In DAME Magazine’s recent article, How the Pandemic has Affected Survivors of Human Trafficking, the Institute’s Director of Victim Services, Marie Martinez Israelite, commented on the pervasiveness of labor trafficking within the U.S. The article describes how the economic instability brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the already-challenging financial situations of trafficking survivors and victims.
“People think that labor trafficking is something that only happens in the developing world,” said Martinez Israelite. “There’s a degree of discomfort that Americans have to face in looking at how much we rely upon exploitation in what we eat, what we wear, in our services, in construction, and in our elder care facilities.”
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About the author
Shannon serves as the Social Media & Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Human Trafficking Institute. A professional storyteller from Springfield, Virginia, Shannon graduated as an Honors Scholar from Liberty University with a major in Strategic Communication, a specialization in Social Media Management, and a minor in Spanish. Before her work with the Institute, Shannon served as the Blog Editor & Curator at the Dressember Foundation, managing a team of writers and editing videos to raise awareness and support fundraising efforts for Dressember’s anti-human trafficking work. She also interned and contributed content for various organizations, including the Liberty University School of Communication & the Arts, Chick-fil-A Franchise, CEA Study Abroad, and Phoenix Bikes.