or school administrator, be aware of how traffickers target school-aged children.

  9. Be well-informed. Set up a web alert to receive current human trafficking news. Become familiar with public awareness materials available from the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Homeland Security.

  10. Work with a local religious community or congregation to help stop trafficking by supporting a victim service provider or spreading awareness of human trafficking.

  11. Businesses: Provide jobs, internships, skills training, and other opportunities to trafficking survivors.

  12. Students: Take action on your campus. Join or establish a university club to raise awareness about human trafficking and initiate action throughout your local community. Consider doing one of your research papers on a topic concerning human trafficking. Request that human trafficking be included in university curricula.

  13. Health Care Providers: Learn how to identify the indicators of human trafficking and assist victims. With assistance from anti-trafficking organizations, extend low-cost or free services to human trafficking victims.

  14. Journalists: The media plays an enormous role in shaping perceptions and guiding the public conversation about human trafficking. Here are some media best practices on how to effectively and responsibly report stories on human trafficking.

  15. Attorneys: Offer human trafficking victims legal services, including support for those seeking benefits or special immigration status. Resources are available for attorneys representing victims of human trafficking.

 

 

Guido Weiss

- Democrat for Congress - 

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