Human Trafficking in the Trump Era

Human trafficking, or “the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act,” is unarguably one of the ugliest practices in the modern world. According to statistics released by the International Labour Organization, over 21 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking, and human trafficking grosses over $150 billion USD annually, making it also one of the world’s most lucrative and widespread illegal industries. The human suffering endured as a victim of human trafficking is unthinkable; a simple Google search for “human trafficking stories” reveals headlines such as “I carried his name on my body for nine years.”

In February, when President Donald Trump announced his commitment to ending the “epidemic” of human trafficking, many took a sigh of relief, knowing that human trafficking will remain a bipartisan and universal priority in our uncertain political climate. However, it is also critical to analyze how Trump’s policies affect human trafficking. In this article,  I will analyze immigration and poverty, two areas that contribute the most to human trafficking in the United States, and what Trump’s actions thus far mean for human trafficking.


Post-Election Shock: Thoughts on the Impact of Trump Presidency

Over the past week, almost all of the conversations that I’ve heard around me were regarding the results from the recent political election. And so if you haven’t heard yet: Mr. Donald Trump is our new president-elect.

The election’s outcome has taken over my coffee runs, my dinners, my email inbox and even my personal thoughts. Nonetheless, I think that it’s crucial to have the conversation because it’s arguably the first time that our society as a collective has been forced to acknowledge all of the bigotry, racism, sexism, and homophobia (despite having existed for years) that make up this country. And although the new president-elect Donald Trump may not necessarily advocate for such hatred (though I would like to argue otherwise), he is an emblem of what America truly is and always has been.


The Limits of American Democracy

Voting and involvement in the democratic process is one of the most basic rights a citizen can have, but in the United States access to this supposedly inalienable right is limited.  Although we are taught that we live in a country built upon a foundation of democracy and equality, our society has instead been structured around the protection of the livelihood of white people through the violent subjugation of minorities.  This subjugation has caused the denial of the humanity and fundamental rights of minority groups, including voting rights, and did not miraculously end in 1968 at the close of the Civil Rights Movement.  Although seemingly a relic of the past, the war on minority voters has continued through both legislative and unofficial reasons.


The Affordable Care Act: A Primer

In 2002’s State of the Union address, George Bush asserted that the United States had “the finest health care system in the world.” Today, no politician would dare make that claim for fear of being laughed out of office. Even in 2000, a system developed by the World Health Organization that ranked nations based on quality and access to healthcare placed the United States in 37th place, sandwiched between Costa Rica and Slovenia.