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Due to ongoing concerns over human trafficking in the fishing industry, Congress directed the Department of Justice to convene a senior interagency working group to examine legal and jurisdictional issues related to human trafficking on fishing vessels in international waters and to make recommendations for executive and legislative action. The working group held multiple interagency meetings and consultations with external stakeholders, including industry representatives, worker advocacy organizations, anti-trafficking organizations, and survivors. Drawing on this expertise, this new report analyzes the legal and regulatory authority of the United States government to prevent and respond to human trafficking on U.S. and foreign flagged vessels fishing in international waters, and also analyzes gaps in this legal and regulatory framework. The report contains 27 high-level recommendations to Congress and to the executive branch to fill the gaps identified in the report.

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The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future