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A New Deal for Crime Victims

Monday, 29 April 2013 04:37
By Ted Gest
 
With nearly 6 million violent victimizations each year in the U.S., the nation needs "to permanently alter the way we treat victims of crime in America," the U.S. Department of Justice said today.
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Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice, pictured above, are preparing to launch a nationwide program to improve services for crime victims. Photo by Cliff 1066, via Flickr

The U.S. Justice Department is preparing to launch a nationwide program to improve services for crime victims.

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Her mother prostituted her at the age of six. By age 11, she was addicted to heroin and pregnant. But when local health officials saw her condition, they didn’t ask any questions about the circumstances of her pregnancy.

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Human trafficking is modern-day slavery whose victims include young women coming to the U.S. in search of a new life, children who grew up here but fall into a life of desperation and migrant workers robbed of the means to ensure their independence, a top Justice Department official said Wednesday.

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June 11—CNN International’s Freedom Project aired a raid by the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force in Westminster, CA, called “Operation China Doll”—the result of a 7-month investigation into an international prostitution ring.

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KALAMAZOO, MI –When Sara Morley-LaCroix began researching human trafficking and discovered it was happening locally, she immediatelyknew she had to do something.

So after attending a conference in Grand Rapids about trafficking in West Michigan, she formed the Kalamazoo Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition.

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Human trafficking has been described by the Justice Department as “a big moneymaker for criminals and a scourge to society” and a group that seeks to help those caught in its grips says the number of callers to its national hotline identifying themselves as victims is increasing — and that’s good.

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A report by Northeastern researchers released on Monday outlines ways local, state and federal law enforcement can improve the identification, investigation and prosecution of human trafficking. istockphoto.

To over­come the hur­dles to iden­ti­fying and pros­e­cuting human-​​trafficking cases, police and pros­e­cu­tors must sig­nif­i­cantly bol­ster edu­ca­tion and training and develop coor­di­nated, proac­tive inves­ti­ga­tion strate­gies, according to a new report pre­pared by North­eastern researchers in con­junc­tion with the Washington-​​based Urban Institute.

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The two Thais are strong men, but they wept Monday. One even abruptly jumped up from an interview table, darted into a corner, and buried his face there to hide and wipe tears that embarrassed him.

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The U.S. Justice Department once again failed to fulfill its mandate to prosecute criminal activity to the fullest extent of the law, a public-interest group dedicated to weeding out government corruption, fraud and waste noted on Friday.

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