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NYC Might Stop Honoring Immigrant Detainment Orders

If a City Council proposal passes this week, New York City might be able to start ignoring detention requests issued by immigration authorities without a warrant from a federal judge. Police may honor a "hold" or "detainer" of an immigrant only if the subject has been convicted of a “violent or serious crime.” Read the full [...]

By | October 14th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Trafficking Victims Not Likely to Get Restitution

Sex trafficking victims are the least likely to receive any compensation in courts. A three year study shows that courts ordered compensation in only 36% of trafficking cases. Labor trafficking has seen more success in this than sex trafficking cases, with the request for restitution at 94% and an 87% order rate, compared to a 61% rate [...]

By | October 10th, 2014|News|0 Comments

How to Spot a Trafficking Victim at an Airport

It is well known that human trafficking exists in the U.S., in our cities and neighborhoods, but what are the signs to spot a trafficking victim? How to know whether a situation is more than just suspicious in today's society? What happens if it turns out it is trafficking? What are the next steps? Law [...]

By | October 8th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Amelia Todd – Battling Trafficking in the Philippines

Amelia Todd, GAIN’s social media intern and a second-year law student at Emory Law, spent the summer in the Philippines working to stop child sex trafficking. Read about her experience here. I spent my first summer in law school working in the Philippines with the global anti-trafficking nonprofit International Justice Mission (IJM), an organization dedicated [...]

By | October 6th, 2014|News|0 Comments

China CrackDown on Trafficking in Foreign Brides

Chinese police plan to more strictly enforce anti-trafficking efforts through the shutting down of websites that promote group tours for foreign men to meet Southeast Asian women and take them back to their countries as "foreign brides." Most of these websites start with kidnappings and end with the women being sold to others after entering the country [...]

By | October 2nd, 2014|News|0 Comments

Q & A About Asylum

The Portland Press Herald just released some frequently asked questions [and their corresponding answers] about asylum and addresses topics such as who is eligible for asylum, the difference between asylum seekers and refugees, and what the asylum process looks like. Click here to see the Q&A.

By | September 30th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Syrian Women and Children Need More Protection

Syria - a country at the center of the international community's focus right now. Are the millions of women and children displaced within Syria and refugees without being considered, though? IRC's new report tells the stories of many of the women and children left behind, or even with their families, who feel unprotected, harassed, and in danger. [...]

By | September 25th, 2014|News|0 Comments

October 1 Discussion and Fundraiser

Join GAIN next Wednesday, October 1, for (1) a discussion on modern-day slavery in America at the Dekalb County Courthouse, followed by (2) a dinner at Chai Pani, with 20% of the proceeds benefitting GAIN. 1. MODERN DAY SLAVERY IN AMERICA: A DISCUSSION ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND CHILD EXPLOITATION October 1, 2014 | 6:00 pm [...]

By | September 24th, 2014|GAIN Events|0 Comments

Better Than Borrowed: a Charity Consignment Event

Come shop and sell this Saturday, September 27 with local Atlanta vendors. All proceeds benefit GAIN. RSVP to betterthanborrowatl@gmail.com.

By | September 23rd, 2014|GAIN Events|0 Comments

Emory Public Interest Conference on the Legal Challenges in Fostering & Adopting

Emory's Public Interest Committee is hosting a conference this upcoming Saturday on the legal challenges in fostering and adopting in Georgia, with a special panel on immigration. It is a free event with free breakfast and lunch served, but registration is required. Click here to register.

By | September 22nd, 2014|GAIN Events|0 Comments