Isolation from technology and social networks increases risk of labor trafficking, USC study finds

Download the report (PDF) Migrant workers who are isolated from technology and social networks are more vulnerable to human trafficking, forced labor, and exploitation. These and other findings are detailed in a powerful new report, Technology and Labor Trafficking in a Network Society, released today by the Center for Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. This project was made possible by a grant from Humanity United, a U.S.-based foundation dedicated to building peace and advancing human freedom. The report includes the story of a young woman from the Philippines…

Technology and Labor Trafficking in a Network Society

General Overview, Emerging Innovations, and Philippines Case Study Mark Latonero, Ph.D., Bronwyn Wex, Ph.D., Meredith Dank, Ph.D. Download the report (PDF) Migrant workers who are isolated from technology and social networks are more vulnerable to human trafficking, forced labor, and exploitation. These and other findings are detailed in a powerful new report, Technology and Labor Trafficking in a Network Society, released today by the Center for Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. This project was made possible by a grant from Humanity United, a U.S.-based foundation dedicated to building…

CCLP collaborates to set forth guidelines for technological interventions of human trafficking

In 2011 and 2012 CCLP research director Mark Latonero published two pioneering reports on the role of technology in both facilitating and combatting human trafficking. The issue has been rising steadily on the agenda of policymakers and stakeholders in recent years. Most notably, President Obama and The White House have identified human trafficking as a high-priority human rights imperative, and have advocated specifically for the development of technologies to stop it. In order to facilitate the development of effective technological interventions that are responsive to the realities and complexities of human trafficking, CCLP has worked with partners including Microsoft…

USAID, CCLP call for students to address human trafficking online

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is tapping tech-savvy students to combat one of the most complex human rights issues of the 21st Century – human trafficking. On Wednesday, October 24, the agency launched ChallengeSlavery.org, its Counter Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) Campus Challenge. The initiative calls on university students to develop creative technology solutions to prevent human trafficking, to enable victims to escape from traffickers, and to assist survivors in recovering from trauma so that they can lead productive lives….

Amb. CdeBaca highlights CCLP efforts to combat human trafficking in year-end report

The director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking for the US State Department, Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, released his end of the year report on the initiatives pursued to combat human trafficking and forced labor. Annually, the State Department releases the Trafficking in Persons Report which not only focuses on the issues that are pervasive in human trafficking, but also laying out future plans in order to end this crime. The Center on Communication Leadership & Policy hosted Amb. CdeBaca and other officials from the State Dept., including Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,…

Spotlight on TIP efforts in Investor’s Business Daily

Investor's Business Daily recently profiled the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy's research project on human trafficking. CCLP's Research Director Mark Latonero shared his expertise on communication technology and trafficking in persons as well as some of the highlights from his August fact finding trip to Thailand and Cambodia and the research that has been undertaken so far by CCLP. —————————————————————————————————————– Tech Gets Enlisted In The War Against Human Trafficking By Shelia Riley, for INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY The fight against human trafficking is using a few new weapons: texting, iPhone apps and smarter passports. An estimated 12.3 million adults and…

Communication technology serves as a rare bright spot in Haitian recovery, CCLP research trip finds

The Republic of Haiti continues to struggle in its recovery efforts following the devastating January 2010 earthquake, but information and communication technologies are among the few infrastructure bright spots in the country, based on the observations from a recent fact-finding trip, in which the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) participated. CCLP Research Director Mark Latonero, who was selected for the week-long research project because of his work in communication technology and emergency management, found that cell phones and text messages were critical tools for sharing information about recovery efforts in the earthquake ravaged country. "Port-au-Prince still…

McClatchy Newspapers publishes award-winning series on human trafficking

In April of this year, The Kansas City Star was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for their groundbreaking series, "A New Slavery." The series, written by reporters Laura Bauer, Mike McGraw, and Mark Morris investigates the US' weak enforcement of human trafficking. The multi-piece series contains interviews with victims of trafficking, government officials, and other who have been affected by the crime and enforcing the laws to end it. The Kansas City Star is a subsidiary of The McClatchy Company. Congratulations to the writers of The Kansas City Star as well as Gary Pruitt, Center on Communication Leadership…