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ABA ‘Voices for Victims’ video on human trafficking honored by American Business Awards


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ABA ‘Voices for Victims’ video on human trafficking honored by American Business Awards

By Daniel Buchanan

Voices for Victims: Lawyers Against Human Trafficking, a video produced for the American Bar Association Task Force on Human Trafficking in partnership with the ABA Communications and Media Relations Division, received a Bronze Stevie Award from the American Business Awards.

The Stevie Awards honor the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business people worldwide. More than 3,200 entries from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry in the United States competed in the premier business awards program.

This year’s finalists, announced Tuesday during ceremonies at the Fairmont Millennium Park Hotel in Chicago, included Microsoft, the National Football League, Procter & Gamble, Sony and Heineken USA.

The ABA video is the centerpiece of the toolkit for state and local bar associations, developed to help lawyers respond after President Barack Obama challenged Americans to end “one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time” — human trafficking.

The video is a crucial component of the ABA’s yearlong effort to mobilize its nearly 400,000 members in the fight against modern-day slavery. More than a call to action, the video includes tangible approaches to meet the problem head-on.

Underscoring the relevance of the video, U.S. Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, who directs the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, said: “Victims of trafficking are vulnerable because they don’t have a voice in society. And what do lawyers do? We give others a voice.”

This is the second time the ABA has received an honor from the American Business Awards. Last year the association earned a Gold Stevie Award for Surviving a Disaster: Are You Prepared?

Earlier this year, Voices for Victims: Lawyers Against Human Trafficking earned a Bronze Telly Award, a runner-up to first place. Read more about this honor here.

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