PHT has been influential in reframing the anti-trafficking debate in constructive ways. Anti-trafficking discussions used to be dominated largely by organizations who focused on "rescuing" (and converting) trafficking victims who frequently ended up re-trafficked due to their untenable economic circumstances, indebtedness and lack of skills or legal status.

Gradually, the debate has shifted towards prevention and recognition of the need for and the creation of safety nets in the form of economic opportunities for those at highest risk of trafficking. President Obama issued a proclamation naming January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. While we at PHT cannot take full credit for this shift, we are encouraged that our approach is finally being recognized and supported. The success our organization has enjoyed since 1999 is no doubt attributable to focusing international attention on the root causes of human trafficking, and galvanizing support for locally driven, sustainable solutions. 


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