To encourage the establishment of a survivor-led platform, a U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking that values survivors beyond their stories.
The U.S. government did not have an institutionalized structure to ensure that the knowledge and experience of trafficking survivors is considered when crafting policies and anti-trafficking initiatives. That knowledge and experience is vital to improving the quality of decision-making, and it is important that survivors have a platform to advise policy-makers of best practices.
Human trafficking is a complex and serious crime that tears at our social fabric. Efforts to combat this crime must be equally complex.: victim-centered, comprehensive, and trauma-informed. Legislation had been introduced (Survivors of Human Trafficking Empowerment Act) that would enable the government to be meaningfully informed by modern slavery survivors. That legislation is vital to help the U.S. government implement the most effective anti-trafficking policies and programs by establishing the first ever survivor-led U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. We joined ATEST in calling on the U.S. government to pass the Survivors of Human Trafficking Empowerment Act.
As a result of this campaign, the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking was created, an institutionalized structure that ensures the views of trafficking survivors are incorporated in policies and anti-trafficking initiatives.