In 2020, Georgia's Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force's Work Group 6, which focuses on foreign nationals and labor trafficking, released a groundbreaking new report on labor trafficking in Georgia. The report is the first of its kind in Georgia and marks a renewed commitment to end human trafficking in all forms in the state, including forced labor.
The origin of the report stems from the important conversations had in 2019, when the Task Force convened experts and stakeholders from around the state for a special labor trafficking roundtable. The discussion was moderated by Susan Coppedge, the former United States Ambassador-at-Large for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking. Attendees included representatives from government agencies, non-profits, and academic institutions. The purpose of the convening was to begin conversations that yield actionable steps to raise awareness of forced labor in Georgia and better identify and serve trafficked persons.
The report provides an overview of forced labor in Georgia and summarizes experts' responses to the following key questions:
• How do we increase awareness of labor trafficking?
• How do we better serve victims of labor trafficking?
• How can we capture data on labor trafficking?
• What can be done on the state level?
The report concludes with specific recommendations and action steps to guide the state in its effort to combat labor trafficking and support survivors. One such step is the creation of a Labor Trafficking Advisory Committee, that will help the Task Force advance this important work.
The Labor Trafficking Roundtable Report is available on CJCC's website under Work Group 6 of the Human Trafficking Task Force.