As part of a targeted effort to expand our program portfolio, IJP began to apply its extensive knowledge of criminal and human rights law for the benefit of human trafficking victims in 2013. Human trafficking is a global crisis and the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world. It affects millions of men, women and children around the world, and the U.S. is one of the top destinations for traffickers, with between 14,500 and 17,500 people worldwide trafficked into the U.S. every year. As a form of modern-day slavery, human trafficking exploits children, women and men for sex labor.
Working with Darfurian clients, Sudan is one example of how protracted armed conflict and genocide may directly contribute to human trafficking. According to the U.S. State Department, Sudan is a source, destination and transit country for trafficking. The Darfur genocide and ongoing conflict in Sudan have destabilized the region, resulting in widespread violence, poverty and displacement in the region. IJP is drafting a report that will highlight the connection between the ongoing genocide and conflict in Sudan and the proliferation of a abhorrent human rights violations, such as human trafficking. This report demonstrates IJP’s high-level research in the area of anti-trafficking and examines the various barriers to ending trafficking around the world. It examines how factors like poverty, displacement and armed conflict may increase the vulnerability of populations to trafficking and reviews international and national laws prohibiting the practice. Finally, it makes policy recommendations to the Sudanese government and international community for stopping trafficking in the region.
Follow the links below to learn more about key strategic projects undertaken by IJP to develop the program.
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