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ABA president marks National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

ABA president marks National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

By John Glynn

The American Bar Association joins the nation in marking National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11. Human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery, is one of the most troubling criminal industries in the world. It occurs not only overseas, but also within America’s borders. Victims include adults and children, both men and women, and victims are trafficked for sex and for labor. 

Trafficking is a violation of human rights and human dignity that can be eradicated through increased awareness and compliance with the rule of law. Although many nations and every U.S. state have outlawed human trafficking, profound challenges remain in the fight to uncover criminal syndicates and prosecute offenders. Trafficking victims are often society’s most vulnerable and marginalized people: the poor, the undocumented, children in foster care or runaways.

Lawyers are a vital link in the fight against human trafficking through prevention, protection and prosecution. ABA members are actively combating human trafficking through a number of initiatives, including distribution of best practices and training information for volunteer and pro bono lawyers representing trafficking victims. For more information, please visit www.ambar.org/trafficking.   

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