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8/2/2010 - Crack Cocaine and Powder Cocaine Punishments Modified
Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Fair Sentencing Act, which will lessen the federal sentencing disparity between crack cocaine possession and powder cocaine possession....

6/21/2010 - New York State Senate Passes Bill Allowing Victims of Sex Trafficking to Clear Records
On Wednesday, the New York State Senate passed legislation that enables victims of sex trafficking to clear their records of prostitution-related offenses....

6/18/2010 - Secretary Clinton Releases 2010 Human Trafficking Report
On Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the State Department's 10th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report, a 373-page document which outlines the prevalence of global trafficking and assesses the world's effort to implement procedures of prevention, protection, and prosecution....

5/28/2010 - National Security Strategy Vows to Support Rights of Women and Girls
The National Security Strategy released by the Obama administration yesterday includes a section that vows to support the rights of women and girls....

5/6/2010 - Feminist Global Heroes Honored
On May 4, at a dinner event in Los Angeles, the Feminist Majority Foundation gave its sixth annual Eleanor Roosevelt awards to three women and one man who have distinguished themselves in service of global women's rights. The awardees were novelist/activist Khaled Hosseini, feminist and labor organizer Dolores Huerta, formerly imprisoned Iranian graduate student activist Esha Momeni and Ms....

3/23/2010 - Cambodian Ban Step in the Right Direction to Combat Human Trafficking
Cambodia has temporarily barred South Korean men from marrying Cambodian women....

3/11/2010 - Clinton Presents International Women of Courage Awards
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama awarded 10 honorees with the International Women of Courage Award yesterday at the State Department. Among Clinton's remarks, she said "we are honoring women from around the world who have endured isolation and intimidation, violence and imprisonment....

2/11/2010 - Study Indicates Ohio is Hub of Sex & Labor Trafficking
A new report released yesterday by the Ohio Trafficking in Persons Study Commission indicates that approximately 1,800 American and immigrant children are coerced into sex-trafficking or forced labor in Ohio....

2/8/2010 - Laura Chinchilla Elected First Woman President of Costa Rica
In a landmark victory on Sunday, Laura Chinchilla was elected as the first woman president of Costa Rica....

10/13/2009 - FMF Hosts Women of Color Conference at Spelman College
Over three hundred women of color and their allies gathered at the Third Annual Women of Color Conference at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia on October 9 and 10....

9/11/2009 - US Contractors in Afghanistan Accused of Sex Trafficking
Contractors hired to guard the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan have been accused of sex trafficking....

8/13/2009 - Immigrant Workers Win Suit against Employers
Two women hired to work as nannies won a federal lawsuit last week against their employers....

6/17/2009 - US Human Trafficking Watchlist Grows to Include 52 Countries
After the State Department issued the 2009 Human Trafficking Report yesterday, the Obama administration also released a watchlist of countries that are not taking appropriate measures to reduce and end human trafficking....

6/16/2009 - 2009 Human Trafficking Report Issued by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued the ninth annual Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report today....

3/19/2009 - Anti-Choice Bill Reintroduced in Florida Legislature
State-level legislation was reintroduced in the Florida legislature Wednesday that would require women who are seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound and the option to view the images prior to the procedure....

2/18/2009 - Sexual Exploitation the Most Common Form of Human Trafficking, Report Finds
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has published findings showing that sexual exploitation and forced labor are the most common forms of human trafficking in the world....

1/13/2009 - ACLU Files Trafficking Victims Protection Act Suit
The American Civil Liberties Union charged in a suit filed yesterday that some funds distributed through the Trafficking Victims Protection Act by the Department of Health and Human Services were in violation of the separation of church and state....

12/12/2008 - Congress Passes Strong Anti Trafficking Law
Late Wednesday night, the Senate passed by unanimous consent the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act that was passed earlier in the day by the House....

12/4/2008 - Two Women Sentenced to Death in Iran
Two Iranian women have been sentenced to death in the past week, one by stoning....

11/17/2008 - Sex Traffickers Plead Guilty to Fraud and Prostitution Charges
Ten members of an internet-based sex trafficking network were sentenced last week in the United Kingdom after pleading guilty to money laundering and prostitution charges....

7/9/2008 - Afghan Warlords Abuse Boys
United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, took on the practice of young boys being kept as sex slaves by powerful warlords....

5/28/2008 - Report Finds Evidence of Child Abuse by Aid Workers
A report released Tuesday by Save the Children UK states that children living in conflict-effected zones are being sexually abused by international humanitarian aid workers and UN peacekeepers....

5/6/2008 - Malaysia Rejects Plans of Travel Restrictions for Women
The Malaysian government rejected a proposal on Monday that would require women traveling outside of the country to have a letter from their parents or employers verifying the women's reasons for traveling....

5/2/2008 - National Center for Women and Policing Holds Human Trafficking Seminar
The National Center for Women and Policing (NCWP) joined with the Canadian Boarder Services Agency (CBSA), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) to hold a seminar on human trafficking at the Canadian Embassy on May 1....

3/5/2008 - Kansas Planned Parenthood Cleared of Charges
A Kansas Planned Parenthood clinic was cleared of any wrongdoing on Monday when the grand jury refused to issue an indictment....