Jane Mosbacher Morris has worked on countering human trafficking at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, a non-partisan, not-for-profit based in D.C., but part of Arizona State University. She noticed that with a handful of exceptions, such as Humanity United’s Alliance to End Slavery (ATEST), few organizations had ongoing collaborative relationships with other anti-trafficking non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or coalitions.
Few can argue with the premise that if all anti-trafficking groups share the ultimate goal of eradicating human trafficking, then identifying common objectives in the form of a strategy and coordinating to support this strategy would make all of our work more effective. Morris says that ssing an interagency working group, and with the leadership and input of civil society, the U.S. government could outline an interagency strategy to combat human trafficking. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has already produced an agency-specific Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy on which such a strategy could be built.
A multi-sector strategy to combat human trafficking could include clear objectives reflecting shared goals. Each government department and other major anti-trafficking funders could aim to resource against these goals and require that funding requests reflect priorities outlined in the strategy, as well as make a reasonable effort to coordinate with other anti-trafficking entities. This approach could provide the entire anti-trafficking space better transparency related to each other’s activities and highlight shortfalls within the space (such as focusing on prevention). Most importantly, this approach could make a significant difference.
Learn more at Jane Mosbacher Morris’ Huffington Port article: More Coordination Needed to Combat Human Trafficking.