On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, will hold a conversation with Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, on U.S. efforts to monitor and combat modern slavery. The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Public Affairs and streamed live on DipNote, the Department of State’s official blog, at 2:30 p.m. ET. You are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast. Submit your questions now in the comment section below.
*TL G. in Texas writes:
US victim assistance, especially for domestic minors sex trafficking victims has been repeadedly stalled. There are groups trying to establish safe houses all across the country and provide leadership to the movement. They are struggling the with establishment protocols and funding streams due to many complicated factors that vary from state to state. What leadership role can this forum take in calling for a coordinated effort across the federal and state levels that work with public/private ventures in practical ways? Posted on Thu Feb 03, 2011
*Richard S. in Michigan writes:
My family and I certainly echo and reiterate what TL G. from Texas had posted on Thursday Feb. 3, 2011, in response to this event.
As victims ourselves, since March 16, 2007, of domestic minor sex trafficking, we tirelessly worked together with the State of Michigan to prosecute the drug-dealer who provided the narcotics causing the death of our 17-year old great granddaughter, granddaughter, daughter, sister and niece including our accepting an out-of-court settlement with the strip-club who knowingly hired Stephanie as a minor.
At the federal level, I have personally sat with Madam Secretary Hilda Solis of the Department of Labor and told our family’s tragic story about how Stephanie was trafficked within the blink of an eye and the last few days of her life.
Therefore, I too would like to know, “What leadership role can this forum take in calling for a coordinated effort across the federal and state levels that work with public/private ventures in practical ways?” Especially when our family has started two-nonprofits “Stephanie’s Place” and “AhEeCOSH – Adult Entertainment Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health” to help the U.S. end/stop human trafficking – modern/day slavery!
Thank you for your due diligent consideration and anticipated response.
Respectfully, Richard A. S., PD/PI Posted on Sun Feb 06, 2011