Talking about Generation Freedom
The next President of the United States has an historic opportunity to use the power of the Oval Office to help eradicate modern slavery here at home and around the world. We’re calling on everyone who wants to be Commander-in-Chief to make the Generation Freedom platform a priority for their Administration and join us to end human trafficking.
Human trafficking is one of most compelling-- and under-addressed- human right issues of our time.
• Human trafficking is one of the most prevalent and worst examples of human evil in our world.
• There are an estimated 20.9 million victims of human trafficking around the world -- that means there are more people trapped in slavery today than at any other time in human history. (ILO)
• Human trafficking is defined as the exploitation of a person through force, fraud, or coercion for labor or commercial sex. While it is most often associated with commercial sex, trafficking can take many forms, including forced and child labor, domestic servitude, and debt-bondage.
• Trafficking can happen anywhere: in suburban homes and agricultural fields, at hotels and truck stops, in nail salons and gold mines, on fishing boats and factory floors.
• Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world. Traffickers are estimated to make more than $150 billion dollars in profits off of human misery every year. (ILO)
• The problem has a human impact. Survivors of human trafficking have reported horrific abuses including rape
, and modern slave labor
• But the issue is not just an international one -– it’s an American one.
• Slavery is illegal in every country in the world, but cases of forced labor and sex trafficking are found all around the globe, including in all 50 states and territories of the United States. (NHTRC)
• Cases of human trafficking have been reported in every state in the country. In fact, 85% of sex trafficking victims in the United States are U.S. citizens. (Covenant House)
• And experts agree that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Human trafficking has become the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.
The United States has a critical role to play in ending human trafficking.
• This is a global and national crisis that has gone on for too long, operating in the shadows and out of the public discourse. It’s time for America to be a leader in eradicating modern slavery.
• While there is great bipartisan consensus to combat human trafficking, our federal investments to combat human trafficking remain anemic. Each year the federal government dedicates less than $150 million to combating human trafficking -– compared to $30.5 billion for the war on drugs.
• We believe that America can do better and must increase our commitment to ending human tracking by building on the progress that we have made. The richest and most powerful country in the world can and should do more to take on human trafficking. If we commit to invest in a solution, we can lead the way to a more just and compassionate world overall.
The next President of the United States must tackle the issue of human trafficking head on.
• This isn’t just a moral issue or an economic one –- the way we choose to address human trafficking will impact our national identity and determine the kind of country we want to be. The land of the brave and the home of the free simply cannot afford to allow human trafficking to occur in our country.
• That’s why we’re calling on each of the current 2016 presidential candidates to pledge their support for increasing funding to combat human trafficking in the United States. This week we have asked Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich to commit their Administration to spending $3 billion each year toward building a coordinated program to take on human trafficking nationwide and around the globe.
We’re launching a new coalition called Generation Freedom to hold these candidates -- and the next American President -- accountable to solving the problem.
• Today, we’re announcing a new coalition called Generation Freedom that will unite the grassroots power of more than 70 organizations spanning human rights, international advocacy, faith and clergy leaders, and social service providers to ensure the next American President makes ending human trafficking a top priority.
• We’ll begin our work by launching a petition today to the 4 million members who are already active in our organizations to call on the presidential candidates to pledge their support. In the coming months, we plan to hold the candidates’ feet to the fire -– on both sides of the aisle –- through grassroots events, online engagement, and direct appeals.