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Today's Date 06/26/19
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  • 06/27 Thursday
    Grace Farms Tour
    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    06/29 Saturday
    Grace Farms Tour
    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Growing Community | All About Cucurbits
    10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Open Arts Studio for Families
    10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    Exploring Nature | Wildlife Encounters
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Grace Farms Tour

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Justice

Training

Training engagements seek to improve intelligence-led investigations, help with victim identification, and the prosecution of criminal perpetrators on human trafficking and wildlife trafficking cases. Eight trainings were facilitated at Grace Farms and beyond, resulting in 2,500 trained law enforcement officers. This included a training at the 51st Annual Narcotics Enforcement conference for 250 law enforcement officers in Rhode Island, a task force in Haiti, and a week-long crisis intervention training at Grace Farms. Topics ranged from financial seizures to service provider training and human trafficking victim support. Visit our Justice Initiative Trainings to learn more about our global collaborative trainings.

We also expanded our training to help Connecticut hotel employees identify and report instances of human trafficking. This training was mandated by Connecticut’s Public Act No. 16-71, to which we provided expert input. We have provided ongoing assistance to other states seeking to adopt similar laws.

Advocacy

Our public programming with industry thought leaders, policy experts, and politicians help raise awareness about human trafficking. Creating programing with advocates such as Senator Chris Murphy and attorney Vincent Nappo increases awareness about the criminal and civil violations of online platforms that knowingly advertise and facilitate sex trafficking. We also advocate for the criminal prosecution of online platforms, including Backpage.com, the largest online sex-trafficking platform, and its executives. Our programming and advocacy helps support the passage of protective laws. We advocated for an amendment to the federal Communications Decency Act, that successfully passed on April 1, 2018. A federal grand jury in Arizona indicted Backpage.com and its executives on April 9, 2018.

Our advocacy to raise awareness resulted in the new charitable organization Unchain.org. This idea for a global campaign to help raise awareness and inspire action to combat modern-day slavery was incubated at a Grace Farms’ workshop in 2016, hosted in collaboration with United Nations University. In 2018, Unchain.org became its out entity.

 

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