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About 24.9 million persons are currently enslaved in sex or labor trafficking worldwide, and a new report says many countries often overlook human trafficking that takes place within their own borders. […] Read More

Noting a few positive examples of steps taken to promote religious freedom in 2018, an annual government report on religious freedom focused largely on violations of the right to exercise faith freely and without fear. […] Read More

A weeklong International Consultation to Women in Prostitution conference raised awareness among Baptists of the issue of sexual exploitation. Here is how they’re making a difference. […] Read More

Comprehensive anti-trafficking laws with severe consequences for violation, coupled with effective prosecution, is necessary to combat human trafficking worldwide, according to the U.S. State Department’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. The Palermo Protocol was adopted by the United Nations in November 2000 to provide international norms for preventing, suppressing and punishing those engaged in […] Read More

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson emphasized a distinction between policies and values in his May 3, 2017, address to State Department employees. “I think it’s important to also remember that guiding all of our foreign policy actions are our fundamental values: our values around freedom, human dignity, the way people are treated,” he stated. […] Read More

Laws against blasphemy and apostasy violate human rights and can inflame passions related to these matters, the U.S. State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report released on Wednesday (Aug. 10) said. “False accusations [of blasphemy or apostasy], often lodged in pursuit of personal vendettas or for the personal gain of the accuser, are not uncommon,” […] Read More

Religious minorities experience a “heightened vulnerability” to human trafficking – modern-day slavery – according to the 2016 U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. “Modern-day slavery doesn’t happen only in war zones,” said Secretary of State John Kerry upon the report’s release. “It exists in areas of both darkness and plain sight of people […] Read More

The strength of civil society has increased globally in recent years, giving “ordinary citizens more power and responsibility” and threatening “governments that wish to monopolize power and evade responsibility.” Yet, in 2015 a “global crackdown by authoritarian states on civil society deepened, silencing independent voices, impoverishing political discourse and closing avenues for peaceful change,” according […] Read More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared Islamic State (Daesh) actions in the Middle East against Christians, Yezidis and other religious groups to be genocide. “In my judgment, Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Christians, Yezidis and Shia Muslims,” he stated on Thursday morning (March 17). “Daesh is […] Read More

The U.S. State Department was asked last week if the Islamic State (IS, also called ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) was committing genocide. An earlier report by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) labeled IS actions toward the Yezidi people in northern Iraq and Syria as genocide. A reporter asked the State Department to respond to […] Read More