Organized Crime and Human Trafficking

Last week, the Department of Justice charged 14 Gambino Crime Family Associates with multiple criminal offenses, including sex trafficking of a minor. This is among the first federal cases targeting organized crime groups with human trafficking offenses in the United States.  This particular case helps highlight two significant points in regards to [...]

Philadelphia Freedom

Click below to watch a clip from the Pennsylvania Lobby Day to end human trafficking!

Last week, I headed up the I-95 corridor to my hometown just outside of Philadelphia. One reason for my trip was to attend an annual fundraising gala organized by Lower Merion High School student group, S.U.A.V.E (Students [...]

Anti-Trafficking Strategic Tip: Go After the Landlords and Property Owners!

As many people in the anti-trafficking field know, commercial-front “massage parlors” throughout the United States can sometimes be a cover for illegal prostitution activity and also for human trafficking.  These places have one reason of staying in business, the profits, and the profits only come from one place, the johns.  [...]

Making connections: lessons learned abroad

As a case manager and therapist at Polaris Project, I sometimes feel so focused on my day-to-day work that it becomes difficult to see, and know, the anti-trafficking movement as a whole. I connect victims here in the United States to housing, medical, and legal resources and provide trauma-focused therapy, but I [...]