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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Learn more about modern human trafficking—and how it affects women and girls—through six publications from the Women and Foreign Policy program.

August 03, 2017

Displaced women and children from the minority Yazidi sect, who were kidnapped by Islamic State militants of Tal Afar but managed to escape, are seen at a house in Duhok province, northern Iraq, November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
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Sunday, July 30 marked World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, an internationally-recognized day to bring attention to trafficking, a grave violation of human rights that undermines global stability. Over 45 million people are estimated to be trafficked or forced into labor around the world, with women and girls comprising 71 percent of all victims. This year’s World Day commemoration highlighted the relationship between trafficking and conflict, natural disaster, and the migration crisis.
Learn more about modern human trafficking—and how it affects women and girls—through these six publications from the Women and Foreign Policy program:

Risks and Opportunities for the World’s Refugee Women

This piece to mark World Refugee Day is authored by Mandana Hendessi, Women for Women International’s Syria Response and Iraq Director based in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 


Sexual Violence: Part and Parcel of the Political Economy of Terrorist Organizations

By Catherine Powell


Yazidi Slave Markets Just the Latest Atrocity in the Syrian Conflict

By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.


Five Questions About the Historic UN Summits on Refugees and Migrants

This interview is with Sarah Costa, executive director of the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC). Costa reflects on women and girls in the Syrian conflict and European migration crisis, as well as on the outcomes from the two historic summits on refugees and migrants at the United Nations General Assembly.


Five Questions About Germany’s Refugee Crisis

This interview is with Franziska Brantner, member of the German Bundestag and spokesperson for child and family policy for the parliamentary group of Bündnis 90/The Greens.


A Story of Migration and Child Marriage

By Jamille Bigio.

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